David Beckham is in the process of building a MLS franchise in Miami, and with the former England captain continuing to lay the foundations ahead of a proposed entrance to the league in 2017, he has received the backing of one of the best players in the world.
Big name support
Colombia and Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, in South Florida as part of his French club's pre-season schedule, was keen to register his support for what Beckham is attempting to do in the United States city:
"Miami has great potential to have a club," the 26-year-old explained to reporters following a training session held at the Florida International University.
"It has a huge Latin American population that is deeply passionate for this sport."
Since David Beckham, back in February of this year, confirmed that he would be launching an MLS expansion team bid in Miami the move has drawn great interest from the majority of onlookers. But the former Manchester United, Real Madrid and LA Galaxy midfielder has also run into issues with the location of a prospective stadium often the cause of heated debate.
Falcao however was in full support of Beckham's vision:
"I'm an advocate to have a stadium that's easily accesible to the people, where they can have the opportunity to support their team," he continued.
"And I think that David Beckham's initiative needs to have full support from everyone, because this city deserves it."
David Beckham endured frustration recently as plans for a downtown soccer-specific venue met with rejection, with MLS Commissioner Don Garber admitting that the Miami were now "back to square one" in their bid to win an expansion package.
So whilst the kind words of one of the leading lights of the game will undoubtedly gain some positive publicity for the proposed franchise, David Beckham needs the people in charge of planning in Miami to start sharing a similar sentiment to Falcao if the Miami dream isn't to come to a premature end.
As for Falcao, the powerful striker is on the comeback trail having missed out on his countries run to the quarter finals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
In his absence former club teammate James Rodriguez became the star of Colombian football, but Falcao will be hoping to remind the watching world what he can offer. That quest will begin as Monaco take on Atletico Nacional on Wednesday night.
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