By DAN KARELL
David Beckham has been keeping a low profile since his latest downtown stadium proposal was rejected, but news on a potential MLS franchise in Miami could be coming soon.
Speaking on a morning program on Univision, Bolivian entrepreneur Marcelo Claure, a member of Beckham’s MLS ownership group, stated that he believes the hurdles that Beckham has had to overcome may be a thing of the past.
“We have a new project which is buying a soccer team for Miami,” Claure said. “We are partners with David Beckham, and with all the problems that we have had with Miami politicians [for a] stadium, I think we’re in the final part of making some important announcements.”
Claure, who is the CEO of Sprint Corp. and who’s net worth is close to $1 billion, claimed that he wouldn’t stop working until he’s successful at bringing an MLS team to Miami.
“It can’t be that the most Latin city in the country doesn’t have a soccer team,” Claure said. “My job is to make sure to change that.
“It’s very important to me that Miami has a soccer team.”
Claure’s comments follow similar ones from Beckham on Sept. 10, when he told Bloomberg that he was confident that bringing a team to Miami “will happen.” Beckham was recently invited by a City of Miami commissioner to take a look at a piece of waterfront property that could be turned into a stadium. That property was the former home of the Miami Herald.
Beckham and his ownership group announced in February 2014 that they were exercising their option to operate an MLS expansion franchise, and had chosen Miami as their target location.
Initially, Beckham attempted to acquire a portion of land on the southwest corner of PortMiami, but shifted his view towards an under-utilized boat slip near the AmericanAirlines Arena after significant commercial opposition. However, Miami mayor Tomás Regalado ruled the second stadium site out after a meeting with Beckham’s real estate advisor John Alschuler and city manager Daniel Alfonso on June 10.
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