Beckham launches plan to build soccer franchise in Miami

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David Beckham laughs as he discusses matters related to the ownership position he has with a proposed MLS expansion team that could play in Miami, at a news conference in MiamiBy David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) – Former England soccer captain David Beckham announced on Wednesday that he has exercised his option to become the owner of a Major League Soccer team in Miami. “This is an exciting time … for myself, exciting time for my family and friends and partners, and something we are really looking forward to bringing to Miami,” Beckham added, to chants of “We’re going to MLS,” from a group of fans calling themselves the “Southern Legion.” Garber called the decision a “historic day … for soccer in America,” noting that Beckham was the first former player anywhere in the world to become the owner of a top league soccer team in modern times. A final deal to grant the franchise to Beckham’s investment ‘group could be several months away though, sources close to the negotiations said, with a stadium location and financing still requiring approval from the MLS board for his team to become the 22nd club of the top U.S. professional soccer league. “There’s going to be a few bumps along the way, but we’re going to make the team in Miami not just the best team in America, we’re going to take the team global,” Beckham told a reception for city leaders at Miami’s performing arts center on Tuesday night.