Beckham takes major step toward Miami MLS franchise with land deal

David Beckham announced in 2014 that he intended to bring a team to the South Florida city exercising an option he was granted when he joined the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007

David Beckham announced in 2014 that he intended to bring a team to the South Florida city exercising an option he was granted when he joined the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007

The $9 million property, a truck depot and warehouse which located in Miami's Overtown neighborhood off the Miami River, gives Beckham's group a total of nine acres for the goal of building a privately-financed, 25,000-seat downtown soccer stadium in its pursuit of an MLS expansion team.

David Beckham is expanding his empire, and now with a Major League Soccer (MLS) football stadium in Miami after a 9-4 vote by commissioners.

The former Manchester United and England midfielder's group, Miami Beckham United, has secured the USA dollars 9million purchase of land upon which to build a stadium. It's a big win for the English soccer icon, who has spent four years - and counting - trying to bring Miami an expansion MLS franchise.

If Miami Beckham United gets zoning approval in 2018, it hopes to open the stadium in 2020. He was given the rights to an MLS expansion franchise for the steeply discounted price of $25 million as part of his deal to join the LA Galaxy as a player in 2007.

But finding suitable land in crowded Miami proved hard.

The investment group now has a 60-day window to get Major League Soccer's approval for the franchise - and Kasdin indicated they are still looking for more investors and owners in the meantime. A few supporters spoke as well, and many commissioners noted that the county will receive property tax revenue off the site going forward. South Florida had an MLS team from 1998 through 2001.

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A group led by the former England captain has secured the purchase of land to build a new stadium there.

"This land has been an eyesore for years.Something needs to be done with it, now", Commissioner Audrey Edmonson of Overtown neighbourhood said, according to ESPN FC.

"The process was lengthy, difficult, but necessary in order to ensure that Miami-Dade County taxpayers were properly compensated", Miami Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez said in a statement.

"He will be a happy man today", Leiweke said. This deal, commissioners said, isn't ideal either. "MLS will only reach its full potential once it fields a team here". The city is also now home to Miami FC, which began play in the second-tier NASL a year ago, playing home games at Florida International University.

All this time, all we needed to change America's exploitative model of pro sports stadium construction was an Englishman to show us the way.

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