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UPDATED David Beckham team says Miami remains 'preferred choice' for MLS franchise

@PatriciaMazzei

Is David Beckham, in the face of obstacles in Miami, looking for another possible home for his Major League Soccer expansion franchise?

A local spokesman for Miami Beckham United declined Friday to confirm a Yahoo Sports report that, citing an unnamed source, said Beckham could leave town to take over the Chivas USA team in Los Angeles instead.

"We don't discuss specifics of proposals," publicist Tadd Schwartz said in a statement. "Miami is our preferred choice and we are working hard to give the people of the city what they want and deserve, however we have always said that there are other cities that would welcome an MLS club owned by David and his partners."

UPDATE: MLS President Mark Abbott denied the Yahoo Sports report in an interview with the Miami Herald on Friday afternoon.

"I don't know where that report came from," he said. "There's no discussion about that right now. The league is not engaged in this conversation with [Beckham's group] about Chivas."

It's possible, of course, that Beckham's group is having discussions that MLS has not yet been involved in.

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ed jenkins

The citizens have stated that they welcome all legal businesses into town but warn them that money confiscated from taxpayers will not be used to purchase property plant and equipment for private business owners who will benefit from those facilities and that any public lands can only be acquired or leased for market rates. The citizens have come to realize that this soccer enterprise was nothing but an attempt to steal public lands at below market rates to profit at taxpayers expense disguised as a soccer enterprise because all citizens know that soccer is not a game this country is interested in so no profit would be generated from a soccer enterprise.

Uncle Ed

We want MLS in Miami! Local Politicians should point out what areas are available and support this before Beckham takes his $250M to another city. It should be at the PORT! Miami deserves a spectacular stadium in downtown! https://www.facebook.com/SouthernLegionMLS

dave

if you think people in this country arent interested in soccer then you are clearly a moron.

 President of the Southern Legion

Miami deserves a beautiful stadium. And it should be in downtown. No reason the Port can’t be that location. We support Beckham and we want MLS. I ask Mayor Gimenez and Mayor Regalado to get it done.

Pedro

We all want MSL in Miami. Miami is an international city with residents and visitors from all over the world who love futbol. In order to become a global city, we should support Beckham and build him a landmark stadium in downtown Miami on the waterfront that he wants. Just as Pat Riley put Miami on the map for basketball, Beckham will put Miami on the world map with futbol.

Route 1 Soccer (@route1soccer)

PortMiami, as already designed and ready to go, first. If not, Bayfront amphitheater could easily be re-designed into a 20-25,000 seat stadium/concert venue. Re-energizes and re-activates Bayside shops, restaurants, entertainment, and tourism, and all of the anti-Ultra people can feel a bit better about the crowds being more contained and manageable around that time each year. Two great sites, both win-win situations for Miami and Major League Soccer.

Taxed and spent

"The stadium will re-energize and revitalize the area". Wow. now where have I heard that before?

Oh wait, every stadium deal that's ever come down the pike I'll bet that's what Titus told the Roman citizens when he was using their money to build the coliseum.

So far Miami is 0 for 3 on the "re-energize and revitalize" score.

ed jenkins

We have seen that these out state swindlers may not have given up efforts to steal public lands at below market prices or lease rates. These swindlers who disguise their attempts to take advantage of the citizens have now sent to this hometown paper website several commenters to make a false appearance of support among the citizens for this real estate scam disguised as a soccer venture.

MiamiWins

I am writing on my own free accord, and I urge our leaders to assist in making the people's team a reality.
The Port was an excellent site, as would the other locations in Miami.

Half man,  half amazing

Who is this Ed Jenkins guy? He's always here with his propaganda about out of town swindlers, sounds a lot like you're in the Norman Braman camp and have not given up the Seaport Alliance fight. It's obvious you know nothing about what's really happening here, you say it's a land grab for cheap while you have companies like Royal Caribbean paying way less than their share for land their business sit on...that's more interesting that your rants because the real swindlers are those big business corporations you support. Pretty soon there will be another post for another soccer hater, he goes by the name "D" and he'll jump on saying shut up and no one cares about soccer and so on. I seriously think the mental institution need to do a head check, because two running the streets ranting with crazy talk!

insane is doing it 4 times.

Royal Caribbean is screwing the taxpayers so that makes it open season on my wallet? WTF?

File it under crybaby.

"Mommy you're giving Jeffery, Mickey and Stevie millions ...and they already have stadiums. Why can't I have the same?

Juan Sanchez

Soccer is very popular in Miami. Brazil, Real Madrid, Barcelona and others draw huge crowds, Beckham should be able to draw around 20,000 in Miami no problem. Let's get this done.

D

Hey you prick half man you called me out again so here I am you soccer loser. Go whine to someone else already about how no one likes your crappy sport in this country so we won't build stadiums to sit empty for your boringassed soccer games because people in this country would rather watch paint dry than get stuck watching such a godawful game you loser.

KT

I liked the idea of the stadium next to American airlines but not at the cost to the tax payer. That means the stadium needs to be fully paid for by Beckham's group. If they want that "PRIME" real estate on the water , then they need to pay for it.

Also, I would prefer they pick a different spot just a bit outside of downtown. Has anyone seen the traffic during Heat games? Imagine trying to get into the proposed location and the surrounded inconveniences it would cost.

MV3

ed jenking, it's pretty obvious you are being paid to write bad about Beckham's group - you show up in every single article and talk like a robot

Willie Willen

Who the heck is this Jenkins guy ? What interest does he have to B.S. on this post.

 Scammers?

David Beckham's handlers aren't even using Becks as a spokesmodel anymore. Can you say, "carpetbaggers"? How about out-of-town swindlers? The rumor is Beckham's handlers refuse to pay for a site. Maybe LA or Tallahassee will give these speculators free land? Taxpayers in Miami are itching for another recall.

BayBelleTrist

"if you think people in this country arent interested in soccer then you are clearly a moron."

Why don't you say that in the face of a bunch of football fans at the local bar? I'm sure they will enjoy leaving you in bloody piles!

"ed jenking, it's pretty obvious you are being paid to write bad about Beckham's group - you show up in every single article and talk like a robot"

Nice trolling attempt from you! Now go back to fantasizing about women you will never have!

"Who the heck is this Jenkins guy ? What interest does he have to B.S. on this post."

Yeah, and your post was reeeeal intelligent too! Go back to kindergarten poindexter!

@D

Excellent rant. I'll also add that David Beckham will get his stadium...by BEGGING Garber, the other MLS owners and (his idol) Jeffrey Loria to agree to make Marlins Park the new PERMANENT home of Fusion 2.0 or whatever they call themselves. Hey, if it works for the Steinbrenners/Manchester City, it will work for Beckham too!

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