- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On June 3, 2013
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- David Beckham, Features, Marcelo Claure, Miami Expansion, MLS Expansion
Yeah, he’s back in the States and is hitting up South Beach.
David Beckham spent most of last weekend with billionaire Marcelo Claure, who has unsuccessfully tried in the past to return the MLS to South Florida.
After attending Game 5 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals earlier in the week, Beckham visited Sun Life Stadium and the football stadium at Florida International University on Saturday.
Beckham also was given a key to Miami-Dade County on Saturday by Mayor Carlos Gimenez. Yes, the key to the county. Impressive.
Beckham had a clause in his Galaxy contract that allowed him to create an MLS team at the discounted price of $25 million after his retirement.
Obviously this is the early stages of Beckham’s expansion process. Miami has always been seen as the front-runner for his bid but I’ve been told he will also be touring a couple other potential cities.
Getting a team back in Miami has been discussed for a while now within the league offices but a lot has to go right for it to happen. The Beckham-Claure combo wouldn’t be a bad one to see in this league as Beckham brings his brand that is well known while Claure brings billions to the owners table (something the league certainly wants to tap into).
As I’ve stated many times before on here regarding Miami, a lot has to go right for this to be successful. Stadium location, ownership, fan support, and possibly something that is equally important, some geographical rivals to Miami. You can’t just go back to the southeast with one club, and the league knows that.