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That history, perhaps, led Beckham and associates to two conclusions: The stadium must be downtown, and the team must win.

The decision ultimately rests with the mayor and county commission. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has asked Beckham to consider an alternative site near the Heat’s arena. But he said he could potentially support a Port of Miami stadium.

Beckham, for his part, came back to Miami on Tuesday, holding private meetings with commissioners and weighing Gimenez’s suggested site.

“We want to be a positive for people,” Beckham said. “This part of America has not had a soccer team for quite a few years, and they deserve one.”