Where Will Beckham's New MLS Team Play in Miami?
Nov 21, 2013 November 21, 2013
With his professional playing career behind him, David Beckham has turned his attention toward starting his own MLS franchise. As part of his contract with the MLS prior to his retirement, Beckham was awarded the option to purchase a franchise at a steeply discounted price of $25 million at the time of his retirement. After leaving the Los Angeles Galaxy this past year and announcing his retirement, the start soccer player spent several months consider where his franchise would be located. It was recently announced that following lengthy deliberations, Beckham has settled on Miami.
Miami, considered to be extremely passionate about the game of soccer, is certainly a good choice. While in town, Beckham recently met with Marcelo Claure, the president of Brightstar Corp., to discuss plans to bring a Major League Soccer team to the city. The two were expected to begin touring potential sites for a stadium within the week. Beckham has previously paid a visit to the city and toured both FIU Stadium and Sun Life Stadium.
Currently, there are 19 teams in the MLS. League commissioner Don Garber has expressed his intention to expand that number to 24 by the time the 2020 season begins. In order to make his dream of starting his own franchise a reality, Beckham will need to raise a minimum of several hundred million dollars. The costs will go toward setup and include putting together a team of plays along with constructing a stadium. In the event that the stadium is not completed soon enough, it would be possible for the franchise to begin playing in an existing venue. Associates of Beckham have considered the option of initially using Marlins Park until a new stadium can be completed.
Prior to settling on Miami as the home of his new franchise, the star player explored a variety of other options, including San Diego, Orlando, and Montreal. This will not be the first time Miami has been home to a MLS team. The Miami Fusion played in Fort Lauderdale between 1998 and 2001 but eventually shut down.