Recapping Beckham's Journey to Bring MLS to Miami

Brunilde Fioravanti
Gennaio 25, 2018

Nearly four years after David Beckham met the press in Miami, his preferred site for an MLS expansion team, the Miami Herald reported the official launch will finally take place next week, most likely on Monday.

An event is tentatively scheduled for Monday to officially award an MLS franchise in Miami to Beckham and his ownership group that also includes local businessmen Jorge and Jose Mas, according to multiple reports. Beckham representatives declined to comment, but privately people close to the soccer bid say the tentative plan is for a Monday announcement.

It appears the American soccer organization is preparing to announce an agreement with an ownership group, led by Beckham, to form a first-division team in Miami.

He had selected Miami as the site for his franchise years ago, but has struggled mightily to find a suitable plot of land to build an arena. His group has said it wants the new team to begin play in the 2020 season.

"Bruce Matheson, a wealthy activist who owns property near the planned stadium site in Overtown, sued the county, arguing that he should have been given the chance to purchase the three-acre parcel during a competitive bidding process".

Beckham, the English superstar, initially announced his intentions to bring soccer to Miami on February 5, 2014.

Those teams will pay an expansion fee in the range of $150 million, but Beckham's group will pay significantly less as part of the deal he signed with the league when he agreed to play for the LA Galaxy in 2007. When the group couldn't secure private land from local landowners in Little Havana, a proposal next to Marlins Park died.

In November, the MLS said it would approve the Beckham-backed franchise "in the coming months".

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