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David Beckham awarded Miami MLS franchise

    2018-January-31  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

DAVID BECKHAM owning a U.S. Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise in Miami is no longer a dream.

It became a reality Monday.

A glitzy announcement took place at the Adrienne Arsht Center but MLS said “additional news and information on the club — including its debut season in MLS, team name, logo and staff — will be announced in the future.”

The team was first announced in February 2014 but has seen plenty of difficulties along the way, particularly when it came to a stadium site.

During the announcement, Beckham and his partners admitted that “just 60 days ago” they had a breakfast that was the end of the bid and they thought it was all over, while local businessman Jorge Mas revealed that he stepped in to become a partner and help save the bid. Two months later the franchise is a reality.

It has been stated by local media outlets that the team will begin play in 2020, with the team to play at a temporary home until 2021 when their stadium is ready, while the colors and team badge will be picked with the help of fans in the coming months.

Miami hasn’t had an MLS team since the Miami Fusion folded in 2002 and they will become the second current MLS team in the State of Florida after Orlando City SC.

With Nashville announced as MLS’ 24th team in December 2017 and Atlanta United joining for their inaugural season in 2017, the Southeast of the United States of America is fast emerging as a soccer hotbed.

Speaking alongside MLS Commissioner Don Garber and both the Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Miami Mayor Francis Suarez at the event Monday, Beckham was delighted to make his franchise official.

“Our mission to bring an MLS club to Miami is now complete, and we are deeply satisfied, grateful and excited,” Beckham said. (SD-Agencies)

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