David Beckham Coming To Miami To Explore Bringing a New MLS Franchise To Town

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Miami futbol fans salivating over the Spain vs. Haiti friendly next month at Sun Life Stadium may want to put on their adult diapers before reading this headline: David Beckham himself is coming to Miami this week to meet a billionaire financier to discuss bringing a Major League Soccer franchise back to the Magic City.

Beckham, who just retired from playing, is keen to own his own MLS team and Miami-based Bolivian billionaire Marcelo Claure might be the money man to make it happen.

Unlike most shady soccer rumor-mongering, it's pretty clear that Beckham will in fact be in town this week and will be meeting with Claure.

None other than former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz confirms the news to Reuters, telling them, "Yes, he is coming. My understanding is that it's very exploratory at this stage."

The partnership would make some sense. As part of his deal to come to the Los Angeles Galaxy, Becks was given the option to create a new franchise after his playing days were finished. (Beckham just retired from a last stint at Paris Saint-Germain last week)

Claure, meanwhile, lined up a bid to partner with Barcelona FC for a Miami team back in 2009 before pulling out over concerns about the shaky economy.

Beckham and the billionaire will reportedly hang out in the stands at Thursday's Game Five of the Heat-Pacers series. A fan group called MLS Miami Bid -- which has more than 3,000 supporters on Facebook -- is planning a rally outside the game to show support for a new franchise in town.

Worth mentioning amidst all the excitement: Miami had one crack at the MLS already, but the Fusion were contracted back in 2002 after four years of lukewarm support and shaky financial management. Would the league really give the 305 a second shot?

If Beckham decides Miami is where he wants to hang his hat -- and given his heavily discounted $25 million option to open a new franchise -- league officials may not have much choice but to give him the chance.

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udasan_moon
udasan_moon

Lots of ignorance people in here. "He is history, we don't need him here", they say. Are you guys stupid or what??? He is NOT coming to Miami to play. Of course he is a history in football/soccer, he's just retired! BUT...in terms of business in the game, he is far from being a history, yet. He is coming to Miami to OWN a football team, NOT to play. He's got MONEY, POWER, NAME, SOURCES & CONTACTS to make it a success. Being one of the best footballers of his generation will take him far in this business as well as he knows a thing or two of what's need to be done to manage and train a very good football/soccer team. So those of you who rejected him just because you don't like him because he is better than you are the real losers in this! I hope he'll choose Orlando for his team, that would teach you snobby people some lesson!

Ryan Johnston
Ryan Johnston

Maybe they could play in the new Marlins park lol.

ifanov
ifanov

Never going to happen, never going to work. The sport needs to grow organically to prop up an MLS franchise. The grassroots scene in Miami is pitiful, there are almost no adult leagues and no proper places to play unless you want to play pinball at one of the ripoff five a side places with square goals against the many 'fans' of Barcelona and Real Madrid. Do we even have a soccer specific stadium in Miami for an MLS team? No. Who's going to build one? Nobody.

Did you know Miami already has a team? And practically no one goes to watch Miami United as it is. It doesn't matter that it's NPSL, nobody cares. Just like nobody cared about the Fusion. These are facts that anyone likely to invest in soccer in this area knows.

The only way we are getting an MLS franchise in South Florida soon is if the only team with proven support and some history, the Strikers, build and move to a soccer specific stadium. Parachuting a franchise into the city, no matter who is behind it, will be an abject failure. Growth is the key, MLS in this city is a long way away.

elbarto45
elbarto45

The "Miami" Fusion played in Ft. Lauderdale, for the record

Lori Benanti Whiting
Lori Benanti Whiting

I agree with Marlon, it's been too long. Soccer is up and coming in our community as evidenced by all the soccer leagues, both rec and competitive. This could be a great thing for us.

Tomas Ayala
Tomas Ayala

No one shows up for the NBA, NHL, NFL, and MLB games. What makes them think that anyone will come to an MLS game?

Marlon De Leon
Marlon De Leon

fuck what everyone else says.. Miami needs an MLS team again

Holger Werner
Holger Werner

Well, he could be still a "Flagship" for Miami. All European Soccer Players moving to the US are "History" ;-)

Holger Werner
Holger Werner

London,Milan,L.A.,Paris,Miami. He is only coming for Fashion Reasons. This Dude Sucks big time !!!

xcrdrunner
xcrdrunner

@elbarto45and the jets and the giants play in jersey whats your point clearly he means the miami metro area

mikeyzamora
mikeyzamora

@Tomas Ayala  maybe they just don't like basketball, hockey, football, and baseball. maybe they just like soccer. 

Personally, I'd pay for NHL but it's much too far away. The only one close enough for my money is MLB but I'm not going to pay to watch baseball. In my opinion, that's why the Fusion failed. If the new team plays closer to Miami, they should do pretty well in the sales department.

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