Soccer star David Beckham unveils plan to launch MLS team in Miami
Wednesday, February 05, 2014 - 01:02
Feb. 5 - David Beckham exercises option to purchase Major League Soccer expansion team in Miami. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Former England soccer captain David Beckham announced on Wednesday he is exercising his option to become the owner of a Major League Soccer team in Miami.
"I wanted to create a team that we can start from scratch. I know there was a team here 10 years ago, and unfortunately they folded. But going forward, I wanted to create a team that can be very personal," said Beckham.
A final deal to grant the franchise to Beckham 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.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star, who also played for the Los Angeles Galaxy, retired as a player last May and holds a $25 million option in his MLS contract to start a new franchise.
Beckham is already in discussions with Miami-Dade county in Florida to possibly lease county-owned land for a 25,000-seat stadium.
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