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David Beckham to set up MLS franchise in Miami?

Beckham recently visited Miami (©GettyImages)
Beckham recently visited Miami (©GettyImages).

Even after retirement David Beckham continues to challenge himself.

The former England captain reportedly visited Miami last week to discuss the possibility of creating a new MLS franchise in the city.

His visit to many stadiums in Miami caused a buzz amongst fans and officials as Beckham said that the prospect of creating a new MLS franchise in the city was exciting and something that interests him.

The 38-year-old former Manchester United and Real Madrid star made his final appearance for French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain last month before finally hanging up his boots after playing for some of the biggest clubs in the world.

But it looks as if Beckham is sticking to football as his LA Galaxy contract had the option to create a new MLS team by purchasing an expansion franchise.

Now it looks as if he is taking up that option as he paid a visit to Miami, watching an NBA play-off game between Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers and also visited various stadiums, touring the 75,000 seater Sun Life Stadium which is the home to the Miami Dolphins of the NFL, and then visited the Florida International University stadium which has a capacity of 20,000, where he was met by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

The executive director of the Miami-Dade Sports Commission, Jose Sotolongo also met Beckham along with the Mayor and also supported the proposal of creating an MLS franchise in Miami, as it is one of the sports franchises that the City lacks whilst boasting teams in the NBA, NFL, NHL and the MLB.

“We know that our community can support not only the international soccer that have been coming to Miami for a while now, but that it would support and MLS franchise,” said the Sports executive director. “The city of Miami has a very international fan base and a very soccer savvy fan base. This is the kind of ownership group that would electrify the community and hopefully we will get good news.”

Beckham arrived and began to learn more about the city alongside Marcelo Claure, who you may know as the Bolivian billionaire who tried to purchase an MLS team in Miami in 2009 to no avail. Now, with Beckham’s help, this move could finally come to fruition as Miami is a big sporting city which lacks a soccer team.

When Beckham and his representatives held talks with the league, he told the media that “it’s definitely exciting” as he is also pondering other locations in Miami to base the franchise, with Marlins Park another possibility for the formation of a franchise.

The news is great for the MLS and the city of Miami, as the MLS will continue to grow in popularity - and now, with Beckham back on board, the popularity will continue to rise and the league can now grow to become even more competitive.

 

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