chief expects Beckham to win approval for Miami club
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[August 03, 2017]
(Reuters) - Major League Soccer
Commissioner Don Garber said on Wednesday that he expected to be
celebrating soon with David Beckham on his ownership of a new club
in Miami pending the resolution of a "couple of issues".
Beckham's bid to win approval for a Miami franchise was taken up by
the league's board of governors ahead of Wednesday's All-Star game
but has yet to get the final nod.
"We've got a couple of issues we needed to work out. We've got some
time to do that. Our board said, 'hey, we're ready to go if you can
resolve those issues'," Garber said in an interview on Fox Sports
during the broadcast of the MLS All-Stars vs Real Madrid match.
"'Take your time to do that and we hope to be in Miami in several
weeks time to be able to celebrate with David and his partners.'"
Garber declined to elaborate on the remaining issues but said
everything was falling into place for Beckham to win approval,
mentioning the plans for a new stadium and the financial backing
with partner Todd Boehly, a part-owner of Major League Baseball's
Los Angeles Dodgers.
Miami Beckham United, the team's working title, would become the
MLS's 24th team following next season's launch of Los Angeles FC.
The privately-funded $300 million project has been 3-1/2 years in
the making since former England captain Beckham, one of the most
globally recognized former players, first announced his plans to
bring a team to Miami.
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David Beckham (C), former captain of England's soccer team, poses as
he attends a promotion event in Beijing, China, September 20, 2016.
Two months ago, his group acquired the final parcel
of land to build a soccer-specific 25,000-seat stadium in the
Overtown neighborhood of Miami.
MLS has long desired to expand into Miami and believes that changes
in the market coupled with Beckham's backing offer the recipe to
success, despite past failures of soccer franchises in south
Beckham raised the profile of MLS when he joined Los Angeles Galaxy
as a player in 2007 and led the team to two MLS Cup titles during
his six seasons.
His arrival in LA, after trophy-filled years with Manchester United
and Real Madrid, ushered in a new era for the league, spurring
bigger contracts for marquee players, more expansion teams and new
(Reporting by Frank Pingue and Larry Fine; Editing by Ian Ransom)
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