David Beckham exercises option for MLS team

Retire soccer star David Beckham is planning to bring an MLS franchise to Miami. (Gonzalo...

Retire soccer star David Beckham is planning to bring an MLS franchise to Miami. (Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters/Files)

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David Beckham exercised his option to buy a Major League Soccer franchise and plans to bring his team to Miami, the Miami Herald reported Monday.

According to the report, the deal is contingent on a viable privately-financed stadium plan.

The international soccer star's investment group and MLS commissioner Don Garber are scheduled to meet with community leaders and youth soccer clubs in Miami on Tuesday and Wednesday to campaign for support.

The meetings include an invitation-only reception Tuesday night at the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall downtown, and a press conference Wednesday morning at the new waterfront Perez Art Museum.

Youth soccer players have been invited to a meet and greet with Beckham at Kendall Soccer Park on Wednesday.

Beckham is negotiating with Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and the commission to lease county-owned land for a 25,000-seat stadium. His preferred site is a waterfront lot on the southwest corner of PortMiami.

MLS will not award Miami a franchise until a stadium plan is complete, but a deal is expected to be reached later this year. If approved, the team would likely start playing in 2016 or '17.


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