- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On October 1, 2013
- 4 Comments
- David Beckham, Features, Miami Expansion, MLS Expansion
It seems that with each day the MLS Expansion race continues to get hotter and hotter. Tuesday was all set to be just another day when news broke out of England from the Daily Mail (yeah, grain of salt) that David Beckham and his group in Miami are in final rounds of negotiations with the league about a MLS expansion team.
David Beckham is in the final round of negotiations with backers for his return to Major League Soccer as the owner of a new franchise in Miami.
The former England captain had a clause in his original contract with LA Galaxy allowing him to buy an MLS club with a 25 per cent discount and has almost settled on Florida, where the MLS are keen to expand. He is expected to announce progress before Christmas once his co-investors are in place.
These could include Bolivia-born billionaire Marcelo Claure, who tried unsuccessfully to launch an MLS franchise in Florida in 2009 and joined Beckham in looking at potential stadiums in the Miami area last June.
The Florida International University football stadium is said to be the home of this club starting out as well. Beckham and his group have already toured the facility earlier this year.
The article also mentions that Steven Ross, the owner of the NFL Dolphins could be involved as well in this group. That would be a lot of money in the Miami corner if that is the case between Beckham’s team, Ross and Claure. That is money that MLS will have a hard time looking away from.