Thursday, February 06, 2014

THIS IS THE PEOPLE'S CLUB! DAVID BECKHAM ANNOUNCES MLS NEW FRANCHISE IN MIAMI

Blue is the colour: David Beckham poses with fans wearing Miami scarves
Former England captain and football star, David Beckham said he is "living a dream" as he outlined his plans for a new Miami-based Major League Soccer franchise. 

Beckham has described his Major League Soccer venture in Miami 'exciting' on the day he finally unveiled the country's new franchise - and claims he can lure the world's best to his new side.


The 38-year-old's move into football ownership is expected to cost him £15million - around 25 per cent of the price other new clubs have to pay - and he instantly proclaimed he wants Miami to be home to 'The People's Football Club'. 

The football star, who retired from the game last may, had plenty of opportunities throughout America and Canada, but went for Florida - and he landed with a message.
                       Winning team? Beckham was joined by MLS commissioner Don Garber (left) and mayor Carlos Gimenez
'Players are already interested into coming and playing - who wouldn't? Great players will come here' Beckham claimed. 

He said a world-class stadium would be built to host the franchise, which would be the 22nd in the MLS.
"I want to make this my own team," said the ex-Manchester United midfielder.
No date has been set for when the side would enter the MLS.

'We have a list of players (we want). Everyone knows who they want. These players are calling me up and sending me messages. 

'It would be disrespectful for me as an owner to speculate, but we want the best.
'But I want to build an established academy and local players who want to reach the top.
American dream: Beckham wants Miami to be home to 'The People's Football Club'
Beckham's option to purchase a franchise is believed to have been part of the financial package he negotiated when he joined LA Galaxy in 2007. He played for the MLS club until 2012.

True colours! Beckham was handed a blue scarf at the end of the press conference
The former midfielder, who also had spells with Real Madrid, AC Milan and Paris St-Germain, added: "This is an exciting time for myself, my family, my friends and partners, and it is something we are really looking forward to bringing to Miami.

"We're planning to bring a team that will be a global team. I want to create a team that we can start from scratch and I am going to work hard for this city to make this team very successful. It is an exciting time.


"I have worked with some of the biggest clubs and greatest players and this is a dream."  

Beckham has long had an ambition to own a team in the US.

His representatives held talks with the MLS about the possibility of him buying a franchise shortly before his retirement, while basketball superstar LeBron James said in November that he was in discussion with Beckham about investing in the planned Miami club.

                         Dazed and confused! Beckham was met by a wall of media when he arrived in Miami

James reiterated his desire to be involved on Wednesday, telling reporters: "Right now, there are some things that need to be worked out but I think it's exciting for the city of Miami."

The MLS currently consists of 19 teams, but the league announced in 2013 that two further sides  would join in 2015.

                    Happy memories: Beckham won back-to-back MLS titles at LA Galaxy in 2011 and 2012 

Those will be Orlando City SC and New York City, which is part-owned by Manchester City.

The last MLS team in Miami folded after being in existence for four seasons. It struggled with sparse attendance and had the lowest revenue in the league.


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