The Real Deal Miami

Marcelo Claure, Beckham eye MLS in Miami by 2017

Even with backing of Bolivian wireless mogul, project faces big hurdles
March 17, 2014 03:45PM

Marcelo Claure

Marcelo Claure

The Bolivian wireless industry titan Marcelo Claure is hoping to bring Major League Soccer to Miami with partner David Beckham as soon as 2017, despite the major hurdles the project is facing.

“That’s something that I’ve really wanted to do for a very long time, bring soccer to Miami,” Claure told the Miami Herald. “I think we’re getting closer. There’s a very good possibility that there will be soccer in Miami in 2017.”

Last week, Royal Caribbean Cruises publicly opposed plans to build a soccer stadium near the company’s headquarters at PortMiami, according to the Herald.

However, Claure and his partners have also identified other potential development sites, including near the Miami Marlins’ ballpark in Little Havana; a two-acre parcel near the School Board’s downtown headquarters; Northwest 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue in Wynwood; and near Miami International Airport. [Miami Herald]Christopher Cameron