Published: Tue, January 30, 2018
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David Beckham Announces New MLS Team in Miami, Son Brooklyn Joins Him

David Beckham Announces New MLS Team in Miami, Son Brooklyn Joins Him

"That dream started all the way back in 2007, and four or five years ago he said, "Miami is the city I want to make my city of choice".

The Pacers are again near the top with two second-place votes and four for third place. But despite the struggles to find a stadium site and a search for local investors, Beckham said he never wavered on Miami as the city where he wanted to launch a team.

"This is our site", Beckham said.

Miami has always been identified as a potential location for MLS expansion but the Beckham-fronted venture has encountered difficulties, principally over the location of a proposed 25,000-seater stadium, since it was first announced four years ago.

David Beckham was soaking up the sun in Miami over the weekend ahead of an announcement on Monday where his Major League Soccer franchise is expected to be revealed.

The team will play in a 25,000-seat, privately funded stadium, though it remains unclear when that will open - a very possible scenario is that the team begins play in 2020, and moves into its permanent home in time for the 2021 season.

The franchise has an agreement in place to build a stadium in the Overtown area of the city.

The option was part of the lucrative contract the former England worldwide captain signed when he agreed to moved to LA Galaxy in 2007. MLS officials said even then they hoped to announce the team's official inclusion into the league last summer.


It took a few more months.

Gimenez said the Miami ownership group - which includes David Beckham, local businessmen Jorge and Jose Mas, Sprint chairman Masayoshi Son and CEO Marcelo Claure, and entertainment mogul Simon Fuller - may consider adding parking as it applies for zoning at the site. But for one day, there was also plenty of celebrating. "This announcement has been a long time coming".

"It is with tremendous pride that we welcome Miami to Major League Soccer", said Garber in a league release.

In 2006, there were 12 MLS clubs and the expansion fee to enter the league was $10 million.

Beckham's group didn't pay anywhere near what Nashville did.

Just over 11 years after announcing he would leave Real Madrid for the MLS Los Angeles Galaxy in a deal that included the chance to purchase an expansion team at a reduced rate, Beckham will make good on plans he first announced in February 2014.

The site is not far from downtown but the plan did not include any available parking, instead relying on the nearby Metrorail shuttle, buses, water taxis on the Miami River, and fans wanting to march en masse toward the stadium.

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