David Beckham’s plans for an MLS franchise in Miami appear to be a step closer as his investors discuss a stadium proposal with Miami-Dade County.
The South Florida Business Journal reports that Beckham’s investor group Beckham Miami United are meeting today with Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s office to discuss up to 30 possible sites for the construction of a puropose-built arena.
According to the Miami Herald, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber has said he expects an announcement on the status of the discussions in early February.
Beckham has long spoken of a desire to own a club in American soccer. Part of his contract with the LA Galaxy gave the former England captain an opportunity to buy an expansion franchise at a heavily discounted rate — believed to be $25 million. In 2009, Beckham told the BBC: “I have the right to own an MLS franchise, which I will action immediately after I have stopped playing.”
The league authorities are very open to Beckham pitching for the 22nd MLS outfit and he has long identified Miami as his preferred location. Some reports suggest the proposed stadium could cater for 75,00 spectators with add-on hotels and shops as part of the project.
NBA Miami Heat star LeBron James is believed to be among those investing in the venture with Beckham. Florida previously had an MLS club in Miami Fusion until they were disbanded in 2001. Orlando City became the newest league side when announced by the officials last November.
Beckham’s proposed outfit could be unveiled early this year with Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins, providing a temporary home for the team.