MLS Miami officially expected to be announced by fall

Adidas projects that within 10 years soccer will be America's biggest sport in terms of youth participation

"Sport is the epicenter of our culture and, in the USA and Canada, soccer is the most popular sport for young people to play", the Adidas North America President Mark King said.

David Beckham's plans to bring MLS to Miami are finally starting to become a reality after the board voted to authorize Garber and the expansion committee to begin finalizing details on making it happen.

He added: "We're at the finish line. They've committed an enormous amount of time and resources and everything really is in place for us to do what we need to do over the next couple of weeks, perhaps 30 days to work with them to move forward".

At the news conference following the owners meeting in Chicago, Garber said Beckham and and Los Angeles Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly met with MLS owners to present team vision and plans for a stadium for an expansion team in Miami.

Prior to the meeting, it was thought that the vote would be the final approval for Beckham's group.

Garber said Wednesday night he wanted to be precise about Beckham's Miami franchise. "We're not there yet".

"We are not ranking markets", Garber said.

According to sources familiar with the negotiations, a few owners have been grumbling about the fact that Beckham got a discounted expansion fee of $25 million as part of a contract he signed with MLS in 2007 and that his co-investors are piggy-backing on that fee while the league entrance fee is now up to $150 million for new investors.

The Beckham group aims to have its 25,000-seat stadium completed by the start of the 2020 MLS season, in time to potentially host World Cup qualifying matches preceding the 2022 and 2026 tournaments. There is also a lawsuit from local landowner Bruce Matheson to contend with - one that seeks to block Miami-Dade County from selling off a three-acre parcel to MBU that was approved by the county commission back in early June.

"We appreciate Commissioner Garber's comments today in support of Sacramento and are now laser focused on the expansion vote at MLS Cup this December", Nagle said. Beckham's group found it hard to navigate the particulars of Miami politics, and endured several failed attempts to find a stadium site.

Representatives for Detroit's bullish bid to land a Major League Soccer franchise were in Chicago on Wednesday for the league's All-Star Game, and to meet with league brass and ownership.

Expansion Update. Garber singled out four cities among the 12 expansion candidates for the four spots that will be awarded - two that will be decided at the end of the year and two that will be picked at a later date.

"I had some concerns they wouldn't get past today", he said in a press conference. Twelve cities have submitted applications.

Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the USA national team for ESPN FC.

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