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The Daily Dirt: More troubles for David Beckham's Miami MLS venture

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Apparently the club's stadium deal is in danger of being blown up.

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Last month, Toronto FC executive Time Leiweke jumped on board with David Beckham's attempt to relaunch MLS in Miami. It was seen as a great move for Beckham and Miami since Leiweke's track record with Toronto and LA Galaxy indicated he might bring stability to the tumultuous project. That may happen eventually, but right now Leiweke is discovering how problematic Beckham's efforts have been. In fact, he told the Miami Herald Thursday the club's stadium deal is in danger of falling through.

"They know what we're doing and unfortunately they've let that create an absolutely unrealistic conversation. They can absolutely blow this deal up, and they probably will blow this deal up," he said. "We're willing to overpay. We just don't want to be the stupidest guys on the face of the earth."

The "they" to whom Leiweke refers is a group of landowners attempting to charge Beckham's group sky-high prices for six properties required to build the stadium. If the proposed site near the Miami Marlins ballpark falls through, it would be the third stadium failure for Beckham in Miami. Although, Leiweke says there's "yet another fallback plan at an undisclosed site." And, he isn't really blaming the landowners.

He faulted Miami Beckham United mostly for the team's problems, saying "this has not been the smartest negotiation I've been a part of."

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