By Kyle Kepner | SoccerNation
Phoenix Rising FC have, without question, a shovel-ready stadium plan that has the attention of Major League Soccer, and club ownership recently sat down with SoccerNation to make clear that they are ready to go.
Much has been made of the contentious race to secure one of the next four expansion slots into Major League Soccer. Since the league’s January 31st application deadline, the fate of each of the 12 applicant cities have risen and fallen primarily on the bidding owners’ ability to deliver the number-one item on the MLS wish list: a soccer-specific stadium.
There was a time, not that long ago, when MLS would allow a desirable ownership group access to the league’s membership with little more than a flicker of hope that an appropriate stadium would appear. When David Beckham was granted the option to purchase a franchise for a mere $25 million back in 2007, MLS was in a very different place, but still, they could not have foreseen, much less desired the embarrassing situation playing out in Miami.