David Beckham's Inter Miami a step closer to entering MLS in 2020 with successful stadium bid

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Inter Miami CF are due to enter the MLS in 2020 as David Beckham begins the next chapter of his adventure in the United States. 

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder is part-owner of the club, which was founded 13 months ago. 

Despite getting set to play in the MLS next season, there's still an awful lot for Beckham and co. to do ahead of kick-off. 

Most importantly, Inter Miami needs to recruit a team of players - which shouldn't be too much of a struggle as the appeal of playing for a club owned by Becks is quite high. 

The team also needs to sort a temporary stadium to move into before their preferred site is finished in a couple of years.

They had struggled to find anything concrete so far, but that all changed this week. 

On Tuesday, the Fort Lauderdale City Council gave its unanimous support to the club's bid to build on the Lockhart Stadium site in Broward, Florida. 

Beckham and his partners were awarded the site over rival bidders FXE Futbol and now plan to build a training complex and a new 18,000-seat exhibition stadium, investing over $60 million.

The plan is, according to the official MLS website, for Miami to use the site until 2022/23 at the latest.

The club will use the existing Lockhart Stadium to play home matches for their first two seasons before moving to their permanent home at Miami Freedom Park when that's completed. 

After Inter move grounds, they will then begin to renovate the Lockhart Stadium site and it will later become the home of a new USL affiliate club. 

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In essence, the successful bid means Beckham and his fellow owners will be spending millions of dollars on a site they will be using for a couple of years.

But, it does mean that Inter Miami's dream of entering the MLS in 2020 is another step closer with the acquisition of this venue. 

No one ever said it would be a cheap project, after all. 

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