MLS Soccer Franchise Awarded To Miami

It’s official: David Beckham and his partners have been awarded an MLS soccer franchise based in Miami.

The team name and colors will be unveiled within months, and will begin play for the first time in 2020

Don Garber, league commissioner, made the announcement at an event this afternoon attended by Beckham, Marcelo Claure, and Jorge and Jose Mas – all partners in the team. Softbank billionaire Masayoshi Son is also a partner and made a video appearance.

Overtown will become the home of the team, in a new privately funded stadium expected to cost over $200 million.

 

 

 

 

an older rendering of the stadium:

 

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Anonymous

Yes sir! Miami deserves a franchise.. one of the greatest cities in America.

Anonymous

based on what ?! oh.. right… potential density.

Anonymous

Ask MLS.. they’ll give you plenty of answers why Miami was awarded a franchise today.
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Anonymous

Dude, what’s up with all the hate? If you don’t like soccer don’t go. I personally can’t wait, it’s going to be awesome!

Anonymous

Glad it’s official….hope all the promised jobs and building of area around proposed stadium prove true…can only help Miami good luck to mr beckham and team

Anonymous

Anybody want to take a wild guess on the team name and uniform colors?

Anonymous

It be cool if they can name it Miami Legion just like the fan’s club. Beckham did say that the fans (Miami Legion) were the reason that he kept persisting to power through with negotiations and bring futbol here. I like the name too and their colors.

Anonymous

I hope they stick with Miami Vice.

Anonymous

I agree. Or Miami Suns. But I like Miami Vice better

Anonymous

I think that Miami Vice would be cool too. Much more original than the generic names like United, AC, Inter, etc. I can’t wait to get season tickets 🙂

Anonymous

Ugh. Please no awful “Miami [Nickname]” combinations, such as Miami Vice.

I’m fine with Miami City/AC/FC/Inter/whatever.

I’d even be fine with something like Vice City FC or AC Vice City.

Just no boring, lame, terrible Miami Vice/Fusion/Pastelitos nonsense.

I like the name Atletico Miami, personally.

And if you want the unofficial “nickname” to be Vice or Legion, then I’m cool with that.

Jmo.

Anonymous

I love the show too and grew up watching it in the 80’s. But a sports team named after a type of crime ?? Im not sure. ?

Anonymous

Not crime, crime-fighting. Did you ever watch the show? It’s still on re-runs you know.

Anonymous

They had a poll vote on Facebook from fans on what the name of the team should be and the top names in order of most suggested votes were in order 1) Miami Sharks 2) Miami Thunder 3) Miami United 4) Real Miami FC 5) Miami FC

Anonymous

Miami FC

Anonymous

I like Miami FC too. But would be cool to wear a mean shark logo on a jersey or shirt. Similar to the San jose Sharks. Love their logo biting off a hockey stick.

Anonymous

Who is “they”? #1 and #2 are awful.

Anonymous

Miami.com had a bunch of stupid names/mock suggestions.

But I literally laughed at “Miami Butt Lifts”.

Anonymous

Finally

Anonymous

We ready!

Anonymous

Overtown is perfect location.. in the city and near everything.

Anonymous

Miami is now one of only 11 media markets to have teams in all five US major pro leagues and the only one in the Southeast.

Anonymous

Winning.

Anonymous

They need to knock down those projects next to the stadium.

Anonymous

So awesome!! Next is the Amazon HQ2!

Anonymous

They need to adopt the “Miami Vice” Heat uniforms… those are super dope.

Anonymous

LOL, I saw them. Yes, they should. They look great!

Anonymous

The site is up in the air. Not once in the announcement was Overtown mentioned. All these articles are assuming and should clearly state that. No team name. No team colors. No breaking ground date. No details once again. An announcement about nothing except mls will allow them to buy in to the franchise. Overtown site is horrible. I doubt all 50 fans that showed up today will go to OT. Marlins makes more sense. It’s not tied up in court like county property site is. If they stick with Overtown they’re going to get sued every step of the way by the residents. Guaranteed.

Miami Hurricane

There was initial discussion to kick off the franchise at FIU

Anonymous

Were you not paying attention. They did try the Marlin’s site, they could not do it. In fact they tried for over a year. This is the site they got and this is where it will be built. All the whining is not going to make it go away.

Anonymous

I agree with you that the Monday announcement was a major letdown. The previous Herald article said they’d announce the name and reveal the kits. Didn’t happen. That’s honestly all I was excited about because we’ve already known for years MLS was going to grant Beckham a franchise in Miami.

But this site in Overtown is great. Easily better than the LiHa site. Closer to major mass transit, water and downtown.

Anonymous

Very happy for Miami, but I am concerned about 20,000 people going to the stadium with no parking.

Anonymous

People used to ride the Metrorail to the old Miami Arena in droves. It will be fine…

Anonymous

Yup, I was one of them with a couple of my high school buddies back in the early 90’s. We were 16-17 and we were fine. No problems.

Anonymous

But the Metrorail actually stopped right in front of the Miami Arena. In this case not. And there was much more parking nearby. The jury is out on whether this will work, but it’s not the same at all as the Miami Arena. Agree with the op.

Anonymous

It’s literally THREE BLOCKS from a metrorail station. Shut up with this crap.

Anonymous

If 20,000 people all take the Metrorail and walk the three blocks then great. If you live in downtown or Brickell or South Miami and are young and mobile it will be a piece of cake to get there. I live in the neighborhood and take the Metrorail all the time. In car-centric South Florida that makes me among a great minority of people, though, and it makes sense to be skeptical about these plans. There’s absolutely no parking in the immediate vicinity so keep that in mind. Maybe they’ll come up with a great plan (let’s all root for that!) but so far their track record has been spotty to say the least.

Anonymous

Don’t worry, a few nearby buildings will be demolished and a parking garage will be built in their place. Aka phase two.

Anonymous

Oh, the one that sat empty and abandoned for years, was a crack haven and finally demolished?

Anonymous

Were you one of the ones smoking crack there? I mean, you had to have been there to know it was a crack haven.

Anonymous

I’m curious, why is it a concern to you about 20,000 people going to the stadium with no parking?

Anonymous

Might not be their concern but I see a concern about 20,000 people actually going without parking. In a city with limited transit option outside of 2 corridors you eliminate potential sales to all the people that don’t want to plan a multi-legged trip to see a game. Especially any games during the week.

Anonymous

It’s absurd that the limited public transportation options we do have fail to run into late night…. No one can plan to stay after events for dinner drinks etc because damn transportation links stop running before midnight

Anonymous

Ever heard of Uber and Lift?

Anonymous

Ever heard of planet stupid? yeezz. …yeah 20,000 ubers picking 20,000 after a game…duh!

Anonymous

Now I have since you are a obviously a citizen of it. First of all Megamind not all 20,000 fans will take Uber or Lift. Most will take the Metrorail that is literally 3 blocks away and about the same distance that the parking lots are around Hard Rock Stadium. Furthermore, every sporting event has thousands of cars going to an event, such was the case with the Marlins except that then they had to look for parking, now with Uber or Lyft they don’t park, they keep moving. No matter how much you hate the idea of soccer in Miami. It is happening and most of us will endure what ever it takes to go and support our team.

Anonymous

omg..point is metrorail shuts down too early to help if game is night game

Anonymous

“and most of us will endure what ever it takes to go and support our team.”

Yeah, I heard the same thing said about the Marlins, and now I’m constantly hearing jokes about how empty the stadium is.

I hope you’re true to your word.

Anonymous

The marlins Suck! and no one likes ownership!

Anonymous

The Marlins won two World Series championships, there are quite a few teams that haven’t won one yet. Remember, this new Soccer franchise in Miami haven’t won a championship yet, so after the nostalgia wears off and the loses pile up, what do you think these fickle FANS in Miami will then do?

Anonymous

Be careful not to conflate not supporting soccer in Miami to having concerns about transportation and logistics. Why would that be at odds? You can want soccer and also want a good plan for it!

Anonymous

Hu? I love football…not soccer. Pls don’t call it soccer. Go Tottenham , white army! AnywY, Uber and lift auxiliary not core modes of transit. We shalll support our football team together. You can get uber.

Anonymous

no kidding..the guys trying to point out transit could operate more effective and carry lots more people….what good does uber or lyft do??

Anonymous

Yes! Which is why the 20,000 people taking the Metrorail deserves skepticism. Night games on weekdays would go past the currently scheduled Metrorail timetables. Again there are ways to mitigate that, but who trusts our local government to provide fantastic rail service? They have work to do to say the least.

Anonymous

Yes! It’s not only a NIMBY issue but it affects the access and ability of the community to get there which can have ramifications for the franchise as well. It’s also about smart development and planning– just like all the posters here up in arms about the Brickell Bridge should be thinking about how we got to this point, it is reasonable to think long and hard about if this is the right place for something like this and to question how people will actually try to make their way to the games (if they try at all). What about that family in Broward who would have to find a park and ride and take the train or park somewhere and take a shuttle? Overall it could work but it’s certainly not a perfect location by any means.

Anonymous

It’s not too late for them to build a stadium in Bayfront park.

Anonymous

Maybe if you owned a home and it was right in the middle of this disaster of a plan, in what is currently a quiet residential neighborhood, you’d understand.

Anonymous

Hmm, let’s see, there were homes around the Hard Rock stadium and the Orange Bowl too, yet somehow they managed to survive and are doing just fine and so will you. But if you hate it so much you always have the choice to move and find another quite neighborhood.

Anonymous

Wow. You want people to uproot their lives and family and sell their homes just for you and your rude, beyond selfish and down right disgusting self? People like you give soccer fans a bad name. Completely unaware of how certain people’s lives will be turned upside down. No one is against soccer in miami. The people are against a stadium at the proposed site in Overtown. It doesn’t fit and does not belong there.

Make sure you go to the 10 story assisted living retirement building that the stadium will sit on top of and let them know how you feel. Crawl back under your rock where you belong.

Anonymous

Yes. That is exactly what I am saying. If you don’t like progress and you long for the days when Miami was a sleepy town with a whole lot empty lots, like the ones where this stadium will be built, there are many places further west that will offer you just that. This area along with Downtown, Midtown, Overtown, Edgewater, and Wynwood will grow, pushing old timers like you to the suburbs where you belong. Leave this area for us Millennials, you had your day in the sun, now it is time to say bye bye. The same way the generation after us will say sayonara to us when our time is done.

Anonymous

Orange Bowl was built in the 1930s and both it and Hard Rock are on much larger footprints. This is a different kind of experiment. I’m not a homeowner but I live nearby and love soccer and would love to walk to the games. For me it’d be great, but I’m certainly skeptical this location will work out as nicely as the strongest supporters here on the site are saying.

Miami Hurricane

Before Jeff Loria ruined everything including fanbases, there were the 70,000+ folks that went to Orange Bowl Stadium. Yes Miami has changed in the decade since and this site is different than that one, but we persevered.

Anonymous

That’s right and this area will be just fine too. All these people belly aching are here because they own a home on the nice side across Overtown and don’t want the other side to improve and get better. The blocks where the stadium will be built are completely empty surrounded by blight right. This project will take care of 4 blocks and more thank likely will cause a few more blocks to get better with other businesses opening up, that is called progress.

Anonymous

Beautiful.. well put.. Thank you

Anonymous

All good but why didn’t posh Beckham ever smile?

Anonymous

Just like all those businesses sprouting up by Marlins Park? (spoiler alert– not happening). If development and progress is the goal, why put a stadium there that is only used sometimes? Why not a mixed-use development and affordable housing? That’s in fact what was originally proposed for the site.

Anonymous

You right. It was proposed and it was defeated. Now that the Mas brothers are involved with their deep pockets this is the project that will be built. Take your affordable housing and move it further West, you are more than welcome there.

Anonymous

Why not the other site of Culmer Station, where Overtown still is a functioning neighborhood? TBH in a perfect world, Marlins and Beckham’s stadiums would have been built on Museum Park and/or Virginia Key. Alas, it is best to make the most of this and spur new development with connectivity.

Anonymous

There are a lot of stadiums with no parking. Example in Orlando both their stadiums have no parking. They have hosted wrestlemania, bowl games and the pro bowl. Again no parking! With a stadium the seats more than 20,000 people.

Anonymous

Which stadium is that? Camping World and Orlando City have parking.