According to the Associated Press today, South Florida will be receiving another sports franchise. David Beckham, who retired from his professional soccer career in May, has reportedly decided on Miami as the city for a Major League Soccer expansion team.
Beckham, 38, joined the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007 and was given the option of becoming a team owner in his contract. He will reportedly pay a discounted rate of $25 million to establish his team and will look to raise more for setup costs. Though the MLS will need to approve the location of a new franchise, The AP's Rob Harris was told that Beckham has decided on Miami after previously expressing an interest in the city.
"I think bringing an MLS team here to South Florida would be exciting,” Beckham said back in June. “I think Miami fans are very passionate about the sport and about winning and of course, it would have to be success but it’s definitely exciting.”
Dan Courtemanche, MLS executive vice president, reiterated Beckham's enthusiasm for Miami, calling it "one of the most passionate soccer markets in North America."
Montreal, San Diego, and Orlando are said to have been among some of Beckham's other top choices.
The AP report adds that Beckham would like for the team to debut on the field in three years. Part of the setup costs would include building a venue dedicated to soccer, but Beckham has scouted arenas such as Sun Life and FIU stadiums as potential venues in the meantime.