24 hours after David Beckham was warned by the MLS commissioner that he had to solve his stadium problem "soon" if the wanted to get his Miami franchise off the ground, the former England captain appears to have received good news today.
As reported by Douglas Hanks and David Smiley of the Miami Herald, negotiators working on behalf of Beckham are "on the verge of announcing a new deal for a stadium that would bring Major League Soccer to Overtown" - an area of the South Florida city.
Beckham has been seeking a location on which to build a stadium for a potential franchise for two years now, but has been consistently knocked back. It appears, though, that today could be a major turning point.
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According to the Herald, citing sources 'close to the process':
"The primary site is a vacant four-acre private lot that sits off Northwest Seventh Avenue in the neighborhood known as Spring Garden, and the Beckham group also plans to secure county land that's occupied by a Miami-Dade sewage treatment plant."
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A google maps view of the location shows where it sits in Miami - in the space between NW 7th and NW8th street:
With Miami having been earmarked to become the 24th franchise in the MLS, there had been expectations that the team would be ready to go by the 2017 season.
The recent struggles to tie down a stadium had put their position in some doubt. And, even if Beckham and co. are able to complete the process on this, their fourth attempt, Miami FC will likely still have to play in a temporary home for their first season of existence. Indeed, they are signed up to play at FIU Stadium.
Beckham has previously failed to get access to developments in Port Miami, Miami's waterfront and a location attached to the city's MLB franchise, the Miami Marlins.
It is thought an official announcement on the stadium deal could come as early as this evening. With a manager, Italian legend Alessandro Nesta, already in place and a stadium looking increasingly likely, the next step for Golden Balls? Find some players for the team.
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