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International Soccer Wire

The Miami-Dade Commission wants to build an international-calibre soccer complex and stadium on a former landfill just to the north of the Doral Golf Resort & Spa, in an attempt to woo one of the sport's major events, like the FIFA World Cup, to come to Miami. Although soccer has never had the kind of fame stateside that it does around the world, Miami's huge international community makes the sport a much bigger deal here than in, like, Ohio. The complex would be on 47.33 acres of land at 9000 NW 58th Street. It would include eight full size soccer fields, with one in a stadium, an academy building with a soccer school and overnight lodging, and a parking lot on the north side. It sounds a lot like a soccer version of the tennis center at Crandon Park, home of the Sony Open, which also may be getting a major overhaul, by the way. Oh, and how about that aquatics stadium idea up in Lauderdale Lakes? [Miami Today; Miami Herald; Curbed Miami]