Major League Soccer is continuing its effort to extend the reach of the league by implementing an expansion plan to have numerous teams spring up on the American landscape over the years.
One of the franchises to grace the MLS is aimed to land in Miami, with former LA Galaxy and Manchester United star David Beckham taking ownership.
However, while some assumed the process of finalizing a squad at a certain destination is simple, obstacles will arise, and so far as the Miami situation looks, the main hinderance has been the location and implementation of a stadium project.
Sun Life Stadium, the home of Miami Hurricanes and Miami Dolphins, has arisen as a feasible solution to the stadium problem, and Donna Shalala, the president of the University of Miami, stated her eagerness to share the field with Beckham’s crew.
Meanwhile, commissioner Don Garber hasn’t felt his original optimism decline. He believes franchise-building necessitates patience and praised Beckham for his professionalism.
“I do believe that there is a deal to get done there, so the comment on ‘when, not if’ was very much about that I believe that there is a possibility for us to be in Miami, but it does need to be right,” Garber said to Ives Galarcep of Goal.com. “Just because an opportunity exists doesn’t mean that we’re going to close on that deal because we want to be sure that any new team has the opportunity to be successful.
“He’s incredibly smart, he’s focused, he’s done his research and homework,” Garber said of Beckham’s work on the Miami expansion project. “He comes well-prepared to meetings, whether it is here at the league or its with city officials or other potential investors.
A soccer-specific stadium is the best case scenario, but the location and accessibility of a place like Sun Life Stadium would provide great considerable benefits. Plus, Sun Life’s natural grass, if taken care of properly, will give future European stars in MLS a suitable playing surface.