Beckham outlines plans for Miami Major League Soccer franchise

Beckham outlines plans for Miami Major League Soccer franchise

PanARMENIAN.Net - Former England captain David Beckham has outlined his plans for a new Miami-based Major League Soccer franchise, according to BBC Sport.

The 38-year-old, who retired as a player last May, said a world class stadium would be built to host the club, which would be the 22nd in the MLS.

"I want to make this my own team," said Beckham, who played for LA Galaxy between 2007 and 2012. No date has been set for when the team would enter the MLS.

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.

The former midfielder, who also played for Manchester United, 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."

Beckham, who won the Champions League, the Premier League, La Liga and Ligue 1 as a player, added that he intended to recruit "the best" players for the new side, but would not confirm any names.

"We will bring great players in," he said. "The fortunate thing about my career is players are already interested in coming to Miami."

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

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.

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