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David Beckham on MLS franchise in Miami: “Hopefully announcement will come by January 1”

Nov 29, 2013, 7:42 AM EDT

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Brace yourselves Florida, Beckham mania is about to hit you before the clock strikes midnight on New Years Eve.

At least… that’s the plan.

Those streamers and party hats will come in handy if Major League Soccer and David Beckham finally announce the worst kept secret on the U.S. sports scene, an MLS franchise will arrive in Miami before January 1 2014.

Beckham hopes to announce that is indeed the case sooner rather than later, as the former Manchester United, Real Madrid and LA Galaxy star spoke about his efforts to own a proposed MLS franchise in Miami now his playing career has finished.

“Hopefully there will be an announcement before the new year,” Beckham said in an interview with Sky Sports in the UK. “We haven’t announced that it’s definitely going to be Miami yet but obviously I’ve been seen in Miami quite a few times. We’re getting the details right at the moment.”

(MORE: David Beckham has “December 31 deadline” to make MLS in Miami a reality)

In the past few months Beckham has been spotted in South Florida on several occasions and has had Bolivian businessman Marcelo Claure at his side as the two throw money, time and effort into making MLS in Miami a reality. Bringing soccer to MIA is something Becks is passionate about and with the likes of NBA superstar LeBron James stating his interest in being involved with the new franchise, what could go wrong? That’s another story entirely, as fans of the now defunct Miami Fusion know only too well. But with Orlando City recently being announced as MLS’ 21st franchise to join in 2015, a Floridian rival can help rejuvenate the Southeast as a soccer hotspot.

Becks’ is hoping his legacy will get off the ground in the next month, it’s going to be a treat to see what he has in store for us.

“I’m excited about the future,” Beckham said with a smile on his face. “I want to put back into the game a little something and if this is the way of doing it… then it’s amazing. I’m excited about that.”

  1. hildezero - Nov 29, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    I’m sure there will be an announcement.

  2. talgrath - Nov 29, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Isn’t Beckham’s option up at the end of this year to buy a franchise? So this is now or never, right?

    • onelovesoccer7 - Dec 2, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      this is why i hate internet comment sections. you get down-voted for something that is a FACT.

      “David Beckham’s agreement with MLS to purchase an expansion team at a discounted rate of $25 million expires on Dec. 31, according to league commissioner Don Garber. The term had been hinted at for some time, but Garber’s comment represented the first official confirmation. He was speaking to reporters in Orlando following a Tuesday event at which Orlando City was confirmed as a 2015 MLS expansion franchise.”

      come on people, stop down-voting people because you are not aware of the facts. further, it makes perfect sense. otherwise, if i was Becks, i would wait until franchises are worth even more knowing i have a flat rate of $25M that will never expire. that would be some serious low-risk ROI.

      • footballer4ever - Dec 2, 2013 at 6:36 PM

        Hmm! Considering Garber indicated MLS want to increase the league to 24 clubs and Orlando is MLS club #21, Possibly Atlanta # 22 and more likely Miami #23 or 22, and franchise # 24 being somewhere else, I am not sure there’s much more Beckham would have to wait for unless he waits to be voted out because he did not exercise his $25 discounted franchise offer which as in anything in life there’s always an expiration date.

  3. footballer4ever - Nov 29, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    It’s not a matter IF Miami will get a MLS football club, it’s a matter of WHEN will things get accomplished for a club to have a great chance to make it this time in Miami. The Fusion were doomed from the beginning when Horowitz was not successful to get local politicians to agree on the Orange Bowl to become the Fusion’s home team + the reluctance to invest money to market the team into communities and just expecting for fans to show up just because were only a few of the main reason the Fusion ceased to exist. The main one being the league overall was fragile and Miami /Tampa were the only teams owned by others than the Hunt/Kraft/Antchutz TRIO who were the MLS decision makers in the end.

  4. footballer4ever - Nov 30, 2013 at 8:54 PM

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