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Beckham picks Miami for MLS franchise...Does this mean Orlando is out?
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Yes, it has been confirmed Orlando is no longer a viable option. ugh
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Yes, it has been confirmed Orlando is no longer a viable option. ugh
I read about Beckham's Miami announcement today, but have not seen anything about impacting the MLS franchise in Orlando. Can you provide additional information or a link?
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Beckham picks Miami for MLS franchise...Does this mean Orlando is out?
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/soc...-franchise.ap/

Before deciding on Miami as the franchise location, Beckham explored options in other cities, including Montreal, San Diego and Orlando
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Yes, it has been confirmed Orlando is no longer a viable option. ugh
MLS has known Beckham's preference for many months, it is completely unrelated to Orlando being a awarded a franchise. The only thing you need to know is that the senior MLS guy that came down for the Orlando vote said afterwards that they will now enter the final stage of talks for Orlando to get MLS. Done deal.
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Beckham picks Miami for MLS franchise...Does this mean Orlando is out?
Absolutely not.

MLS has been saying for quite some time it ultimately wants clubs in Orlando AND Miami.
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MLS has known Beckham's preference for many months, it is completely unrelated to Orlando being a awarded a franchise. The only thing you need to know is that the senior MLS guy that came down for the Orlando vote said afterwards that they will now enter the final stage of talks for Orlando to get MLS. Done deal.
Entering the final stage of talks and signing a deal are two very different things
Orlando may get a franchise some time
No doubt MLS is far more interested in the Beckham effect and if that's in Miami, so be it, that's where the effort will go
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I can not see the MLS putting a team in Orlando and Miami this does not make sense with only two spots to give out and they will give florida two teams what crazy !
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I can not see the MLS putting a team in Orlando and Miami this does not make sense with only two spots to give out and they will give florida two teams what crazy !
Both markets have a 7% population growth rate, of which several are immigrating from other countries and both are viable tourist markets for overseas travelers. Point is that the international numbers are growing and could support what they are used to at home coupled with those who have been here for a generation or two. It would be good for the league.
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Entering the final stage of talks and signing a deal are two very different things
Orlando may get a franchise some time
No doubt MLS is far more interested in the Beckham effect and if that's in Miami, so be it, that's where the effort will go
Those who have been following the MLS exansion plans know that Orlando is a done deal. While MLS also wants a franchise in Miami ala Beckham, Beckham/Miami have a long, long way to go, i.e., a soccer-specific stadium with funding being the biggest question mark as of now.

MLS will be playing in Orlando by 2015. MLS in Miami may/will be later than 2015 IF Beckham and a partner (who hasn't yet even been determined) develop a plan for a stadium suitable to MLS.
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