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David Beckham Says Prospect of Owning Miami MLS Team is Exciting: The Daily EPL

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Former England captain David Beckham has put Miami in pole position to possibly become the 21st team in Major League Soccer after constructive meetings and tours of stadiums in South Florida yesterday.

Beckham, who was courtside at a Miami Heat game on Thursday night with Miami billionaire Marcelo Claure, toured Sun Life Stadium and FIU Stadium in Miami on Saturday, where he met the county’s mayor and local soccer fans. Beckham was positive with what he saw:

“I think bringing an MLS team here to South Florida would be… it’s exciting.

“I think Miami fans are very passionate about their sports and very passionate about winning and of course, it would have to be success but it’s definitely exciting.”

The fact that Beckham chose Miami as the site for his first serious exploration into finding a location for a future MLS team is very positive. The southeastern region of the United States, which represents 25% of the entire US population, hasn’t had a MLS team in 12 years, so there’s certainly a hunger and demand for a top-quality team in the region.

Whether Miami, the city, is a prime location for a team in the southeast is debatable. While Miami is sexy internationally, the city already has three competing professional teams (Dolphins, Heat and Marlins). A better move for Beckham would be to consider Fort Lauderdale as the site for a new MLS team in South Florida, where the location would attract soccer fans from a wider area instead of just Miami.

Beckham is in the area until Tuesday, so let’s hope he makes time to tour Lockhart Stadium in Broward County as a potential venue for a MLS team, too.

What do you think about former England captain David Beckham’s desire to bring a MLS team to Miami? Other than Miami, what other US cities should he consider for a MLS franchise? Will a MLS team in South Florida work? Give us your opinions in the comments section below.

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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