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Miami congressman: David Beckham should put his MLS stadium in Homestead


With David Beckham and his investors taking some time to consider their options for a Major League Soccer stadium in Miami, everyone's chiming in with a proposed location.

The latest politician to weigh in: Congressman Joe Garcia.

The Miami Democrat sent a letter Tuesday suggesting Miami Beckham United look south to Homestead and Florida City, which are in his district.

Garcia cited support from local elected officials, lower land purchasing and development costs than in downtown Miami and ethnic diversity as selling points for a suburban stadium. 

"In addition to the residents of the City of Miami, these South Dade communities would help form a devoted fan base that would fuel attendance at games and contribute to a strong sense of solidarity with a with the team," Garcia wrote to Bill Talbert, president and chief executive of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Beckham's group, however, has made it clear that it wants to be near the county's urban core, preferably by public transportation. MLS has indicated that a potential site in Little Havana next to Marlins Park is too far from downtown to work, given the league's experience with expansion franchises elsewhere.

That message has done little to stop politicians from throwing around ideas, some wilder than others.

On Tuesday, Miami-Dade Commissioner Sally Heyman called the Miami Dolphins' Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, which seats more than 70,000, "perfect" for MLS -- even though MLS averages about 18,000 fans a match.