MIAMI (February 5, 2014) – Major League Soccer announced that David Beckham has explored his option for buying at discounted price new MLS franchise, and he has chosen Miami as the city for the new club. Ownership group led by Beckham will now work with MLS and local authorities to settle an arrangement for a new world-class soccer stadium in South Florida.
“We appreciate all that David has done as a player, an ambassador and as a global icon to help grow Major League Soccer,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said. “We are thrilled that he will be an owner, and we look forward to him helping us achieve our goal of being one of the top soccer leagues in the world.”
“From the beginning of my career in England to today in Miami, my journey has always been driven by my incredible passion for the game,” said Beckham. “Miami is a vibrant, diverse community that thrives on the same type of energy that fuels the international appeal of soccer, and I look forward to a dedicated, long-term partnership with this dynamic city and Major League Soccer. My experience with the Galaxy is what convinced me that I wanted to one day own an MLS team and it is thrilling to now see that dream coming true.”
Beckham was Major League Soccer’s first Designated Player in 2007, and headed the LA Galaxy to two MLS Cup titles throughout his six seasons in the class. Throughout his time with the Galaxy, Major League Soccer encountered touchy development, including seven extension groups and nine soccer stadiums. Beckham completed his vocation with an alternate title in 2013 with Paris St. Germain, ending a 20-year playing career that saw him star for Manchester United, Real Madrid and A.C. Milan, as well as England’s national team. Beckham is the the first previous MLS player to own a team in the 19 years old league.
A standout amongst the most worldwide markets on the planet, South Florida is the biggest metropolitan territory in the Southeastern United States with a demonstrated and energetic fan base for soccer. Throughout the most recent few years, different swarms of more than 60,000 for every amusement have attended soccer matches in South Florida.
“Miami is a unique melting pot of cultures that is brought together by one common thread, soccer,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “During the last several months there has been palpable excitement in our city when people talk about the possibility of a Beckham-owned team. Today’s announcement is celebrated across Miami.”
Beckham and his agents arrangement to assemble a stadium for the new group, and they keep on having gainful discussions with the Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and the Miami-Dade County Commission in regard to a world-class stadium for the neighborhood of Miami. Because of the essentialness of the stadium, an understanding for another stadium must be finished in order for MLS to come to Miami. Beckham has swore that he won’t look for County or City money for the development of the stadium.
Beckham’s proprietorship aggregation incorporates David’s business accomplice and long-lasting companion Simon Fuller. The remnant of the proprietorship assembly will be settled through the following a few months.
“I can remember so well my discussions with David back in 2007,” said Simon Fuller. “The vision was for David to play in America and to help the sport that he loves to grow in popularity. It was central to our plans that one day David would own his own team. Here we are, February 2014 in Miami, the dream is now a reality and the commitment to grow the sport that he loves continues.”
Major League Soccer, which starts its nineteenth season on March 8, presently offers 19 clubs, with extension groups in New York City and Orlando set to start play in 2015. The League is booked to include three more development groups by 2020, incorporating the Beckham group. Miami might get home to a three extension groups pending conclusion of new stadium.
Congratulations David Beckham on a new club, but many questions still have to be answered. Stadium deal is far from being done, so is location, and all what Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez confirmed during press conference, they are in early phase of negotiations.
Financing new stadium without public money, could be challenging.
Who else will join David Beckham as co-owner of new MLS club?
What do you think about new MLS franchise in Miami?
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