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Soccer stadium in Tampa? Don’t hold your breath

Nov 30, 2012, 9:48 AM EDT

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CARSON, Calif. – I tried hard last night to find a person remotely connected with MLS who would add even a spoonful of credible weight to the Tampa stadium story that we told you about yesterday.

I had expressed skepticism that it would happen, and even more that a Major League Soccer franchise would ever develop out of it.

Turns out, I wasn’t skeptical enough.

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati had not even heard of the project.

MLS vice president for communications Dan Courtemanche said commissioner Don Garber heard about it the same time as the rest of us – when news stories began appearing.

That doesn’t necessarily mean there aren’t serious players with serious money to spend. It just means they aren’t moving in the right kind of circles here, and that doesn’t portent well for their chances of completing the MLS circle here.

Best guess: this $400 million, 28,000-seat project goes the way of similar stadium proposals that come and go periodically: they hit the water with a substantial news splash, but then just drift harmlessly out to sea, never to be heard from again.

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