David Beckham Announces Miami MLS Plans: "I Want to Make it My Own Team"
He’s been working hard to bring a Major League Soccer team to Miami, Florida, and David Beckham announced his plans today (February 5).
Joined by MLS Commissioner Don Garger and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, the English soccer legend shared the details of his latest venture, in hopes of further boosting soccer’s popularity in the States.
When asked why he chose Miami, David fired back, “I mean, why not? I think, all joking aside, for me I wanted to create a team that we can start from scratch.”
Becks added, “It’s a big decision but it’s a very personal one. I want to make it my own team… I’ve always said throughout my career, whether there are challenges or not, to be successful you have to work hard.”
"Me and my partners are very excited by this project. Miami is a very vibrant city with a lot of passion. I know Miami is ready to be successful this time.”
David also assured the audience that he and his investors will not seek funding from the City to get the stadium built. “We don’t want public funding. We will fund the stadium ourselves… We want to create a stadium, a soccer team that’s the people’s club.”
Additionally, Beckham declared that he planned to recruit from all over the world, including the Premiere League. “Yes we will want to bring some of the best players to Miami. I’ve seen what happens to teams when you bring the best players in- I’m talking about the Miami Heat.”
With regard to community development, David stated he hoped to create a program for the children of Miami- “I want to set up a great academy, a kids’ academy.”
Meanwhile, Mayer Giminez noted that at least five county commissioners were in attendance at the press conference- “There is political support for getting this done.”