Category: Miami MLS Team

MLS takes calculated risk with Miami amidst stadium concerns

On Monday, MLS did what it promised not to do in Miami. The top-flight soccer league in the United States approved Miami as its newest expansion team even though the stadium location is far from being finalized and the plans could be in jeopardy of imploding this summer if a court’s ruling doesn’t go its way. In 2014, MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in his state of the league address that “Until we get [a stadium in Miami] finalized, we can’t make a commitment to Miami.” And that stadium deal is far from being done. David Beckham and his investors ... Read more

Beckham open to possibility of NWSL team for Miami

Photo credit: Christopher Harris David Beckham is open to the possibility of Miami’s new MLS franchise fielding a NWSL team in the future, according to his remarks in a press conference on Monday. Asked whether Beckham would be interested in adding a women’s team, Beckham said, “At the moment, we have a blank canvas so we want to create a community with our club. It’s not just being a MLS team, which obviously we are. We want to be a global team. But we want to have other outlets and other reaches. And if that means we have a women’s ... Read more

Chelsea and PSG owners eye Beckham MLS Miami buy-in, says report

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, Paris Saint Germain’s Qatari owners and a Chinese group are among investors looking at purchasing a majority stake in David Beckham’s Major League Soccer team, the Miami Herald reported. Citing an unnamed source close to the negotiations, the newspaper said Beckham has been around the world in the past six months seeking partners to invest $300 million (267.1 million euros) for stadium construction and players for the planned Miami club. While Beckham might not be the majority partner in the team, it has been his face that has sparked the project since its inception, when he ... Read more

Access to public transit makes David Beckham’s Miami MLS stadium site a winner

The long and winding road of David Beckham’s stadium saga in south Florida is nearing the final stages. After years of discussion centering on “sexy” sites on the water and close to Marlins Park, the former England International did what he should have done from the get-go – settle on a practical site that is near public transit.   Publicly, MLS demanded a downtown stadium and Beckham wanted one with a vista. The optics were important to a league trying to appear to be doing something different in a market where MLS had previously flopped, though that was a completely ... Read more

MLS owners back Beckham Miami deal, and expansion up to 28 clubs

Major League Soccer’s board of governors approved the planned new stadium location for David Beckham’s expansion team in Miami on Saturday and backed future MLS expansion to 28 teams. On the eve of the 20th MLS Cup championship match between the Columbus Crew and Portland Timbers, club owners backed the deal announced a day earlier by Beckham to purchase land northwest of downtown Miami to build a stadium for what will be the North American league’s 24th team. Expansion teams in Atlanta, Minnesota and Los Angeles are also set to join the league in the next three years. No timetable ... Read more

Maldini tackles Beckham in Miami – should MLS be worried? By Simon Evans

The North American Soccer League hates being called a ‘second division’ and so the turn of phrase used by Italy’s venerable daily newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport on Thursday will have cheered the league’s commission Bill Peterson. Reporting the announcement that Miami is to have an NASL team from next season – owned by soccer television entrepreneur Riccardo Silva and former AC Milan and Italy defender Paolo Maldini, the famous pink paper described the NASL as “the alternative league to Major League Soccer”. In a certain sense, NASL is indeed the alternative. The structure of the league, in which clubs are ... Read more

Why NASL expansion to Miami smacks of desperation; By Kartik Krishnaiyer

NASL’s announcement of an expansion team in Miami beginning in 2016 was met with a wide range of opinions and a certain degree of shock among the American soccer intelligentsia. The new club, Miami FC, which shares the same name of the Miami FC team from 2006-2010 that morphed into the team now known as the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, boasts an impressive ownership group featuring AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini and MP & Silva President Riccardo Silva. During recent months, NASL has been dominated by expansion rumors (the league that must add teams in the near future to meet the requirements for Division 2 ... Read more

David Beckham can learn lessons about South Florida from the Fort Lauderdale Strikers

David Beckham’s lofty ambitions to build an MLS superclub in Miami have gone virtually nowhere over the past 14 months, but up I-95 about 25 miles, the NASL’s Fort Lauderdale Strikers are teaching Beckham thing or two about marketing. The Strikers, who began their first season under new ownership on Saturday, set a club record attendance with 11,691 fans at Lockhart Stadium who witnessed a 1-0 loss to the New York Cosmos. So massive was this number that it broke the previous club record by almost 4,000 fans and exceeded the opening match totals for the Miami Fusion in their final ... Read more