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Beckham one step closer to MLS team in Miami

08 June 2017

After more than four years of scouting land with his ownership group, soccer star David Beckham is one step closer to bringing a Major League Soccer franchise to Miami.

According to the Miami Herald, three acres of land were sold for $9 million (approximately €8 million).

The city will still need to approve the actual construction of the stadium, but now that Beckham's group has promised to use private funds to build the stadium and create 50 permanent jobs, it appears the plan has support.

The Miami team is part of a MLS expansion plan that will increase the number of teams from 20 to 24 teams by 2020 and to 28 teams beyond. The Miami Fusion actually played about a half-hour's drive north in Fort Lauderdale, and folded because of poor attendance. With David Beckham's MLS set to be placed in Miami, rumors are strong regarding the former football superstar and his wife Victoria Beckham shifting base to Miami.

Miami-Dade County commissioners rubber-stamped the deal with a vote of nine to four in favour, although it still requires approval from the city of Miami.

Under that deal, Beckham was granted the right to launch an expansion team for $25 million instead of the typical fee estimated at more than $100 million.

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The group still needs the permission of the City of Miami for the deal to go through.

"This land has been an eyesore for years. Something needs to be done with it, now", said Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, who represents the Overtown neighborhood where the stadium is planned.

Despite getting Beckham under their bridge to buy an expanded franchise at a discounted price, the former England, Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder ran into a series of problems in finding a stadium site, failing with bids amid local opposition.

They voted on Tuesday to approve a deal to sell David Beckham's group almost three acres of county land.

The following is the full statement from Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez regarding the Commission's approval of the land sale. The funds from the $9,015,000.00 purchase will be for the Water and Sewer Department (WASD), which now owns the parcel of land. The city is also now home to Miami FC, which began play in the second-tier NASL a year ago, playing home games at Florida International University. In a pair of tweets, Donovan wrote that "we have to respect the process" and that "just because we're down at halftime doesn't mean we stop trying".

Beckham one step closer to MLS team in Miami