David Beckham Could Be Close To Bringing An MLS Team Back to Miami

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Two months after David Beckham jetted to Miami to meet with a Bolivian billionaire and tour stadiums around Dade County, reports are trickling out of Britain this week suggesting that South Florida soccer fans' hopes might just be true. Becks is close to announcing that's he's going to start an MLS franchise, the British press says, and it's probably going to be in Miami.

It's important to bear in mind that the news comes via the Sun and a handful of other British papers where sports "news" sometimes bears a closer resemblance to The Onion UK than to ESPN.

Still, Beckham did tell reporters this week that ""It will be in a few months maybe but it's important to get it right," adding: "This is a big decision where I'll have my franchise and how I'm going to do it. It's something I'm excited about."

Beckham certainly gave Miami a thorough look when he came to town at the end of May. He met Marcelo Claure, a Bolivian billionaire who has tried to lure professional soccer to town in the past, and toured FIU's football stadium as well as a few other sites around town.

When he retired from the MLS last season, Beckham left with an option to buy into a new franchise at a discount rate.

Of course South Florida already had one franchise -- the Miami Fusion -- that bottomed out and was killed, but that team didn't have Beckham at the helm and actually played up in Fort Lauderdale.

Could Becks really bring soccer to town? The Herald's Joseph Goodman takes up the argument this morning and suggests it could work -- if Beckham ignores the FIU option and instead plops a new stadium into South Beach's Flamingo Park.

Crazy idea? Most definitely. But Goodman's right that a west Miami stadium wouldn't match Beckham's star power or energize casual fans the way a SoBe-based team might.

Then again, even the idea of game-time traffic on Alton Road is enough to send battle-scarred South Beach residents to serious therapy.

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Luis A. Barberena
Luis A. Barberena

Lets build a a soccer stadium with a retractable roof for him!

Leonel Perez
Leonel Perez

Im ok...soccer has to be the most boring sport ive ever watched

Nadia Tamara Ramaglia
Nadia Tamara Ramaglia

Please make it so! and not just for having him here more often but for the benefit it will bring to the community by implementing programs to motivate young athletes, bringing kids out on the field rather than attached intravenously to phones and video games.

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

Doesn't SoFla already has a soccer team in FT. Lauderdale?! Who goes to those games, other than high schoolers sponsored by "programs"? Ohhhh, I forgot Miami craves celebrities...

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

Wait until some Cuban politicians approach him, giving "advice" as to how to further his investment... He'll bolt back to England!!

od31521
od31521

@Phil Ramirez actually they averaged around 5K at their games this year. You should come check them out, always a great time.

miamitrev2
miamitrev2 topcommenter

@Layssa Ma Zamora-Pérez 

They were disbanded for ownership issues, not attendance

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