Garber: New Stadium Essential For Miami

Don Garber

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber says a new downtown Miami stadium is essential to complete plans for an expansion team that would be owned by former English star David Beckham.

MLS announced plans for the team in February, but Beckham’s proposed Port of Miami site has run into opposition.

Garber said Friday during his annual meeting with the Associated Press Sports Editors that the league doesn’t “believe any site other than the downtown site will work for us.” But he adds there are other waterfront sites “that might make sense.”

Beckham had an option to buy an expansion team at a discounted price as part of contract to join the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007.