David Beckham Announcement Regarding MLS Team In Miami Expected Soon: Monday Soccer Insider

I am hearing rumblings of an MLS announcement about David Beckham and a Miami franchise. My sources indicate it will be announced either in December at MLS Cup or in January at the Superdraft/NSCAA Convention. Either way, Orlando City will have been announced as moving from USL PRO to MLS by that time creating an instant Florida derby in the American top flight. I am hearing the Miami team could start play anytime from 2015 to 2017. As more details emerge, we will keep you posted at World Soccer Talk.

The New York Red Bulls under Mike Petke have won their first ever trophy – the MLS Supporters Shield. The resounding 5-2 victory over Chicago in front of a sold-out Red Bull Arena was the shot in the arm the local sport needed in the world’s largest media market. The international game is remarkably popular in the New York media market, but the local/domestic game has been struggling since the early 1980s. The Red Bulls success means so much to developing the market not just locally but nationally.

Tim Cahill has won his first major trophy at the club level with the Red Bulls victory. Cahill has played in two FA Cup Finals and was for a long time one of the biggest impact midfielders in English football. Yet it took moving to America to win a trophy, and you could tell in the dying moments of the match nobody in the stadium was happier than he was.

Speaking of New York, the New York Cosmos clinched the NASL (US second division) fall title this weekend as well. Congratulations to them. They will face Atlanta in the Soccer Bowl final on November 9, a match that will be broadcast nationally on ESPN3, only the second time an NASL team has appeared on an ESPN network (the Tampa Bay Rowdies friendly match vs. Orlando City was shown on ESPN3 earlier this season).

Burnley sit atop the Championship table after a convincing 2-0 victory over QPR. Danny Ings fantastic team goal with Sam Vokes at Turf Moor put the Clarets ahead and from that point forward QPR was chasing the game. Given that in recent seasons, Burnley has lost Steven Fletcher, Jay Rodriguez and Charlie Austin, it could have meant regression for a club of modest economic means, but the Clarets have continued to attract good players to Lancashire and are producing scintillating attacking football. This is especially important for a club whose supporter ethos revolves around playing nicely, with the ball on the ground and a nice passing game.

This season QPR have signed Nico Kranjcar, Charlie Austin away from Burnley, Karl Henry away from Wolves, Richard Dunne away from Villa, Matty Phillips away from Blackpool, and got the “English Xavi” Thomas Carroll on loan from Spurs. They shed few players from last year’s well paid Premier League squad and yet, as of today, sit outside the automatic promotion places. QPR’s squad is bigger than the vast majority the best top-flight leagues in Europe, and their weekly wage bill is estimated to be as high 50 times that of the smallest clubs in their division. Sometimes having too many players and too many options can kill a side. Or maybe given the length of the Championship season, this problem will become a blessing down the road?

Hertha Berlin, who have taken the Bundesliga by storm, played Bayern Munich about as well as possible in a 3-2 loss on Saturday. They used an interesting formation; a 4-4-2 going forward that became a 4-2-3-1 when dropping back. Perhaps this is a formula more sides will employ again Bayern, who right now look like the top team in Europe.

AS Roma keep winning. Not being in European competition at all seem to be help Rudi Garcia’s club when compared to other top Italian sides.

The scenes at the end of the Norwich-Cardiff match were more an indictment of Leroy Fer as the villain, not Ricky van Wolfswinkel. If you watch closely, van Wolfswinkel simply wanted to return the ball to Cardiff City but Fer was asking him for the ball, at which the Dutch striker gave an aghast look before throwing in to his compatriot and teammate.

Manuel Pellegrini has said in relation to his decision to not shake hands with Jose Mourinho following Manchester City’s dramatic 2-1 defeat in West London, “No, I didn’t shake hands. Because I didn’t want to.” Asked why, he said: “I repeat, I didn’t want to shake hands. I don’t want to say more.” As for Mourinho’s celebration, Pellegrini said “I didn’t expect anything else. It is a different way to celebrate from me.”

Pellegrini got his tactics spot on Sunday. But Manchester City, despite what some commentators think, are simply not a good enough side to compete with the top teams in England. The back four is incredibly poor, and too many questions still persist in central midfield. Fernandinho has gotten better, but Yaya Toure’s impact on the tempo of matches this season has been negligible and the side is collectively committing too many lapses in concentration to be considered a contender for honors of any kind this season. I previously blamed Pellegrini’s naivety about English football for City’s woes, but he’s adjusted accordingly and yet the problems continue. This means despite the hype and large amounts of cash spent assembling the side, it is very possible Manchester City are simply not good enough to win a trophy or perhaps even qualify for Europe in competitive Premier League this season.

One under-discussed topic this year in England has been the tremendous impact of Victor Wanyama at Southampton. Sure he was a dominant player at Celtic, but the SPL isn’t exactly the best indicator of success in England’s top flight. Wanyama’s partnership in central midfield with Morgan Schneiderlin, who has been with Southampton since their League One days, has been one of the best combinations at any level of English football this season.

For a long while, Paris Saint-Germain looked especially vulnerable against St. Étienne. But as always the Paris side benefited from timely attacking play, and also a red card to salvage a 2-2 draw.

8 thoughts on “David Beckham Announcement Regarding MLS Team In Miami Expected Soon: Monday Soccer Insider”

  1. Not certain that I like Miami right now as an expansion site but I do not doubt your sources. So I presume Florida FC the Miami Strikers or better yet if the future Sir David is involved the Miami Benders will be a done deal.

    It appears that MLS attendance and tv ratings are taking an upswing in part due to the new EPL deal with NBC. Funny hoiw that works. In any event it was great ot see a big and energized crowd in NY last night even if it came at the expense of my Chicago Fire.

    MLS has seemed to joined the Democratic Party in a strategy to win the coast lines but neglect the heartland. A new team in the Midwest would mean a great deal to KC, Chicago, and the Crew. MLS should not forget middle American.

    1. The problem is that MLS’s model will never be able to really cover the US in any sort of dense manner. I’m on vacation in England right now primarily to see a Manchester United game and I was explaining to my wife how many soccer clubs there are around and how wearing Manchester United gear around the greater Manchester area won’t make you as many friends as wearing Pittsburgh Steelers gear around Pittsburgh will.

      So…..put teams where they can function properly, enjoy your local lower division soccer clubs and watch the good stuff on TV.

      1. As the game grows who knows where we are head. The popularity is exploding by all accounts and with the other major sports dried up for talent in the US and locations soccer still has room to grow aplenty. Remember that 3 MLS teams are Canadian and the US based teams number 16 with one more already planned.

  2. I liked that YaYa moved up to a more attacking position but I would have preferred Milner over Nasri or Garcia. I don’t understand what the deal with Navas is. He can’t play 90 minutes and to not get the start on Sunday was very odd. I thought with Negredo not getting a start either was odd. He and Aguerro have put together a very good attack but as you said the back four is abominable.

    Hart’s gaffe to give up the goal can go to a lot of reasons but it comes down to him. Unless Kompany can stay healthy, City won’t compete for a top four spot this year.

    1. I think we should be able to finish in the top 4. The title is chelseas to lose in my opinion.
      And i think Arsenal are more poised to challenge than us.

  3. re: “…Bayern, who right now look like the top team in Europe.” Not so fast, Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona and few others will have something to say about that.

  4. The question (and curiosity) I have, why does MLS think that a Miami team will succeed this time around? The Miami Fusion in their last year was great under Roy Hudson. They played a nice passing game with ball movement and forward game and MLS still removed the Team. They were also getting good attendance in those final 2 years.

    A comment above talked about teams in mid-America. I remember for years during the 80’s and 90’s, St.Louis was touted as the soccer capital of the United States, yet they never got a MLS club, not even in the inaugural year.

    I agree with building up NASL (2nd Div) and USL teams in places that MLS won’t put teams in. I think with a strong NASL, the US Open Cup could become a very good tournament and get higher value for MLS clubs and fans.

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