By CAITLIN MURRAY
While David Bechkam continues to run into problems as he tries to bring a Major League Soccer franchise to Miami, there may be another option.
A group of Asian investors interested in buying the orphan Chivas USA franchise approached Beckham as a potential partner, Yahoo Sports reported Thursday, citing unnamed sources.
Beckham has been on a mission to find a suitable downtown location to build a soccer-specific stadium for a Miami MLS franchise, with no luck. First- and second-choice waterfront locations have been ruled out as of this week, prompting Beckham’s group declare they would “pause” and reconsider their plans.
But even worse for Beckham’s plans is MLS Commissioner Dan Garber’s comments earlier this week declaring a Miami franchise will not be granted without an ideal downtown location to play.
Chivas USA was bought by MLS in February after the club had been badly struggling on and off the pitch for years. The league announced it planned to sell the franchise to a buyer committed to keeping the team in Los Angeles.
The group planning to bid for Chivas USA reportedly includes Chinese and South Korean investors involved in property development.
What do you think of this report? Should Beckham consider a team in Los Angeles instead? Should MLS push forward with plans to expand to Miami?
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