Published: Tue, January 30, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

David Beckham Explains His Vision For Building Miami's MLS Roster

David Beckham Explains His Vision For Building Miami's MLS Roster

This ownership is committed to bringing Miami the elite-level soccer team, stadium and fan experience it richly deserves.

Major League Soccer announced it is awarding a franchise in Miami to former star player, David Beckham.

Beckham said this has been a dream of his for many years.

"We plan to be in the league in 2020, we hope to have the stadium built by 2021, so there is a lot of work to be done before we think about the players that we want to bring in", he said.

The 42-year-old exercised his option to purchase an MLS expansion team in 2014 after joining Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007.

Beckham told ABC News' Adrienne Bankert in an interview that aired Monday on "Good Morning America" that he used what has happened over the past four years as a life lesson for his children: Brooklyn, 18, Romeo, 15, Cruz, 12, and Harper, 6.

"We will build a state of the art academy", Beckham declared. "I was drawn to this city for the same reasons millions of people are - the diversity, the culture, the people, the weather, the beaches", he said.

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Monday's major announcement in Miami is set to feature a major crowd on hand. That's why, for me, I never gave up. The Fusion were the first expansion team in 1998 coming in alongside the Chicago Fire, but they were contracted before the 2002 season during uncertain days for the league.

He said: "It's more about spending time together, going for a simple dinner together". "I promise you that the team we bring into this league will be one of the best teams - will be the best team", he said.

The Beckham group had two different plans for waterside stadium venues defeated and were unable to secure a deal for a third location close to the Miami Marlins baseball arena.

Beckham part-owns the franchise with Bolivian entrepreneur Marcelo Claure, who he met after the Englishman's business partner Simon Fuller introduced them following a chance meeting at pop star Jennifer Lopez's house. Throughout the intervening years since he first made it his intentions official, the ownership group of the team has witnessed a few changes.

The franchise rights will cost Beckham $25 million, according to multiple reports, which is well below the market rate.

Major League Soccer has officially arrived in Miami.

The Miami Herald reported over the weekend that a local landowner and neighbors of a slated stadium site in the city's Overtown district were organizing to block zoning approvals required to finally begin construction. "I'm a persistent person".

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