A clue that Beckham MLS team in Miami is still in the works...

By Michelle Kaufman

mkaufman@MiamiHerald.com

After a huge initial buzz in February 2014 when soccer icon David Beckham announced he wanted to bring a Major League Soccer team to Miami, things have been mighty quiet of late as they work out their stadium land deal.

But a story in the Miami Herald last week may be a clue that the Beckham plan is still in the works...

 

Monday, January 09, 2017

Miami FC to stay in NASL -- for now

By Michelle Kaufman

mkaufman@MiamiHerald.com

Miami FC will stay in the North American Soccer League -- at least for now.

U.S. Soccer decided, after several weeks of discussions and speculation, to grant "provisional Division II status" to the NASL and the United Soccer League (USL) for the 2017 season. NASL was already the second-tier league but struggling financially, and the USL was third-tier despite growing to 30 teams. Neither league currently meets all the criteria for Division II, and they will be required to meet additional requirements such as stadium size, field dimensions and coach qualifications in order to keep their status beyond this season.

The NASL was in danger of folding after Minnesota United went to Major League Soccer, while the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Ottawa Fury switched to USL. Meanwhile, the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, Jacksonville Armada, Rayo OKC and the New York Cosmos were all in serious financial trouble.

On Monday, the NASL announced it had "amicably parted ways" with Commissioner Bill Peterson and will carry on with eight teams this season -- Miami FC, FC Edmonton, Indy Eleven, Jacksonville, N.Y. Cosmos, North Carolina FC, Puerto Rico FC and the San Francisco Deltas. Rayo OKC was not retained. Rishi Sehgal, the league's business development director, was named interim commissioner.

"NASL club owners are committed to delivering a new era for the league in which a new direction and vision is essential," said the statement. "The new Commissioner will inherit a league strong and primed for growth."

Sunil Gulati, the U.S. Soccer Federation president, said: "U.S. Soccer will create an internal working group that will work with each league to set a pathway to meet the full requirements for division two and allow for the larger goal of creating a sustainable future."

The Miami FC season opens in April.

 

 

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Klinsmann calls in 23 players for Miami camp, Cuba game

By Michelle Kaufman

mkaufman@MiamiHerald.com

US coach Jurgen Klinsmann called in his 23-man roster for Miami camp, followed by Oct. 7 friendly at Cuba (4 pm., ESPN2, UniMas) and another friendly vs. New Zealand four days later. Here's who's on the roster...

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (7): Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle)
MIDFIELDERS (8) : Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland), Perry Kitchen (Hearts), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Danny Williams (Reading)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (Hamburg SV)

 

 

 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Landon Donovan's comeback, Laurent Koscielny's golazo!

Monday Musings...

By Michelle Kaufman

Landon Donovan returned to the L.A. Galaxy on Sunday after a 21-month retirement, and he was the first to admit that the time off showed. He entered to game in the 83rd minute, with the Galaxy up 4-1 over Orlando City.

"I'm so far away," Donovan said after 4-2 win. "I came into a game where both teams were exhausted, and I was the slowest player on the field.

"I need to get myself ready to compete in a real way. Bruce (Arena) and the coaching staff need to know that when they put me in, it can mean something. So tonight worked out well, but I need to be able to contribute.

"I think I had much more impact today in the locker room and helping out a few guys at halftime than I did on the field. If that's the way I contribute, that's great."

Golazo of the Weekend: Laurent Koscielny's overhead kick in Arsenal's 2-1 victory over Southampton. Watch it here:  

 

Friday, September 09, 2016

Landon Donovan is baaaaaack! Watch highlight video.

By Michelle Kaufman

mkaufman@MiamiHerald.com

In case you missed the news yesterday, Landon Donovan is back! He ended his 21-month retirement and signed with the L.A. Galaxy, who are desperate for some help heading into the final stretch of the season. Donovan will make his return Sunday in a home game against Orlando City. He'll be wearing No. 26 in honor of the birthdate of his infant son Talon, who was born Jan. 26, 2016.

“I’ve spent a lot of time speaking with my family and close friends over the past several days,” Donovan wrote on Facebook,“and we all agreed that this would be a wonderful opportunity and a win-win situation for everyone.”

Coach/General Manager Bruce Arena seems delighted with the idea.

“Landon had a desire to play again, so in this case, if you’re going to gamble a little bit, this is a pretty good guy to gamble with,” Arena told reporters.

Hard to argue. Check out this video of Donovan highlights...

 

 

The Galaxy have six regular season games left. The Los Angeles Times reported that Donovan will make roughly $152,500.

 

 

 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Klinsmann named 22-man roster for Miami camp, Puerto Rico friendly

By Michelle Kaufman

U.S. national coach Jurgen Klinsmann invited 22 players to Miami this week for a training camp as the team begins to prepare for the Copa America Centenario in June. The players chosen for this camp are based in Europe and Mexico, and just completed their club seasons. Major League Soccer players will join the group at a later date.

At the end of the week, the team will fly to Puerto Rico for a May 22 friendly in Bayamon, the first-ever between the two teams. The match will be at noon, and shown on FS1 and UniMas.

After Puerto Rico, the U.S. team plays Ecuador on May 25 in Frisco, Texas (7 p.m. CT; ESPN2 and UniMas) and Bolivia on May 28 in Kansas City, Kansas (7 p.m. CT; FS1 and Univision).

Fifteen of the players in camp -- including Weston's Alejandro Bedoya (FC Nantes) -- are eligible for the Copa America 23-man roster, as they were included in a 40-man provisional roster that was due at the end of April. The final roster for Copa America must be submitted by May 20. MLS players who make the final roster will be released by their clubs on May 23 and join the team that day in Dallas.

Among the players invited were veteran goalkeeper Tim Howard, who is headed to the Colorado Rapids after a 10-year career at Everton in England, and Bobby Wood, who just set a scoring record for American players in Germany with 17 goals for Union Berlin of the 2 Bundesliga. Wood was so impressive that on Sunday he was transferred to Hamburg of the Bundesliga.

The Mexican club most represented is Club Tijuana, with Michael Orozco and national-team rookies Paul Arriola and Amando Moreno.

"We are doing this week in Miami and finishing off the week with a game in Puerto Rico because it's really important in terms of transitioning our players coming in from Europe and some who are already done in Mexico to keep them in a flow, to keep them in a rhythm," said Klinsmann. "One of our lessons from last year's Gold Cup was because the tournament was pushed into July, we couldn't transition our European-based players and some of the Mexican players perfectly."

"We added some players coming from the younger side to look at them and to get a roster together, but the main purpose of this camp is to keep the rhythm, keep going and to transition perfectly into the preparation for the Copa America Centenario."

All the U.S. practices are closed to the public.

The Miami camp roster....

GOALKEEPERS (3) : Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Zach Steffen (SC Freiburg)

DEFENDERS (7) : John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Matt Miazga (Chelsea), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham)

MIDFIELDERS (7) : Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach), Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg), Danny Williams (Reading)

FORWARDS (5) : Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Fabrice Picault (FC St. Pauli), Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana), Bobby Wood (Hamburg)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Beckham will have "significant'' Miami MLS news by summer

By Michelle Kaufman

mkaufman@MiamiHerald.com

David Beckham does not plan to make any announcements during his visit to Miami this week, but according to a source close to his camp, the soccer icon hopes to have “significant’’ news to share “before summer’’ regarding the finalizing of his team ownership group, a name for his Miami Major League Soccer club and the proposed debut season -- maybe 2017, but more likely 2018.

Beckham’s group has narrowed down four or five stadium sites “he quite likes,’’ but the more immediate issue, said the source, is trying to secure additional financing to be able to impress the soccer-savvy South Florida market with a state-of-the-art stadium, international marquee players the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, and a world-class soccer academy that would attract top young talent from all over the Americas.

“The narrative has centered around the stadium site, and that is a priority, but it is a bit of a red herring,’’ said the source. “The group has very big ambitions and big-picture decisions to make; so the reason this is taking so long is that they decided to take a step back from the stadium site issue and focus on what kind of football club we can be, how deep are our pockets, how much money can we spend?

“Will we be a rich stable club or a very rich club that attracts a Ronaldo or a Messi, the caliber of player that would really excite fans in Miami. Will we build a 20,000-seat stadium or can we afford 60,000? Public land or private? Will our academy be the envy of MLS or the envy of all of Latin America? We have to compete with NYCFC and the L.A. Galaxy, and the new Orlando team, and that requires deep pockets.’’

MLS commissioner Don Garber has remained in close contact with Beckham’s group, and plans to re-visit Miami soon.

“David and his partners are continuing to work hard to finalize plans for a new stadium, and we are supporting them in their efforts,” said Garber, who was headed to Minneapolis for a Wednesday announcement of a 23rd MLS franchise in that city.  “As we have said previously, we believe that with the right stadium and David’s passion, leadership and business acumen, Miami will be a great MLS market.  We plan to visit Miami in the coming months and will meet with David and local officials.’’

Beckham and his manager/business partner Simon Fuller have spent the past several months talking to potential investors all over the world.

“Just because (Beckham) hasn’t been seen in Miami doesn’t mean he has lost interest,’’ said the source. “That is not true at all. He has been talking to investors in Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, who are very interested in Miami and attaching themselves to the team. He is narrowing down the right partners, trying to find partners who share his vision and integrity. Once he knows how much money he has to spend, then he can start planning all the rest of it. That really has to come first.’’

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Obrigada, Brasil!

Bom Dia from the Rio airport...5 a.m. here..on my my way home after 35 days in Brasil.

It's been a very memorable tournament -- on and off the field!

Thanks so much for visiting the blog. Hope you enjoyed the coverage. Here are my two stories from today...

http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/07/13/4234638/mario-goetze-sends-germany-home.html

and...

http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/07/13/4234548/michelle-kaufman-besides-finalists.html#morer

There's always a down period after the World Cup, but soccer goes on....MLS (64,000 showed up for Seattle v Portland last night!), European leagues, Champions League, ICC in Miami...

Keep coming back. And please share your views on the World Cup!

Obrigada,

Michelle.