MLS Franchise for Miami-Dade County Possibility as Commission Weighs Temporary Home
Miami could be a possibility for MLS Franchise as spokesman for soccer Superstar David Beckham’s group announced that an
MLS Franchise can be housed in Miami, they state that their focus is finding a new site for a new stadium in the county. , The
idea of using a temporary venue is being put forward by the Miami-Dade County Commission all of it
while the search for a permanent home for an MLS team in Miami continues.
There has been a negotiation that Florida International University is a possibility for a venue, to use the school’s football
stadium. Mayor Carlos Gimenez or someone that represents him will be directed on a resolution that the County
Commission will vote on Tuesday.
Reports say that District 11 Commissioner Juan Zapata (who has district the stadium lays) will co-
sponsor the resolution along with Commissioners Barbara Jordan (District 1), Jean Monestime (District
c2) and Jose “Pepe” Diaz (District 12). If passed, the resolution would give Mayor Gimenez 90 days to
negotiate with FIU for a deal. The focus remans on finding a new site for a new stadium, a spokesman
for both MLS and Miami Beckham United indicated.
A spokesman for Miami Beckham United said via email that “Things are progressing in Miami, and we
are very much on track in our plans,” also added that “David Beckham is very positive about the future
of the club, and he continues to enjoy incredible support from the people in Miami. Right now, our focus
is on identifying the location for a purpose-built stadium that will be the team’s permanent home.
Careful consideration will be given to FIU when we address the opportunities for a temporary facility.”
A mayoral spokesman said via email that “The mayor is evaluating the possibility of having Mr.
Beckham’s franchise begin play at FIU,” also said that “However, [Beckham’s] organization has not
indicated a desire to see this arrangement be made, at least not to Mayor Gimenez.”
Zapata told the Miami Herald back in late December he thinks beginning play in a temporary venue is
the way forward for Beckham’s group. “It makes it easier to sell a known product,” Zapata told the
Herald. “And it doesn’t look good for us to not be proactive. Until we figure out a stadium plan, I think
we’ve got to get a team on the field.”
Beckham recently said on an interview on E! Online that they “We’re pretty close to announcing certain
things and then the stadium will come after that,” Beckham said. “You can’t build a stadium overnight,
so finding the right site, finding the right place in Miami is important for us. But it will all start coming
together pretty quickly and everything will start happening pretty soon.” It is just a matter of time till an
MLS Franchise kicksoff in the Miami-Dade County and the prospects of it is really high.