Miami is sinking. Hissing fissures of bubbling water creep over manhole covers and failing pumps spew salt water over mangrove limbs and yards and asphalt. The state is trying to fix the problem with an increasingly modest set of measures, but geography will have its way. If the sea wants Miami, it will have her.
There is a great irony in Miami’s soccer present, that it is trying so hard to climb from a soggy grave while the city sinks around it. David Beckham’s Miami site has gone from the glamor of the waterfront to a charred, cracked lot in Overtown surrounded by chain link. They bought the land in March. Even if Beckham’s MLS project seems preordained, the prophecies are still vague about when, exactly, it will come to pass.
When Miami FC sprouted out of the salt in 2015, few noticed. And if they saw, they weren’t really looking.