Miami, FL

Former England captain and recently retired football superstar David Beckham is excited about the possibility of bringing a new Major League Soccer team to Miami.

"I think bringing an MLS team here to South Florida would be exciting," Beckham told WFOR-TV. "I think Miami fans are very passionate about the sport and about winning and of course, it would have to be success but it's definitely exciting."

Beckham recently toured sports facilities in the area and met with representatives of the Miami-Dade Sports Commission as part of his trip as he weighs his options following his retirement from professional soccer in May.

Beckham visited the Sun Life Stadium, football stadium at Florida International University and other facilities with billionaire Marcelo Claure, who has unsuccessfully tried in the past to return the MLS to South Florida.

Beckham also attended the Miami Heat's NBA Eastern Conference finals Game 5 victory over the Indiana Pacers as a guest of Claure. He also received a key to Miami-Dade County by Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

However, there is no firm agreement in place for Beckham to buy an expansion franchise as MLS is also considering other cities.

Beckham announced his retirement on May 16 then played his last professional game two days later when Paris St Germain defeated Brest at Parc des Princes.

Beckham played for the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007 and won back-to-back MLS Cups with the team in 2011 and 2012 before moving on to PSG in January of this year.

Beckham had a clause in his Galaxy contract that allowed him to create an MLS team at the discounted price of $25 million after his retirement.

The state of Florida does not currently have a team in MLS after both the Tampa Bay Mutiny and the Miami Fusion were cut from the league in 2001 as part of a restructuring.

 

Less than a month after retiring from soccer and David Beckham is already making plans for his future. One of the world's most iconic athletes is apparently ready to move on to the next stage of his soccer career

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