Florida, and Miami in particular have had a checkered histoyt as far as professional soccer is concerned. Both expansion teams MIAMI FUSION and TAMPA BAY MUTINY had the MLS plug pulled in 2011 after poor showings at the gate after four years/
Prior to that in the good old days of the NASL and before we had the Miami Gatos which begot the Miami Toros and the the splendid Ft. Lauderdale Strikers at Lockhart Stadium, coached by the energetic Ron Newman. George Best, Teofilo Cubillas, Gordon Banks, Gerd Muller were stars and rivalry with Tampa Bay Rowdies up the interstate.
42 year old David Beckham, 115 caps for England..59 as captain plus championships and trophies post Manchester United with LA Galaxy, AC Milan, Real Madrid and Paris St. Germain is the new co-owner as MLS Commisioner Don Garber awarded his MIAMI GROUP a franchise to start playing in 2020 and in their own custom built stadium a year later. The MLS has been doing just great in recent seasons with Orlando City and then Atlanta United filling stadiums with enthusiastic fans and another southern city Nashville TN recently awarded a coveted franchise.
After three failed attemps to sucure a city on the waterfront and downtown, Beckham purchased a lot for $28 millionn as a site for the proposed 25,000 all seater $225 million stadium in Overtown district. with lousy public transport and parking.so far. " It has been very difficult times. There were times when we just sat back and said that its not going tohappen.. too difficult,. too hard.., too many barriers".
He didn't want to let down the fans of the last 4 years PREPARE FOR GLORY, who have supported him and his idea all the way and were in attendance yesterday. Also there was 18 year old son Brooklyn Beckham and his co owners. Local CEO of SPRINT Communications Marcelo Claure was joined on stage by local businessmen and philanthropists Jorge and Jose Mas and British promoter and long time Beckham brand friend Simon Fuller.
The Miami group do not yet have a team name, logo or team colors but have pledged to also start up a top rate academy to bring in local talent as well as the many foreign based stars that want to join Beckham and his team.. The Beckam family including children Brookly, Romeo 15, Cruz 12 and Harper 6 spent the New Year in Miami although they have yet to purchase a property there.
There were supporting videos from Jennifer Lopez, Will Smith, Serena Williams and more so we can expect stars in attendance as we saw at the New York Cosmos in the 1970's.
There is already a Division ll team in town, MIAMI FC but this is a major league step up from that standard.
Expect more information on name colours and logos in the coming weeks.