Talks begin as Beckham’s group looking to build its Miami stadium next to Marlins Park

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It’s been a rough year for “MLS in Miami” since David Beckham and company announced the intention to bring a franchise to South Florida for the first time since 2001.

Their intention of finding a place for their soccer-specific stadium downtown — an MLS must — has proved trickier and infuriating, leading to rumors that the whole thing could end before it plays a single match.

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But Miami Herald reporter Doug Hanks said on Thursday that Miami mayor Tomas Regalado had a Friday meeting scheduled with Beckham and his partners, which inlclude billionaire businessman Marcelo Claure.

Hanks has a summation of the meeting that should make many of the fans aching for an MLS return to Miami feel quite decent.

A good sign, indeed.