After struggling to find an appropriate site it looks like retired English football star David Beckham has found a home for his expansion team in Miami.
The forty year-old sensation has kept himself busy since retiring in 2013 with organizing both Unicef charity matches, releasing fashion & fragrance lines, and trying to establish an MLS expansion team.
The night before the 20th MLS championship Beckham made the announcement of his securing of land Northwest of downtown Miami. MLS Commissioner Don Garber and owners trumpeted their support the next day,
“We are very supportive of Miami Beckham United’s plans to locate their stadium in the City of Miami’s Overtown neighborhood,”
“Their vision for a world-class venue within the urban core that is accessible by mass transportation is impressive, and we believe it will be an important part of the continued revitalization of the area.”
Beckham’s team would become the MLS’ 24th club and would lead off an initiative to bring the total of MLS teams to 28 within the next three years.
While some of the response has been negative (comes with the territory of Beckham’s popularity) the reality is that Beckham has done quite a bit to help establish soccer in the States from his popular “Bend it Like Beckham” film and years with the LA Galaxy.
He’s been nothing but a stand-up ambassador for the sport, and his involvement will most likely help to ensure that this Miami team doesn’t go the way of the now defunct Miami fusion.