Major League Soccer hopes to witness the emergence of a new team in Miami; which should be backed by the English legend David Beckham.
Back in June, Beckham told the South Florida CBS affiliate about the Miami fan base's enthusiasm for soccer: "I think bringing an MLS team here to South Florida would be exciting,” the retired England international said.
“I think Miami fans are very passionate about the sport and about winning and of course, it would have to be success but it’s definitely exciting.”
And now, the MLS commissioner Don Garber who said on Tuesday that the deal still lacks a downtown stadium deal, has expressed his delight about the opportunity with David to expand the team.
"We can't go into Miami without the right stadium solution," Garber said in his annual state of the league comments, which came four days before Sporting Kansas City hosts Real Salt Lake in the MLS Cup championship playoff final.
However, Garber, who refused to include a timetable on the project, did not address the notion that Beckham faces time pressures under terms of his former MLS playing contract that gave him rights to an expansion club at a discounted rate.
"We're very excited about the opportunity of David putting together an ownership group and finalising a site in downtown Miami so we can have our 22nd team," Garber said.
"But there's a lot of work that needs to happen."
"We want to work with David and Simon Fuller to get something done as quickly as we can.
"We're making progress in Miami with David Beckham and his partners.
"We believe Miami can work if we have the right stadium situation. We're not there yet. But we hope to get there soon.
"We believe Miami can work if we get David Beckham and his partners to come together and be as strong as other ownership groups. That is still to be seen."
Garber also acknowledges the fact that for MLS to meet up with the long-term goals of rivaling European leagues for top talent, such investment with the prestigious Beckham is needed.
"We have got to have more of a soccer culture at all levels in this country," he added.
"Our product has to grow in the rest of the world the way the rest of the world's product has grown in the United States.
"We have to have a dynamic in our stadiums that is different from the other sports in the United States and like other fan bases around the world. We will be able to deliver a passionate fan base that will allow us to invest in our teams.
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