David Beckham has “December 31 deadline” to make MLS in Miami a reality

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Tick tock, tick tock.

You hear that Becks? Time to get a shift on fella, this MLS franchise in Miami isn’t going to sort itself out you know?

Well, in case you missed it on Tuesday, massive news came elsewhere on the soccer scene in Florida as Orlando City became Major League Soccer’s 21st franchise.

In Orlando to celebrate with the ownership and fans of MLS’ newest club was Commissioner Don Garber, who spoke out about a franchise in Miami becoming a direct rival for Orlando. After that, the Sun Sentinel claims that Beckham has until the end of this year to get his franchise signed and sealed under the terms of the clause he had in his original MLS contract.

Um, that’s news to us, right guys? That interesting tidbits of news on Beckham’s proposed ownership of a new franchise in Miami would make sense as to why Goldenballs is in a rush and wants to get LeBron James on board. The global superstar only has until December 31, 2013 to get everything done and dusted to make his cut price expansion franchise, costing just $25 million, a realty under the terms he set out when he signed with LA Galaxy and MLS back in 2007.

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As for the Commish, Garber is hopeful a soccer franchise in Miami would work out.

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David Beckham is trying to get LeBron James on board with his proposed MLS franchise in Miami… will it come together before January 1?

“We have been working hard. I was in Miami Friday and Saturday and met with the mayor during that meeting. There is a lot of momentum in that city,” Garber said. “He’s [Beckham] been out meeting with partners, a couple of celebrity partners. The ownership group is coming together. They have been working to find a location for a soccer-specific stadium. If those pieces come together the way we all hope they will, then we could have a team in the next number of years in Miami, but there is still a lot of work to do on all those fronts.”

Tick tock, tick tock.

So, are we really going to see two MLS teams added to Florida in just over a month? It looks that way.

With Beckham meeting all the important people involved in Miami and Bolivian billionaire Marcelo Claure ready to spend the big bucks at Becks’ side, it seems as though he has a tight deadline to work with.

Many people are suggesting MLS teams in Florida will once again be a flop. But with the huge numbers on show during Orlando’s launch party on Tuesday and the massive amounts of cash and celebrity status of Beckham’s side in Miami, it seems as though Florida plan to do it big this time round.

They just need to get a shift on. Tick tock, tick tock.

WATCH: Camila’s wicked swerving goal for Brazil

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The Tournament of Nations got underway earlier Thursday, with Brazil and Japan drawing 1-1 in Seattle.

While some in the crowd may’ve been waiting to see the United States women’s national team and Australia in the second game of the twin bill, they got an absolute treat from Brazil’s Camila.

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The Orlando Pride midfielder is yet to scoop up 10 caps, but blasted this 25-yard goal home with a wicked outside bend.

The aesthetics are terrific.

LA Galaxy’s second Dos Santos signing is a season-changer

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Remember this day, MLS fans, as one that perhaps helped determine an MLS Cup Finalist.

The LA Galaxy have signed Villarreal midfielder and Mexican national teamer Jonathan Dos Santos, and he’s the sort of player who could alter the landscape of the Western Conference.

Like Nicolas Lodeiro to Seattle last season and New England’s addition of Jermaine Jones in 2014, Dos Santos’ move comes with the distinct possibility of elevating LA into the next stratosphere.

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Take the Galaxy’s history of winning, and toss in a midseason coaching improvement from Curt Onalfo to Sigi Schmid, as well as MVP-in-their-own-right caliber teammates Giovani Dos Santos, Romain Alessandrini, and Jelle van Damme.

Don’t sleep on the fact that Schmid might be gathering momentum from inheriting a talented and underachieving roster and a brand new game-changing midfielder, which feels a bit like karmic retribution for Seattle firing him and signing Lodeiro the next day last season. Seattle only went and won the MLS Cup.

Schmid has used any number of formations, but could deploy a 4-3-3 with Jona Dos Santos, Jermaine Jones, and Joao Pedro in the midfielder and Giovani Dos Santos, Alessandrini, and Gyasi Zardes up top (Sebastian Lletget could return at some point, too).

Now FC Dallas is very deep, Sporting KC looks powerful, and Seattle won it all last year — plus, may be adding Derlis Gonzalez?!? — but LA’s move to add Dos Santos creates a quartet of teams with proven mettle (Houston looks decent, too, but I have concerns about their first-time as a unit in the playoffs).

Joey Barton’s gambling ban lowered by almost 5 months

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Joey Barton’s 18-month ban for betting on almost 1,300 soccer-related events has been lowered to 13 months and one week.

Putting aside the hilarity of grown men and women discussing whether an extra week was necessary, the alteration means he’ll be eligible to return to football on June 1, 2018.

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While that still hampers the idea of the 34-year-old playing again — he’ll be 36 when the ban ends — it’s a significant change if he’s open to the idea of returning to the game.

Barton’s original ban expired in late October 2018, well into a season. From Sky Sports:

The appeal board also agreed: “It was clear that Mr Barton was not involved in any cheating, he did not influence any games and there was nothing suspicious about his bets.

“(The reduction) reflects the overall seriousness of the breaches and also the mitigation of Mr Barton’s addiction.”

Barton’s remarkably controversial career has including several suspensions and imprisonment, but he always found his way back to the field and was very good when in form. After time at Manchester City and Newcastle United, Barton fended off naysayers with stints at QPR, Marseille, Burnley, and a regrettable move to Rangers.

We may see him on the field in August 2018.

FIFA fines Qatar after players’ political support for Emir

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ZURICH (AP) FIFA has fined Qatar’s soccer federation after national team players breached rules against political statements by displaying T-shirts of the country’s Emir at a World Cup qualifier.

FIFA says its disciplinary panel imposed a 50,000 Swiss francs ($51,800) fine and reprimanded Qatar, the 2022 World Cup host.

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The incident happened in Doha on June 13, amid a dispute with regional rivals Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

Qatar’s players warmed up for a 3-2 win over South Korea wearing white T-shirts with an image of Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to show their support for him.

FIFA says the charges related to “displaying a political image” and “political displays” by spectators.