Read the latest in the Beckham PortMiami stadium plan...
Among the many tourists visiting Miami this week: The World Cup trophy. Yes, THE World Cup trophy, in all its golden glory.
Here's the press release...
On April 14, Washington D.C. will be the first stop in the United States, during which the tour will visit the U.S. State Department and the residence of the Brazilian Ambassador for special events. After stops in Miami on April 15-16 and Atlanta on April 17, the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy will visit Los Angeles for a two-day fan experience on April 19 and 20 at L.A. LIVE. Coca-Cola will bring the FIFA World Cup™ to life in Los Angeles with Brazilian-themed entertainment, and fans will be transported to Brazil through a hologram experience.
For the latest from the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour including exclusive interviews, photos and videos, visit the official website www.fifa.com/trophytour, the official Facebook page www.facebook.com/trophytour, and Twitter at www.twitter.com/trophytour / @trophytour where an official photo blogger will live tweet directly from the events.
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England's national team will have a 1-week training camp in Miami before heading to Brazil for the World Cup. Wayne Rooney and Co. are scheduled to fly to Miami June 1, play friendlies against Ecuador June 4 and Honduras June 7, and then head to to Brazil.
Initially, the WAGS (wives and girlfriends) were invited to Miami with the team. But that plan changed. Read about it here...
71 Days to the World Cup...
Closer to home, the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, who open their Spring Season Apr. 12 vs. the Ottawa Fury, just signed local midfielder, Mitchell Lopez. The 20-year-old Opa Locka native went through open tryouts in February and impressed the coaching staff.
“Mitchell is a very hard-working young man and shows a lot of promise,” said Strikers Head Coach Günter Kronsteiner in a press release. “He impressed us at the tryout and had continued to give his all for us in preseason.”
Lopez appeared in several preseason games for the Strikers, getting time at both center back and holding midfield. He scored a memorable volley from outside the box in the 5-1 win against Florida Atlantic University on March 16.
Born in Opa-locka, Fla. to a Brazilian mother and Cuban father, Lopez moved around during his youth and lived in South Florida, Brazil and Uruguay.
Current roster: Goalkeepers (2) – Oka Nikolov, Lionel Brown Defenders (6) – Stefan Antonijevic, Matt Hall, Ivan Guerrero, Justin Chavez, Stephane Guillaume, Rafael Alves Midfielders (11) – Mitchell Lopez, Chris Nurse, Gonzalo De Mujica, Pecka, Martin Nuñez, Fafa Picault, Carlos Salazar, Shawn Chin, Mark Anderson, Darnell King, Manny Gonzalez Forwards (3) – Aly Alberto Hassan, Marius Ebbers, Yaikel Perez
Major League Soccer opened its 19th season this weekend and two former Miami Fusion players made headlines.
Former FIU/Miami Fusion goalkeeper Jeff Cassar won his first game as head coach of Real Salt Lake, as they beat the LA Galaxy 1-0. And former Fusion midfielder Pablo Mastroeni, who retired from the Colorado Rapids after 11 seasons this year, was named head coach of the team. Both Cassar and Mastroeni were fan (and media) favorites with the Fusion, and it's nice to see both of them still around contributing to the game.
Among the MLS scores this weekend: Seattle beat Kansas City 1-0 in stoppage time. Houston beat New England 4-0. Philadelphia and Portland tied 1-1. Vancouver beat New York 4-1. And Columbus beat DC 3-0, extending DC's winless streak to 13 games.
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All of a sudden, that little plot of land on the southwest corner of PortMiami is HOT property, and David Beckham may have a hard time getting it for his MLS stadium...
Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber told reporters today at the league draft in Philadelphia that an announcement on David Beckham's Miami expansion MLS team will be in "early February.''
Garber said he was in Miami last week, working out finances and a viable stadium plan.
Check the Miami Herald for more details.
In other news, England's World Cup team will play tuneup games in Miami at Sun Life Stadium June 4 vs. Ecuador (3 p.m.) and June 7 vs. Honduras (4:45 p.m.).
The US women's national team plays Russia in Boca Raton's FAU Stadium on Feb. 8.