Nothing has come easy for MLS in Miami.
More than five years ago, David Beckham
announced he would bring an MLS team to South Florida, exercising his option for an MLS team
acquired when he joined the LA Galaxy in 2007, MLS still hasn't played a game in South Florida.
That should happen in 2020 when Beckham's Inter Miami launches along with Nashville as the
25th and 26th teams in MLS. Like Nashville SC, Inter Miami plans on building its own soccer stadium, but it won't be ready in 2020. (Miami voters gave the city commissioners the green light in
November to negotiate a deal with the Beckham group, though two lawsuits have since been filed by a Miami attorney aiming to derail the redevelopment of the city-owned golf course, where the stadium
and commercial complex are planned.)
Nashville CEO Ian Ayre
to The Tennessean that Nashville MLS will likely begin play in 2020 at
69,000-seat Nissan Stadium, home of the NFL Titans.
While there are more stadium options in the South Florida area -- one pro football stadium (the Dolphins' Hard Rock Stadium), one pro
baseball stadium (Marlins Park) and two college football stadiums (FAU Stadium and FIU's Riccardo Silva Stadium) -- than in Nashville for an MLS team, Inter Miami has yet to announce an MLS home for
the 2020 season and until its soccer stadium is ready.
The Miami Herald reported
on Thursday that neither
Marlins Park -- mentioned by Inter Miami co-owner Jorge Mas
as the leading candidate last fall -- nor Hard Rock Stadium will work, and Mas stated that Inter Miami has a preferred site that it
will announce in late February or early March.
CBS Miami then reported
that Inter Miami is negotiating to play
at Riccardo Silva Stadium, named after the owner of Miami FC, which played in the NASL in 2016 and 2017 and now plays in the NPSL, where it won the 2018 postseason championship.
CEO Sean Flynn told
another Miami channel, NBC 6, that one issue
Inter Miami would face is that it would fall third in line after FIU football and Miami FC in terms of its scheduling priority.