Is David Beckham ready for his new US major league soccer expansion team?
The famous original Manchester United star player, David Beckham, retired from football is said to be eyeing Miami for a new US Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion team. A source familiar with the negotiations said that the former England captain of the Manchester United who also had stints with Real Madrid and the MLS club LA Galaxy, had been meeting with city and county leaders in Miami, looking and touring several locations in Miami this summer.
A US$25 Million MLS Team
Beckham who retired early this year is said to be creating a new team for $25 million as part of his MLS player contract options. According to the source, the football star is still putting together a team of investors and plans have yet to be announced officially.
The Search for Purpose-Built Football-Only Stadium
Beckham’s representatives are looking at potential sites that would be suitable for a purpose-built football-only stadium. A well-placed source in the business community of Miami said that Beckham’s representatives are looking real hard for a place that’s in the urban center.
A spokesman for MLS, Dan Courtemanche confirmed having continuing discussions with David Beckham on the possible ownership of an MLS expansion team. No confirmation about a deal having been closed was made though. According to Courtemanche, it is the policy of MLS to keep conversations private until the individuals involved in the negotiations decide they are ready to go public with their plans. In this case, it is more appropriate for Beckham to make his plans public.
Miami Officials’ Are Not Confirming But Eagerly Awaiting
In a similar tone, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez came out with a statement saying that they (Miami officials) have not had any official notification that the England football star has chosen Miami for a new franchise of MLS team.
Miami Is A Good MLS Candidate
The Mayor however said that the hundreds of thousands of football fans throughout South Florida are ready and keenly awaiting for an MLS team to be established in Miami, which could be a fitting home for the most popular sport in the world. Miami has a large and continuing to grow Latin American population which are part of the large crowds during the World Cup football tournament held every four years.
Miami Has The Players And Football Fanatics
Miami is just hopeful that Beckham’s decision could be the start of bringing in soccer medallions for Miami football players. Beckham, himself is a recipient of multiple football league medallions which he got from years of playing for his three teams.
An International Champions Cup match held in Miami between Chelsea and Real Madrid in August 2013 had seen more than 70,000 fans cheering the teams.
Earlier Stadium Visits
Back in June, 2013, David Beckham visited two prospective stadiums- Sun Life Stadium which is home to NFL’s Miami Dolphins, and a 20,000-seat stadium at Florida International University which he visited together with Simon Fuller, a British entrepreneur managing his business affairs. Beckham’s stadium visits had him declaring Miami as a venue with full potentials for a top-flight football team.
All these seem to be fueling speculations about Miami being Beckham’s choice for the MLS franchise.
What do you think? Will it be Miami for Beckham’s MLS team?