Today could be an historic day for Miami. It could be the day a fifth major-league professional moves one step closer to calling South Florida home. Or, it could be the day of crushing disappointment for Marcelo Claure, the billionaire behind a bid to bring Major League Soccer to Miami. Claure has been in Spain this week in last-minute negotiations with Barcelona FC, and according to Sport.es, he expects a final decision either way to come down Friday. Our sources have told us much of the same. As soon as we hear anything, we'll let you know.
Translation of the Sport.es story:
The latest messages from the MSL and its surroundings are not exactly optimistic news regarding the allocation of new licenses to participate in USA League soccer. The approximately $ 40 million needed to tackle the project and the harsh economic crisis the country was not invited to take on big adventures.
However, it appears that this somewhat pessimistic atmosphere does not affect the willingness of Marcelo Claure, a member of Barça in the landing in the United States. The Bolivian entrepreneur is convinced that the final response will be positive and, moreover, will be made public in a matter of hours.
The conviction of the Bolivian reaches point that since a few days ago is in Barcelona to finalize the details of the proposed Miami. Claure has held several meetings with members of Barcelona, as well as others who could be linked directly to project future club. You do not want to step back in this adventure. Last Sunday, in statements that reflected the Bolivian newspaper La Razón ', the employer claimed that the administrative process is in the final straight. "We're still in negotiations with the MSL and we will define the future of the franchise in Miami in the next seven days." It has been five days and Claure has moved to Barcelona in anticipation of a happy ending. Want to be part of the final decision together with his initiative.
In Barca prefer to remain silent after a few days ago showed some reluctance to the project and the corporate CEO, Joan Olive, said that the club is not willing to make financial contributions to this initiative. The prevailing wisdom waiting to hear officially if the license is awarded by the 2010 final and the dream is a reality and the club extends azulgrana borders in Florida.
Moreover, by the express order of the boat and Claure, the office in Miami continues its mission to search for different political and economic support to ensure the viability and profitability of the enormous challenge.