On Monday, January 29, former Manchester United and LA Galaxy star David Beckham’s dreams came true. At the Adrienne Arsht Center, Major League Soccer (MLS) commissioner, Don Garber, announced that the league’s 25th franchise would be based in Miami.
MLS is a men’s professional soccer league that represents the sport’s highest level in both the United States and Canada. The new franchise will be headed and partially owned by Beckham thanks to part of his recruitment deal in 2007 with the MLS Los Angeles team, which gave him the option to buy an expansion franchise. Now, after 11 years and four years of official negotiations, this World Cup champion will begin construction on the stadium in Overtown.
There were numerous setbacks when it came to finding a location. Beckham initially sought out PortMiami, then a waterfront site in downtown Miami, and another next to Marlins Park.
Those deals fell through, yet Beckham believes it was all for a reason and that now is the right time for everything to fall into place. Hopefully, this stands true in the face of Overtown resident resistance concerning the redevelopment of subsidized housing, lack of parking, and a lawsuit because Miami Dade did not allow the public to bid for the land.
The 200 million dollar, 25,000-seat stadium is scheduled for completion in 2021. In the meantime, the team-still to be decided-will play its home games elsewhere, possibly at venues such as FIU, Marlins Park, or Hard Rock.
The soccer icon will be hand selecting coaches and managers for his elite crew. Beckham’s primary goal is to seek out and fine tune the best of the best both locally and internationally.
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Even though few specifics have been leaked about this long-planned launch, it is sure to revolutionize the sport and competition in talent-filled Miami.