In today's print edition, I wrote about the emergency meeting among South Florida's soccer glitterati to save Miami FC, which is in real danger of folding weeks before the 2009 season is set to begin.
Due to space constraints, lots of interesting tidbits ended up on the cutting board.
1. Miami FC could end up playing at FIU Stadium. Miami FC has played at Tropical Park since coming to town in 2006. But with uncertainty surrounding the MLS bid, FIU might be inclined to lease its stadium to Miami FC. FIU men’s coach Munga Eketebi was among the soccer VIPs asked to attend Monday’s meeting.
2. Others attending the meeting included: Barry Witlin of South Florida United Youth Soccer Association, a representative from Soccer Locker and David Duckenfield of Balsera Communications Group.
3. The odds of Miami getting an MLS expansion team will take a significant hit if FC Barcelona backs out as Marcelo Claure's bid partner. Miami FC executives put the figure as high as 80 percent that Miami would not get a team if that is the case.
4. However, if MLS does award Miami a team, Traffic Sports would be open to having a partnership with the new franchise, much like is the case in Seattle, which kept the name Sounders, a team that played in USL-1 from 1994 through 2008.