Beckham granted licence for MLS franchise in Miami

David Beckham

David Beckham

One of the most culturally diverse markets in the world, South Florida is the largest metropolitan area in the Southeastern United States and has a proven and passionate fan base for soccer, drawing large crowds for multiple soccer events.

David Beckham can finally see the goal in Miami, and his Major League Soccer team is about to be born.

About an hour before the announcement, a group of soccer fans marched through downtown Miami holding a sign that read, "MLS Miami".

Garber, recalling his first meeting with Beckham before he had joined the league, said: "He said, "I want to come to the league and grow the sport but one day I want to become an owner".

"Never give in and never give up and that's what I did with this...." "That's really exciting. I have a 9-year-old that has now decided he's going to be a soccer player, so I'm sure this is going to be something that he'll be definitely interested in", she said.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber was among those who attended the announcement.

In an interview with Channel 10's Glenna Milberg aired Sunday, the soccer legend acknowledged the rough road to announcing what his partnership is billing as the definitive end to his stadium quest: MLS approval of Beckham's Miami franchise, and plans for a 25,000-seat stadium in Miami's Overtown neighborhood. "I think any time we can get together with family and have a reason to be together and see active things". Other members of Beckham's group include Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure, entertainment entrepreneur Simon Fuller and South Florida businessman Jorge Mas - who tried unsuccessfully to buy the Miami Marlins past year.

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The Buckeyes trailed by 13 points with 7:55 left but pulled even as Bates-Diop drilled three 3-pointers in the final 2:04. The Buckeyes rank 45th in rebounds allowed per game (32.1) while the Nittany Lions rank 94th (33.5).

But it nearly didn't happen.

"We know the right people are in place and the time is right for Miami to become a great Major League Soccer city".

"If it wasn't for David, Jorge, and Jose we wouldn't be here today", he reiterated. But that was abandoned in late 2015 over what the partnership said was overpriced real estate, and the Beckham group declared Overtown the future home of MLS in Miami.

The new Miami team is expected to begin playing in 2020. The Fusion were the first expansion team in 1998 coming in alongside the Chicago Fire, but they were contracted before the 2002 season during uncertain days for the league.

Those questions are apparently answered now to MLS' satisfaction. "We look forward to working with the entire organization on a strategic and successful launch for Miami's MLS club".

MLS is planning to choose another expansion club in Cincinnati, Detroit, and Sacramento.

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