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MLS commissioner to visit Miami to help David Beckham project move forward

David Beckham, center, poses with MLS commisioner Don Garber, left, and Miami-Dade mayor Carlos Gimenez at the Perez Art Museum on February 4, 2014.
David Beckham, center, poses with MLS commisioner Don Garber, left, and Miami-Dade mayor Carlos Gimenez at the Perez Art Museum on February 4, 2014. El Nuevo Herald Staff

Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber told reporters in Los Angeles Monday that he plans to visit Miami sometime in the next week to try and expedite the David Beckham-led project to build a stadium and bring an MLS team here.

Garber said he wants “to meet there and try to figure out how to move that project forward.’’

Beckham and his group have been trying for more than a year to find a suitable stadium site, but hit a string of political snags. They want the stadium in the urban core of the city, and initially hoped for a waterfront site, but have since expanded their search to other areas. Local politicians have been pushing for a site next to Marlins Park, but Beckham’s group has not commented on any specific sites in recent months.

"I remain optimistic and committed to David Beckham and his partners, but until we have more information it's hard for us to have any answers," Garber told ESPN FC following Monday's Los Angeles FC stadium announcement. "There are a number of different sites we're looking at, but none have popped up out of the pile to give us the sense that there is a deal that can be done immediately. That being said, David and Simon [Fuller] and Marcelo Claure are as focused if not more focused than ever before, so there is no lack of activity. It's just a lack of any definitive news.’’

Garber was in St. Louis Tuesday speaking with officials there about a potential expansion team there.

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