Football: MLS says no bending for Beckham in bid for Miami team
(REUTERS) - Major League Soccer (MLS) would love to see a new franchise in Miami backed by David Beckham but there will not be a new team in South Beach until a stadium deal is in place, commissioner Don Garber said on Tuesday.
Garber repeatedly emphasised that MLS is keen to work with Beckham but was equally firm that it will not bend rules for the former England captain and that a stadium deal must be in place before an expansion franchise is awarded.
"We can't go to Miami without the right stadium solution," Garber said during his state of the league address ahead of Saturday's MLS Cup final in Kansas City. "David understands that, the city understands that, that is an indisputable fact."
The charismatic Beckham and trendy Miami always seemed the perfect fit to bring professional soccer back to a city where the sport has twice before failed to take root.