MLS Expansion: Miami is One of Three “Spoken For” Expansion Sites: Nightly Soccer Report

Miami is one of the three “spoken for” expansion sites that MLS Commissioner Don Garber referenced on Wednesday, according to a report tonight in the Sun Sentinel newspaper.

According to Garber, three of the four MLS expansion teams have been spoken for, to be added between 2015 and 2020, which will expand the league to 24 teams. The other two cities that are spoken for are believed to be Orlando and Atlanta.

But before soccer fans in South Florida start giving David Beckham high fives in anticipation of an announcement between now and the MLS Cup game, I have some reservations regarding the news. Even though I live in South Florida and would love to see MLS return to my area, the stadium issue is a concern. South Florida is a sprawling metropolis that includes four counties. If the team is to succeed, it needs to find a home that’s easily accessible by commuters from the three main counties — Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade.

If Beckham and friend (and possibly co-investor/partner) Marcelo Claure make a mistake by putting a Miami team at Florida International University, the new MLS franchise is doomed before it even gets off the ground. That location would shut out soccer fans from Broward and Palm Beach counties who wouldn’t visit the stadium in large numbers due to how far the stadium is from the north.

If Miami is one of the three “spoken for” markets, let’s hope Beckham is getting advice and doing his homework from others instead of just Claure.

Here are tonight’s world soccer news headlines:


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