Port of Miami Site Has Beckham’s MLS Eye
Miami — David Beckham’s architects and advisers have recommended the Port of Miami as the stadium site for the Major League Soccer expansion team that will be owned by the former English national team captain.
The plan announced Monday would have an open-air stadium with views of the bay and the downtown skyline. The capacity could be as low as 21,000 or as high as 35,000.
More than 30 sites were evaluated for the stadium. In addition to the recommended site, Marlins Park, Florida International University and a site near the city’s airport remain under consideration for the team.
There is no year set for the team to start play.
John Alschuler, chairman of the consulting firm HR&A, said the earliest the new stadium could be ready was 2018. If the team starts play earlier, it would have to play in a temporary home, such as Marlins Park or FIU.
Alschuler said a stadium at the Port of Miami would be built without the use of taxpayer money and that fans could drive there by using the Port of Miami tunnel and seeking limited parking spaces.
Beckham’s group envisions perhaps as many as 4,000 fans per game making a “seven- or eight- minute walk” across the bridge from where the Miami Heat plays its NBA home games at AmericanAirlines Arena.
To ease traffic and parking concerns, the proposed MLS team has said it would not schedule home games on the same nights the Heat plays.
Alschuler said Beckham’s group would pay “fair market” value for the land at the proposed site and would make a $200 million investment in creating jobs and economic activity downtown.
Green’s Switch To U.S. OK’d
Chicago — Julian Green’s change of national association to the United States from Germany has been approved by FIFA.
The U.S. Soccer Federation announced the decision on Monday, six days after Green applied for the switch.
The 18-year-old Bayern Munich forward, who was born in Tampa, Fla., played for Germany in three qualifiers for the 2014 European Under-19 Championship, making his debut last Oct. 10 against Belarus.
He made his professional debut for Bayern on Nov. 27 as an 88th-minute substitute in a Champions League match at CSKA Moscow.
Green is eligible to make his U.S. debut in the April 2 exhibition against Mexico in Glendale, Ariz.
U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann says “We are obviously thrilled.”