Several sources close to the talks told the Herald that majority partner Todd Boehly (who was brought in as majority owner earlier this year) is out and brothers Jorge and Jose Mas have joined Miami Beckham United.
Before the MLS All-Star Game in Chicago on Aug. 2, MLS commissioner Don Garber said the MLS board of governors was impressed with the work Boehly and Beckham had been doing to move the bid forward, finally securing a stadium site for the team that has been in a holding pattern since Beckham exercised his option on an MLS expansion team -- price tag: $25 million -- and was introduced to the Miami media in February 2014.
Garber cautioned work still needed to be done but he was confident about announcing MLS Miami was official, "perhaps by the end of the summer." A Miami circuit court judge dismissed a nuisance suit attacking Miami-Dade County's sale of a three-acre truck depot Miami Beckham United needs to complete the stadium site in Overtown as an attempt to sabotage the deal with what he termed a "sham bid."
Tim Leiweke, who brought Beckham to MLS in 2007 when he was CEO and president of AEG and was brought in to help Miami Beckham United win approval for the stadium site in Overtown after plans at several other Miami stadium sites fell through, had recently raised doubts whether the deal will ever get done.
At his state of the league address on Friday, Garber termed Beckham's pursuit of a stadium "the most complicated situation in any market that we've experienced." Garber said for the first time on Friday that that even if the stadium picture is clearer -- a 25,000-seat stadium in the Overtown neighborhood -- the Beckham group must find a local owner for the deal to go forward.
"I continue to say that we want Miami in the league," he said. "It's a large market, a gateway city. There are a lot of values to us having a team down there and I'm very confident that we will get something done."
Garber also added, though, that it was "conceivable" one of the one of the four finalists for the two expansion spots up for grabs -- Cincinnati, Detroit, Nashville and Sacramento -- could move ahead of Miami in the expansion order.