David Beckham‘s MLS contract included a clause that would allow him to have ownership in the MLS, for a discounted rate, after retirement. Rumors about the location of the club began after he left LA Galaxy to go on to play six months at Paris Paris Saint-Germain FC. After taking trips down to Miami to scope out locations, it became evident that these were no longer rumors; it was just a matter of when.
There was a slight update during the first half of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. Don Garber — more commonly known as the Soccer Don — had the following to say according to Sun Sentinel:
“I was down there this past weekend, and I’ve been down there a lot, working with potential ownership and trying to finalize a stadium plan. Right now, we’ve got a lot of work to do, and we’ll announce something in early February.”
The pending news for early February is exciting. Expansion clubs for the MLS are always a good thing. More fans for league will help the MLS catch up to international soccer leagues. Miami is said to have plans to build a soccer specific stadium for the future club, and this is what interests me most about the deal. Many clubs in the MLS still share american football stadiums with college campuses or professional teams; the fields are a real eyesore to watch matches on when the football lines can still be seen. It would be great for Miami to have a club and to have that team to club on a soccer-specific stadium.
Does Beckham have what it takes to own a MLS club? I definitely think so. He has experience playing for the MLS, and he was definitely a game changer to soccer in the USA. I think anything soccer-related that includes Beckham’s name cannot go wrong. He has the experience and the needed reputation. I look forward to see what Beckham does for Miami and MLS as a whole.