David Beckham Launches Miami Major League Soccer Team. He is over the moon and the happiest he’s ever been for a long time
Former England captain David Beckham has launched his long-planned Major League Soccer team in Miami.
Beckham exercised an option in his contract with former side LA Galaxy to buy an expansion franchise in 2014.
The as-yet-unnamed team is set to play. They will play at a 25,000-seat stadium in the city’s Overtown neighbourhood.
David Beckham: excited to bring the great team to Miami. It has been a hell of a journey. Beckham was the former Manchester United midfielder.
“I promise you the team we will bring into the league will be the best team.”
Miami was officially granted an expansion side. The MLS commissioner Don Garber made the announcement at a ceremony on Monday.
A location needs sorting out. Hopes to fill a 25 thousand seater stadium. Locals not too happy to have the streets jammed with fans when a match on.
Once up and running, Miami could become a different city. Officials believe it will bring in more business.
Beckham, who won 115 England caps, retired from football in 2013. This after a five-month spell with Paris St-Germain. He chose Miami as the location for his MLS team later that year. The city has not had a football team since Miami Fusion folded in 2001.
Will David have success? A challenge he’s prepared to take on. Fans flock to watch his team? No shortage of players but are they best? Beckham will make them top players
He told BBC Sport Correspondent Natalie Pirks that he doesn’t like to lose.
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