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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Dec 2014

Football

David Beckham may start a Major League Soccer team in Miami
Agencies
Los Angeles, October 31, 2013
First Published: 09:21 IST(31/10/2013)
Last Updated: 09:32 IST(31/10/2013)

Soccer ace David Beckham is reportedly starting a soccer team in Miami.

The 38-year-old former England captain, who ended his career earlier this year after playing for French team Paris Saint-Germain, has picked the sunny city in Florida to launch his very own Major League Soccer (MLS) team, reported E! online.

Beckham is looking to expand his business empire – which also includes his own bodywear line -- by launching a soccer team and he will receive a generous discount from the MLS, paying US $ 25 million in fees for the upstart group.

"We know that Miami is one of the most passionate soccer markets in North America. We have met with David Beckham regarding ownership of an expansion team, and we look forward to David one day owning an MLS club," said Dan Courtemanche, MLS executive vice-president.

Beckham included the option of becoming a team owner one day into his contract with the MLS when he joined the LA Galaxy team in 2007.

Miami had one of the original MLS teams, the Fusion, but they folded after four seasons due to disappointing attendances.

Major League Soccer currently has 19 teams, and a 20th team, New York City FC, is set to launch in 2015.

That team is a joint venture of English Premier League team Manchester City and Major League Baseball's New York Yankees.

Beckham, who won two MLS titles during his six-year spell at LA Galaxy, said he was optimistic about the future of the sport in the United States.

The soccer hunk, his wife Victoria, 39, and their four children -- Brooklyn, 14, Romeo, 11, Cruz, eight, and two-year-old Harper -- moved back to his native hometown of London following his retirement from the sport.


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