How close is Miami to joining the queue to get an MLS expansion franchise?
Maybe not as close as a recent report from Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl seemed to indicate.
Dolphins CEO Mike Dee took to Twitter on Monday to address the report, which said that MLS Commissioner Don Garber had engaged in talks with the NFL club about bringing a team to South Florida. Dee said that there had been no formal discussions between the two parties, but explained that the Dolphins would "keep an open mind" about MLS:
Comm. Garber's apparent interest in MIA is the latest testament to our growing reputation as the premier soccer market in N. America (1/3)— Mike Dee (@MikeDeeFins) March 4, 2013
While we've not taken part in formal discussions re ownership of a MLS team, we'd certainly keep an open mind w/r/t any proposals that (2/3)— Mike Dee (@MikeDeeFins) March 4, 2013
...could bring an MLS franchise to Miami. (3/3)— Mike Dee (@MikeDeeFins) March 4, 2013
On Monday evening, MLS released a statement regarding the situation, saying that "no formal discussions" had taken place between the league and the Dolphins.