Miami's MLS Prospects Boosted by News That League Plans to Add Four Teams by 2020

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Last night was a bit of a turd in the punchbowl for Major League Soccer, as the MLS All Stars lost to Roma 3-1 in Kansas City.

But the silver lining to that turd (let's leave the metaphor there) is that MLS Commissioner Don Garber announced at halftime that the league would add four expansions teams by the end of the decade.

With plenty of buzz already this summer about David Beckham starting up a team down here, Miami seems set for a soccer revival.

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According to the league's website, Miami is on a shortlist of potential expansion locations. Other cities include Orlando, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Detroit, and Sacramento.

It's conceivable, therefore, that we could have three MLS teams in the Southeast -- and two in Florida -- within the next seven years.

"As MLS enters a period of accelerated growth, the addition of new teams will allow us to expand our geographic coverage, grow our fan base, and help us achieve our vision of being among the best leagues in the world by 2022," Garber said last night.

In early June, Beckham visited Miami, caught a Heat playoff game, and hung out with Marcelo Claure. The Bolivian billionaire has been a vocal proponent of bringing soccer back to Miami after the Fusion folded in 2001.

Last month, rumors began swirling in British tabloids that Beckham had decided to exercise his $25 million option and pull the trigger on a team in the Magic City.

If a new fútbol franchise materializes in Miami, Beckham and company will have to come up with a better name than the Miami Fusion.

Hurricanes is already taken, but what about the South Beach White Squalls? The Miami Mango Thieves? Or the Peninsular Pingus?

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UncleEd
UncleEd

MLS in Miami will work and with Beckham it's the icing on the cake. We have tons of support already with a huge American Outlaws Chapter in Miami with over 100 members and MLS Miami Bid with 4K likes. Help us get larger: https://www.facebook.com/MLSMiamiBid

paul72
paul72

How about the 'Miami Nobody Gives a Craps.'

Ingrid M. Gonzalez-Castillo
Ingrid M. Gonzalez-Castillo

We've been there done that. RIP Miami Fusion. Somehow running around for 90 minutes in sweltering Miami summers doesn't seem like the brightest idea.

Dimitris Thedreamboy
Dimitris Thedreamboy

Soccer in Miami won't work. That's waste of money. They closed back in early 2000. Shocked that sorry Ass WNBA still around. Shit is sorry too. Who the hell watch's women sports?

arivero
arivero

@Dimitris Thedreamboy Versace It didn't work in Ft. Lauderdale (where the Fusion played). It may work in Miami.

arivero
arivero

@cpchester@paul72Hahaha not even close. More fans per game, yes. But far fewer fans per year, and more importantly, waaaaaay fewer dollars. MLS isn't in the same stratosphere as the NHL or (especially) the NBA.

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