Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Beckham to Head Up New MLS Side in Florida

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Beckham to Head Up New MLS Side in Florida

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DAVID Beckham's long wait for a Major League Soccer franchise in Miami is over.

MLS commissioner Don Garber has announced the Florida city will become the league's 24th, awarding the franchise to a group headed by Beckham, but also including his manager Simon Fuller and businessmen Marcelo Claure, Masayoshi Sun and Jorge and Jose Mas.

Beckham has been working on founding a team in Miami for several years, and admitted there were times when he thought it might not work.

"It was difficult at times," said the former United star. "There were times when we sat back and said, 'This is not going to happen, this dream is not going to happen'. It was too difficult, there were too many bumps in the road, but I don't give up."

The possibility of owning a franchise was part of Beckham's move to the Los Angeles Galaxy from Real Madrid in 2007, with the former England skipper keen to get in on the ground floor of a league which has almost doubled in size since then in terms of number of teams. …

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