MLS Expansion: David Beckham and Miami In Final Talks

MLS Expansion: David Beckham and Miami In Final Talks

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On October 1, 2013
  • 4 Comments
  • David Beckham, Features, Miami Expansion, MLS Expansion
David Beckham and his team are closing in on an expansion bid in Miami.  (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

David Beckham and his team are closing in on an expansion bid in Miami. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

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.

 

  • Dave Brett

    Drew, there is no new information in the Daily Mail article. None. The Daily Mail is simply using material already published elsewhere.
    The British press, and the Daily Mail in particular, are notorious for presenting speculation as fact. That’s what they are doing here. If there are any new developments out of Miami, the Daily Mail won’t be the newspaper to break this story.

    • Did you notice the comment by the Daily Mail? I did say ‘grain of salt’. I know it isn’t totally new information Dave. Merely giving the slightest update to this story that I can at the moment.

      • Dave Brett

        Drew, I like what you do, but when you come across a news story that isn’t news, you should just ignore it.

  • Bob

    Besides reading like a poorly written tweet, by mentioning Ross’s involvement they prove they had no idea what they were talking about. They are just regurgitating info they had heard. So absolutely nothing new here, move along.