David Beckham can barely contain his smile while on stage during a press conference to announce an MLS franchise in Miami on Monday (January 29) at Knight Concert Hall in Miami, Fla.
"Today, you made my dream come true", said worldwide soccer superstar David Beckham during the event at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami Monday.
Garber added that the league was "committed to bringing Miami the elite-level soccer team, stadium and fan experience it richly deserves". "With David Beckham, Marcelo Claure, Jorge and José Mas, Masayoshi Son and Simon Fuller leading the way, we know the right people are in place and the time is right for Miami to become a great Major League Soccer city". Similarly, there was no announcement about when the Miami franchise will officially join the league.
Miami has always been identified as a potential MLS expansion area but the Beckham-backed venture to take a team there has been beset by years of difficulties over the location of a possible new stadium. During that time, Beckham tried looking for a location near the Miami waterfront and another lot by Marlins Park.
The option was part of the lucrative contract the former England worldwide captain signed when he agreed to moved to LA Galaxy in 2007.
The 42-year-old, who won 115 England caps during a 13-year global career, is credited with raising the profile of football in the United States by joining LA Galaxy.More news: Flu Season Death Rate At Epidemic Level — CDC
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With film star looks and Spice Girl wife Victoria, Beckham was one of the most marketable football players in the world over the course of his playing his career - even though he lacked the playing talent of contemporaries such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Zinedine Zidane.
Launch of the new Beckham-backed team will mark the second attempt to start a Miami-based MLS franchise.
While MLS has not formally revealed the reason for the gathering, the Miami Herald reported earlier this week that Beckham's ownership group had been given final approval as the league's next expansion side.
"Bringing an MLS franchise to Miami has been a hell of a journey".
The city of Miami was previously home to the MLS franchise the Miami Fusion, which was drafted into the league in 1998.
Beckham has spent the last four years trying to bring MLS back to South Florida.