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UPDATED David Beckham team says Miami remains 'preferred choice' for MLS franchise


Is David Beckham, in the face of obstacles in Miami, looking for another possible home for his Major League Soccer expansion franchise?

A local spokesman for Miami Beckham United declined Friday to confirm a Yahoo Sports report that, citing an unnamed source, said Beckham could leave town to take over the Chivas USA team in Los Angeles instead.

"We don't discuss specifics of proposals," publicist Tadd Schwartz said in a statement. "Miami is our preferred choice and we are working hard to give the people of the city what they want and deserve, however we have always said that there are other cities that would welcome an MLS club owned by David and his partners."

UPDATE: MLS President Mark Abbott denied the Yahoo Sports report in an interview with the Miami Herald on Friday afternoon.

"I don't know where that report came from," he said. "There's no discussion about that right now. The league is not engaged in this conversation with [Beckham's group] about Chivas."

It's possible, of course, that Beckham's group is having discussions that MLS has not yet been involved in.