MLS expresses concern over stadium plans of Atlanta, Orlando and Miami
Miami are in dire need of acquiring an MLS expansion franchise. The move would help the club raise some funds to put things in order. Meanwhile, the MLS commissioner Don Garber cited the names of three to four teams to TSN that are expected to be added to the league before the end of the decade.
Moreover, Garber also mentioned the names of Atlanta, Orlando and Miami, teams that desperately need to make certain improvements in a couple of their departments. It is believed that the lack of a proper stadium is holding back Miami’s bid. Earlier, MLS deputy commissioner and president Mark Abbott spoke to ESPN on this topic. Abbott was defiant about MLS’s stance on the issue and made it clear that an improvement was expected.
“I wouldn't say yet that there is a Miami bid,” Abbott said. “Obviously there are people in Miami who are thinking about or looking at the possibility of MLS. Obviously David Beckham has been there to visit, but a key component of any city's plan to come to MLS -- and Miami is no different -- is having a stadium plan. So there's a number of pieces in Miami that would still have to come together. There's no bid going in Miami right now.”
Meanwhile, the legendary David Beckham is working with Miami at a personal capacity to help the club establish, a project that he considers to be his own. The former English footballer has met with Bolivian billionaire Marcelo Claure to discuss establishing a strong team in Miami.
Claure, who is a member of the Florida International University Board of Trustees, is eager to bring Miami and MLS together by putting together an improved FIU Stadium. Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross is also interested in putting Miami into MLS. Ross who owns Sun Life Stadium is also considered an unsuitable location by the MLS.
Orlando is working hard on their project, as a matter of fact they have already secured the $20 million they need to renovate and upgrade their stadium. Atlanta has also confirmed plans about improving their stadium. Looks like Beckham needs to work some magic if he wants to see soccer at Miami.