Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Miami Commish hosting watch party

World Cup Countdown: 15 Days to Go!

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sen. Javier Souto, District 10, will host a game-watching event for the opening game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament on Thursday, June 12 at 4 p.m. at Kendall Soccer Park, 8011 SW 127th Ave.

Brazil, the host country of this year’s FIFA World Cup, is scheduled to face Croatia in the first match of the month-long tournament.

“I invite all the soccer fans in the community to come out and enjoy the game with their friends and neighbors,” Sen. Souto said.

 For more information, call the District 10 office at 305-222-2116.


You won't find this at Toledo Airport.

World Cup Countdown: 15 days to Go!

In case you needed any more proof that Miami is a soccer-crazed city and the gateway to the Brazil World Cup, check out the souvenir kiosks and airport book store selections at Miami International Airport!


and check out the book selection...England and Spanish...


Coral Gables Museum World Cup exhibit

World Cup Countdown: 15 Days to Go!

The World Cup opener is just over two weeks away, and the Coral Gables Museum is planning a June 6 event to get into the Cup are the details...

Gallery Night Live at Coral Gables Museum features two new exhibits and

a live performance by Rose Max and Ramatis 5-piece Samba Band



Coral Gables, FL. - May 28, 2014 – The June 6 Gallery Night Live at the Coral Gables Museum will offer two new original exhibits:  12 Stadiums │ 12 Cities:  Brazil 2014 World Soccer Destination and Capture Coral Gables.  Also performing in the Museum Plaza will be noted Brazilian artists Rose Max and Ramatis with their five piece Samba ensemble.  The Museum offer complimentary admission from 6-9pm.

“The Coral Gables Museum is breathing new energy into the First Friday Gables Gallery Night experience, this coming Gallery Night Live at the Museum will be special,” said Christine Rupp, Director of the Coral Gables Museum.  “The 12 Stadiums │ 12 Cities:  Brazil 2014 World Soccer Destination exhibit and its surrounding activities and programs will give the Miami/South Florida community a different way of experiencing the World Cup and will unite people of all nationalities through soccer.”  In addition, the opening of the Capture Coral Gables exhibit is great for the community, as it showcases photographs that were shot around the City Beautiful and chosen by our judges as part of our annual photography contest.  Museum visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite photos.   Add that to the performance by Rose Max and you have a fabulous, entertaining evening in the heart of downtown Coral Gables.”

The Coral Gables Museum is located at 285 Aragon Avenue in downtown Coral Gables. For more information regarding the exhibits and associated activities, please call 305-603-8067 or visit

Friday, May 23, 2014

Newest Beckham stadium plans

David Beckham's group on Thursday unveiled their new plans for a downtown #MLS stadium and waterfront park at the FEC boat slip between AmericanAirlines Arena and Museum Park. It would join the museum area with the arena and create a continuous green space along the water that, in my opinion, would be much more attractive than what is there now. In my mind, it would enhance the waterfront area and make it more of an attraction. Right now, the FEC slip area is underutilized, there is no nature there, and there are beer cans and garbage floating in the water. The project still has a long way to go, and voters will get to decide in November. Stay tuned.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014

Historic US domestic TV deal announced...

31 Days to the World Cup, and domestic soccer in this country is about to get a lot more high-profile...

MLS and US Soccer announced a new 8-year TV deal with ESPN, Fox and Univision that is reportedly worth $90 million her year, which is triple what they were getting before.

MLS commissioner Don Garber said today at a press conference that the expansion plans for a second NY team and "downtown teams in Miami and Atlanta'' are key because they are major markets and will help the growth of the sport and national TV ratings in the US. Now, if David Beckham could just work out that little waterfront stadium issue...

Here's the TV deal press release...

NEW YORK (May 12, 2014) – Major League Soccer and U.S. Soccer have signed new television and media rights partnerships with ESPN, FOX Sports and Univision Deportes, reaching eight-year agreements with the networks to televise MLS and U.S. Soccer matches in the United States through the end of 2022.  The announcement was made today by MLS Commissioner Don Garber, U.S. Soccer CEO/General Secretary Dan Flynn, ESPN, Inc. President and Disney Media Networks Co-Chairman John Skipper,  FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 General Manager and Chief Operating Officer David Nathanson and Univision Deportes President Juan Carlos Rodriguez.

 For the first time in Major League Soccer’s history, all three television partners will feature an exclusive MLS Match of the Week, providing soccer fans throughout the country with a destination day and time for each network.  The Univision family of networks will televise a game of the week on Friday evenings -- primarily on UniMás -- and a wrap-up show on Sundays.  The Friday night match on the Univision family of networks will be the first time a Spanish-language television network will have its own exclusive night with a major professional sports league based in the United States.

 Soccer fans will be able to enjoy a doubleheader of MLS action every Sunday, as ESPN and FOX Sports 1 will televise back-to-back MLS matches on Sundays at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET, respectively.  More than 125 MLS matches will be televised annually on the three networks.

 The new agreements also will include extensive marketing and promotional support from all network partners, including dedicated campaign support and cross-promotion across all three networks for upcoming MLS and U.S. Soccer matches. In addition, ESPN, FOX Sports and Univision Deportes will develop multi-platform initiatives to build the profile of MLS and U.S. Soccer players

Thursday, May 08, 2014

David Beckham videos, stories

David Beckham visited the Miami Herald newsroom for two hours on Thursday. He, manager Simon Fuller, and their group met with the editorial board, outlined their plans for a Miami MLS team/stadium and fielded all our questions.

Here are video links and story links of their visit...

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Beckham video at Miami-Dade County Hall

For those of you who can't get enough of the David Beckham-Miami-MLS story...

Here he is, in spiffy suit, arriving at Miami-Dade County Hall Wednesday morning to talk to commissioners about his MLS stadium project. He later expressed interest in Mayor Carlos Gimenez' proposal to consider the boat slip adjacent to AmericanAirlines Arena as a possible waterfront stadium site.


Miami leads the US in Panini sticker sales

World Cup Countown: 36 Days to Go!

If you are a TRUE soccer fan, you don't think toasted sandwich when you hear the word Panini. You think World Cup sticker albums!! Turns out Miami leads the nation in sticker sales so far this summer...Here is my story on the Panini sticker craze that has been huge in Europe and Latin America for five decades, and is catching fire here, too.


Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Strikers/Heat promotion

Ft. Lauderdale Strikers fans will be rooting extra hard for the Miami Heat in the playoffs this week becuase if the Heat wins, fans can take their Heat ticket stub to Lockhart Stadium and get into the Strikers game against Atlanta on Saturday for $5.

"It’s important that we all stick together as local teams and support each other,” said Tom Mulroy, President of the Strikers. “This is just a small way of showing our support to the Heat during their playoff run. Our team also has playoff aspirations, and a win on Saturday night will bring the Strikers a step closer to our League playoffs!”

Fans must simply bring a ticket stub from either Tuesday or Thursday night’s winning game to Lockhart Stadium on Saturday, May 10th to receive a general admission ticket for only $5. Lockhart Stadium's gates open at 5:30 p.m., with the Strikers and Silverbacks set to kickoff at 7:30 p.m.