Miami Freedom Park takes another step forward as negotiations with City of Miami are given go ahead

Miami, FL (Wednesday, January 16, 2019) by Kenneth Russo –

Miami Freedom Park. “Let The People Decide.” After much debate, the people of Miami were allowed to decide. They voted on November 6, 2018, and the people said, “Let’s do this.” And now, the next phase of making the dream a reality took another step forward. The will of the people will prevail.

It’s coming.

As reported today in the Miami Herald by Joey Flechas, Jose Arrojo, executive director of the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, confirmed that the lobbyists involved in the soccer stadium deal had fulfilled their registration requirement. Miami City Attorney Victoria Mendez was officially informed by the county ethics commission Wednesday morning, via a letter advising her that the issue regarding lobbyists’ registrations had been resolved.

Miami’s city administrators thus have a green light to work out details of a 99-year lease with Miami Freedom Park, LLC. Despite the fact that the complaint remains open, the city can begin negotiating the lease under the broad terms overwhelmingly approved by voters in the November referendum.

City Manager Emilio Gonzalez and his staff will work with Miami Freedom Park, LLC, of which Jorge Mas is currently the sole member. (1) The basic terms of this transaction were made part of a term sheet agreed to as part of the city commission sessions on July 17, 2018. (2) Now, the parties will begin negotiations and a prepare a document that will outline the terms under which Melreese Country Club, located on 131 acres of public land adjacent to Miami International Airport, will be transformed into the visionary Miami Freedom Park — a $1 billion private development that will have a 25,000 seat stadium in a 10-acre corner of the property that will serve as home to Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami and which will include Miami Freedom Park, a 58 acre park that will be the city’s largest, as well as public soccer fields. From there, a formal ground lease can be drafted and presented to the city commissioners for ratification.

While there is much discussion in the Herald article concerning the ownership structure of Miami Freedom Park, LLC, in reality a limited liability company can easily alter its legal ownership in a straightforward procedure to add additional owners, who are referred to as ‘members’. This means the other investor-owners of the soccer team (which is operated under Miami Beckham United, LLC) would be admitted at the appropriate time. It is a fairly common practice in commercial transactions. As it stands right now, the primary business interest of Miami Freedom Park, LLC will be what is known as a ‘leasehold interest,’ i.e., the ground lease with the city, and that of course does not exist yet. Thus, the issue of who the members of Miami Freedom Park, LLC are is not relevant since there is no interest to share yet with other potential members. The terms and conditions of the lease must first be worked out. Moreover, there are also practical and necessary reasons beyond the scope of this article as to why the company holding the lease with the city is different from the entity owning Inter Miami CF, reasons that have nothing to do with lack of transparency.

It should also be mentioned that during the two days of sessions held at city hall last summer, which I attended, the issue of the identities of the principles of Miami Freedom Park, LLC was never raised by city commissioners or officials.

What’s next for Miami Freedom Park? Once a lease is agreed to, it requires the approval of four out of five city commissioners. With Commissioner Reyes eternally opposed based on his interpretation of ‘the process’ and Commissioner Gort also speaking against, the Herald writer made a point of including the usual rhetoric from Reyes and Gort, and described the likelihood for success at the city commission as being “a long shot.” But that sells this vision short. Critics and doubters have been spelling doom for the Miami MLS project at every step of the way over the past five years – and they’ve been wrong every time.

When asked about the chances of success, Jorge Mas had this to say: “The city of Miami voters spoke loud and clear in overwhelming fashion. And no matter the delays or obstacles we will deliver this project to our residents.”

“We have instructed our team and lawyers to ‘GO’ and bring this before the commission as soon as possible with the exact deal and benefits voters approved,” Jorge Mas stated. “We fully anticipate that the commission will listen to the voters and residents, but reiterate we are in this for the long haul if necessary.”

This dream that David Beckham and his co-investors have has always been about having vision, about the power of perseverance and the determination to never give up. In the words of Beckham himself at the formal announcement of Fútbol Miami just about a year ago, “I never quit.” It must succeed, and it will. No matter how big the obstacle, I know where I’m placing my money.

Miami Herald – City can begin negotiations on lease

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(1) Miami Freedom Park, LLC is a Delaware Limited Liability Company, with its principal business address in Miami. It was filed in Delaware on 5/16/2018, and is duly authorized to do business in Florida.

(2) Link: Term Sheet for Ground Lease and Master Development Plan re Miami Freedom Park

Rendition of Miami Freedom Park by Miami Freedom Park, LLC

2018 Concacaf Awards | Premios Concacaf 2018

Miami, FL (Tuesday, January 15, 2019) – Concacaf – 

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf)  announced the winners of the 2018 Concacaf Awards on January 15, 2019. The Men’s and Women’s Player of the Year awards went to Hirving Lozano and Alex Morgan, respectively.

2018 Concacaf Awards

La Confederación de Norte, Centroamérica y el Caribe de Fútbol Asociación (Concacaf) anunció ayer a los ganadores de los Premios Concacaf 2018. Los Premios del Jugador y Jugadora del Año fueron ganado por Hirving Lozano (MEX) y Alex Morgan (USA), respectivamente. 

Premios Concacaf 2018

Via Concacaf: Lozano’s year was highlighted by an exceptional performance at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. While the Mexican striker had previously earned plenty of attention around the region for his play in both World Cup Qualifying and Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League, it was in 2018 that the rest of the world met the 23-year-old PSV Eindhoven forward.

El año de Lozano se destacó por un desempeño excepcional en la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2018 en Rusia. Mientras que el delantero mexicano había ganado mucha atención en la región por su juego tanto en la Clasificación a la Copa Mundial, así como en la Liga de Campeones Concacaf Scotiabank, fue en 2018 que el resto del mundo conoció al delantero del PSV Eindhoven, de 23 años.

Morgan led the United States Women’s National Team to a sparkling year, which included a 5W-0D-0L record at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship. The 29-year-old played a major part in her team’s qualification for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, by scoring seven goals and winning the tournament’s Golden Boot.

Morgan lideró a la Selección Nacional Femenina de los Estados Unidos a un año brillante, que incluyó un récord de 5W-0D-0L en el Campeonato Femenino de Concacaf 2018. La jugadora de 29 años jugó un papel importante en la clasificación de su equipo para la Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA 2019, al marcar siete goles, ganando la Bota de Oro del torneo

The Winners  |  Los Ganadores

Jugador del Año | Men’s Player of the Year
1. Hirving Lozano (MEX) – PSV Eindhoven/NED
2. Keylor Navas (CRC) – Real Madrid CF/ESP
3. Sebastian Giovinco (ITA) – Toronto FC/CAN

Jugadora del Año | Women’s Player of the Year
1. Alex Morgan (USA) – Orlando Pride/USA
2. Khadija Shaw (JAM) – University of Tennessee/USA
3. Lindsey Horan (USA) – Portland Thorns FC/USA

Portero del Año | Men’s Goalkeeper of the Year
1. Keylor Navas (CRC) – Real Madrid CF/ESP
2. Guillermo Ochoa (MEX) – Standard Liège/BEL
3. Cody Laurendi (PUR) – Oklahoma City Energy/USA

Portera del Año | Women’s Goalkeeper of the Year
1. Alyssa Naeher (USA) – Chicago Red Starts/USA
2. Yenith Bailey (PAN) – Sporting SM/PAN
3. Stephanie Labbe (CAN) – Linköpings FC/SWE

Entrenador de Fútbol Masculino del Año | Men’s Coach of the Year
1. Matias Almeyda (ARG) – San Jose Earthquakes/USA (Formerly CD Guadalajara/MEX)
2. Remko Bicentini (CUW) – Curacao National Team
3. Juan Carlos Osorio (COL) – Paraguay National Team (Formerly Mexico National Team)

Entrenador de Fútbol Femenino del Año | Women’s Coach of the Year
1. Hue Menzies (JAM) – Jamaica Women’s National Team/Florida Kraze Krush/USA
2. Jill Ellis (USA) – United States Women’s National Team
3. Monica Vergara (MEX) – Mexico U-17 Women’s National Team

Árbitro del Año | Men’s Referee of the Year
1. Cesar Arturo Ramos (MEX)
2. Mark Geiger (USA)
3. Joel Aguilar (SLV)

Árbitra del Año | Women’s Referee of the Year
1. Lucila Venegas (MEX)
2. Crystal Sobers (TRI)
3. Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)

Gol del Año | Goal of the Year
1. Joe Corona (MEX) – SCCL: Club America (MEX) vs Tauro FC (PAN), 19′
2. Alan Pulido (MEX) – SCCL: CD Guadalajara (MEX) vs Toronto FC (CAN), 72′
3. Khadija Shaw (JAM) – CWC: Jamaica vs Cuba, 2′

Premio al Desempeño Sobresaliente |Outstanding Performance Award
Jamaica Women’s National Team

XI Ideal Masculino | Male Best 11
GK – Keylor Navas (CRC) – Real Madrid CF/ESP
DF – Hugo Ayala (MEX) – Tigres UANL/MEX
DF – Edson Alvarez (MEX) – Club America/MEX
DF – Cuco Martina (CUW) – Stoke City FC/ENG
DF – Francisco Calvo (CRC) – Minnesota United FC/USA
MF – Hector Herrera (MEX) – Porto FC/POR
MF – Michael Bradley (USA) – Toronto FC/CAN
MF – Andres Guardado (MEX) – Real Betis/ESP
FW – Hirving Lozano (MEX) – PSV Eindhoven/NED
FW – Bradley Wright-Phillips (ENG) – New York Red Bulls/USA
FW – Sebastian Giovinco (ITA) – Toronto FC/CAN

XI Ideal Femenino | Female Best 11
GK – Alyssa Naeher (USA) – Chicago Red Starts/USA
DF – Kadeisha Buchanan (CAN) – Olympique Lyonnais/FRA
DF – Crystal Dunn (USA) – NC Courage/USA
DF – Tanna Sanchez (MEX U-17) – Tecnologico de Monterrey Campus Puebla/MEX
DF – Becky Sauerbrunn (USA) – Utah Royals FC/USA
MF – Lindsey Horan (USA) – Portland Thorns/USA
MF – Khadija Shaw (JAM) – University of Tennessee/USA
MF – Nicole Perez (MEX U-17) – CD Guadalajara/MEX
FW – Alex Morgan (USA) – Orlando Pride/USA
FW – Christine Sinclair (CAN) – Portland Thorns/USA
FW – Jody Brown (JAM) – AS Roma/ITA

Un futbolista mexicano más jugando en Europa: Traspaso del joven Diego Lainez al Real Betis desde América CF | ES/EN

El joven jugador mexicano se va a los Béticos con la transferencia más cara entre mexicanos que emigran a Europa.

Miami, FL (jueves, 10 de enero de 2019) – Kenneth Russo

El Real Betis Balompié y el América CF recientemente han concluido una transferencia más cara del jugador Diego Lainez, quien firmó un contrato de 5 años con los verdiblancos. Su contrato termina el 30 de junio de 2024 y fue condicionado por la aprobación del preceptivo reconocimiento médico.

Lainez será compañero de su compatriota Andrés Guardado, uno de los capitanes y referentes del Real Bétis.

Diego Lainez Leyva fue nacido en Villahermosa, Tabasco, México el 9/6/2000. Se ha formado en las categorías inferiores del Club América, y, escalando en los escalafones inferiores del equipo, debutó con el primer equipo de las Aguilas en 2017 a la edad de sólidamente 16 años.

Lainez ha sido internacional con México en las categorías sub-17, sub-20 y sub-21. En 2018, hizo su debut con la selección nacional, con el que ha disputado dos encuentros.

El Betis pagó alrededor de 14 millones de euros ($17 M USD). Con esta figura Bétis se hace 80% de la carta del joven mexicano, mientras que America recibirá el otro 20 % en caso de una transferencia del futbolista en el futuro.

Este cifra supone el récord como la mayor cantidad desembolsada por un equipo europeo para tener a un futbolista mexicano en su primera transferencia profesional hacia el Viejo Continente.

Lainez, con 18 años, jugó 50 partidos para Club America y anotó 5 goles. Con este fichaje, los Béticos adquiere un futbolista con velocidad y dribbling y los técnicos del Betis cree muchísimo en su potencial y alta calidad técnica. Se juegue en el extremo izquierdo pero jugar también por el derecho y medio centro ofensivo.

https://twitter.com/realbetis/status/1083486717741621248?s=12

Diego Lainez’ message to Betis fans

Real Betis Balompié and América Club de Fútbol recently concluded a record transfer of Diego Lainez, who signed a 5-year contract with the Green and Whites. His contract runs until June 30, 2024 and was conditioned on passing the appropriate medical test.

Lainez will be a teammate of fellow countryman Andres Guardado. a captain and one of the outstanding players on Real Betis.

Diego Lainez Leyva was born in Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico on June 6, 2000 was raised as a player in the academy at Club América. Rising through the ranks of the lower teams, he made his debut for the Eagles’ senior team in 2017, at only age 16.

Lainez has been capped with Mexico’s U17, U20 and U21 teams. In 2018, he made his debut with the senior national team, and has won two caps.

Betis paid around 14 million Euros ($17 million USD). They will hold 80 % of the card, while Club America will retain 20 % in the event of any future transfer of the footballer.

This signing marks a new record as the highest amount ever spent by a European club for a Mexican player in his first transfer from Mexico to the Old Continent.

Lainez, 18 years old, has played in 50 games for Club America and scored 5 goals. With this signing, Real Betis acquires a player with speed and dribbling and the technical staff at Betis believes in his huge potential and great technical ability. He is a forward who plays on the wide left but can play on the right side or in an attacking midfield role.

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