MIAMI – David Beckham’s plan to carry Main League Soccer again to South Florida is on the cusp of turning into actuality.
Beckham and his companions are planning a Monday occasion to formally announce Miami’s new MLS crew, in addition to its title and emblem, an individual with direct data of the scenario advised The Related Press on Wednesday. The particular person spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of neither Beckham’s group nor MLS officers had introduced the plans publicly.
A spokesman for Beckham didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. His group has mentioned it needs the brand new crew to start play within the 2020 season.
The previous Manchester United, Actual Madrid and LA Galaxy star introduced his plans to carry an MLS crew to Miami 4 years in the past. The method has been arduous since, most just lately due to a lawsuit that was filed over Beckham’s $9 million buy of a plot of land from Miami-Dade County for use for the crew’s deliberate 25,000-seat stadium.
A contract he signed in 2007 with the LA Galaxy gave Beckham the precise to start out an growth franchise for $25 million, and in 2013 he chosen Miami because the place the place he would wish to put a crew.
It will likely be South Florida’s second probability to have an MLS franchise. The Miami Fusion performed from 1998 by 2001 in Fort Lauderdale, a few half-hour’s drive north of Miami, and folded due to poor attendance.
When the crew formally is born, Miami will change into the 11th market with groups from the 5 largest North American sports activities leagues – MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL and MLS. Toronto additionally has 5 main professional groups, with the distinction being that it has a CFL franchise and never an NFL membership.
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