Barcelona eyes Miami expansion team

Spanish club Barcelona will submit a bid for an MLS expansion franchise in Miami.

Barca will announce details of its bid in conjunction with Bolivian businessman Marcelo Claure, who resides in Miami, on Wednesday -- the deadline for applications for the two expansion spots MLS hopes to add for the 2011 season.

"The idea is to set up an investee company involving FC Barcelona and a Bolivian entrepreneur living in Miami, Marcelo Claure, who is the chief of an investment group featuring Americans and citizens of different South American countries," Barcelona said in a statement. "Claure is already the owner of FC Bolivar, with whom FC Barcelona already collaborate. The company's sole aim right now is present an application for a franchise and promote it to the MLS."

MLS, which has 14 teams and will add Seattle in 2009 and Philadelphia in 2010, plans to add two more teams for the 2011 season.

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