MLS is headed to Miami. Again. Finally.
Manchester United legend David Beckham confirmed what we all already knew, that he will be the owner of a new MLS franchise and that the club has officially been established as an MLS expansion club. It was all announced at an event held in Miami on Monday.
It’s been a long time coming for Beckham. Back in 2012, MLS commissioner Don Garber expressed interest in Miami having a club, and in 2013 the negotiations over a new stadium began. And that was the biggest hold up the entire time — finalizing stadium plans. An initial stadium proposal fell through and in 2014, Garber said the team would not be approved until a downtown stadium plan was in place.
In June, the ownership group finalized the plans for a stadium after securing land, securing three acres for $9 million in the Overtown neighborhood of Miami. In December, new partners were added to the ownership group.
This will be Miami’s second MLS franchise in history after the Miami Fusion, which was founded in 1997 but folded in 2001.
No official club name or colors were not announced at the meeting, but the expectation is for the team to begin playing in 2020, Garber said according to The Miami Herald.