David Beckham has recently retired from playing soccer but he’s not quite done with the sport as a whole, reports the Associated Press. The former Manchester United, Real Madrid, L.A. Galaxy and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder, is looking to develop a new franchise in the United States after his career in the league.
Beckham made a trip to Miami, Florida over the weekend and toured Sun Life Stadium and Florida International University, meeting with Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez on Saturday.
“I think Miami fans are very passionate about their sports and very passionate about winning,” said Beckham. “It’s definitely exciting,” reported BBC Sports.
Miami had a professional soccer team, the Miami Fusion, from 1998 to 2001 but the team disbanded due to poor attendance. City officials hope the new team would be more popular with fans.
“We’re ready and we’re excited about the possibility of having top-flight professional soccer back in Miami,” said Gimenez. “With people from all over the world living in our community, this is an ideal market for MLS (Major League Soccer) and David Beckham is the right person to make it happen.”
It’s been reported that Beckham apparently has an option in his contract with the L.A. Galaxy to purchase a franchise in MLS for $25 million. He was joined by Bolivian billionaire Marcelo Claure, who will share in ownership of the new franchise. They are expected to look at multiple cities.
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