World Cup: Defending champions Spain targeting Miami for pre-World Cup training camp
Miami is already one of the most desirable cities in the world.
And with the World Cup being staged in Brazil next summer, the demand for training facilities in Miami will be greater than ever for the teams that have qualified to the biggest soccer event on the planet.
After reports that England are setting up base in South Florida, on Tuesday morning we learn of another major European power thinking along the same lines.
According to @diarioas Spain will do its World Cup pre season in Miami before travelling to Brazil
— ANDRES CANTOR (@AndresCantorGOL) December 17, 2013
Defending World Cup champions Spain will play their three first-round group stage matches in Salvador, Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba. Meanwhile, England will be in Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte after opening in the heat and humidity of the Amazonial city of Manaus.
Will the USMNT, who will also play in Manaus, join England and Spain next in Miami?
Although US manager Jurgen Klinsmann acknowledged in a Q&A with SI.com in October that his team is in talks with England for a potential pre-World Cup friendly, he also said the USA are looking for a training camp base "in a fresh climate where we don’t have to compromise any workload we want to do. That excludes Florida, for example."
"We are looking at all options at this point for our pre-World Cup matches," a US Soccer spokesman told MLSsoccer.com on Tuesday. "Nothing is confirmed."