New push for Barça presence in the USA
FC Barcelona will be presenting in New York a new project to become the co-proprietors of one of the new MLS (Mayor League Soccer) franchises that are to be created for the 2010 season.
FC Barcelona is seeking to further their expansion into the United States, and if the deal comes
off, they will become the first European club to enjoy direct association with the North American
Public presentation in Miami
Joan Laporta, president of FC Barcelona, along with Joan Oliver, the club’s general
corporate director will be in Miami tomorrow to present their plans. The negotiations have
intensified in recent days as Barça seek involvement in one of the two places that the MLS is
offering from 2010 as part of the MLS expansion scheme. Portland, Montreal and Las Vegas are other
The idea is to set up an investee company involving FC Barcelona and a Bolivian
entrepreneur living in Miami, Marcelo Claure, who is the chief of an investment group featuring
Americans and citizens of different South American countries. Claure is already the owner of FC
Bolivar, with whom FC Barcelona already collaborate.
The company’s sole aim right now is present an application for a franchise and promote
it to the MLS. If the candidature is successful, the company will become a reality, otherwise it
The Barça identity
At this stage, no announcement has been made regarding the colours the new club will wear.
However, the idea is to find something that can be identified with FC Barcelona, Miami, Catalonia
and the Americas.
Neither is there any definitive plan as to the ground the new team will
use, although the most likely solution will be Florida International University, with whom
negotiations are already at a late stage as the potential club seeks to use the facility for at
least the first two years of its existence.