Former Manchester United midfielder David Beckham may take on Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour by helping to fund and establish his own franchise in Major League Soccer in Miami.
David Beckham looking to fuse a new Miami franchise
Hot on the heels of his retirement from top class football, after rejecting the chance to defend the Ligue 1 title he won with Paris Saint-Germain, David Beckham is embarking on the next stage of his distinguished and eventful career.
It is well known that when Becks signed for the LA Galaxy, a clause in that initial contract was inserted giving brand Beckham the option of buying an MLS expansion franchise anywhere in the States apart from New York City.
As it turns out, Manchester City will have made buying a New York franchise redundant anyway, as they look to launch their own franchise in 2015 with the help of the New York Yankees, rather bizarrely to be located near the home of the rival New York baseball team, the Mets, in the Flushing Meadow sports complex.
It seems Beckham though, who has always trumpeted the MLS as a product may be getting prepared to activate that very option.
Earlier this week, he was spotted in Miami checking out both the Sun Life stadium, home of the city’s NFL side the Miami Dolphins, and the Florida International University Stadium, presumably with the intention of finding a home for the franchise he wants to set up.
Miami is a logical place for Beckham to set up his franchise. Miami has not had a MLS franchise since the Fusion folded in 2001, and with the profile of the MLS ever increasing, especially with Beckham having anything to do with it, there is no reason for a second failure.
The large Hispanic population there will also have not gone unnoticed by team Beckham, which is a potential market to be exploited as they will have more affinity with a soccer side than with an NFL team.
If Miami is where Becks chooses to launch his franchise, it will only mean a stronger MLS, and a stronger East Coast division, as players will clamour to play there.
Will Beckham and Miami give Sheikh Mansour and New York a run for their money? If this is what is being planned, it will be an exciting time for football fans on the East coast of America, and it will make interesting watching as each franchise unfolds.
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