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Football: Beckham's Miami venture a big risk - experts

The worst place in the United States for football. The biggest challenge in sport. Those were the reactions from two high-profile figures in US football to David Beckham's widely anticipated announcement on Wednesday that he is to build a club from scratch in Miami. The former Manchester United and England player, together with an investment group that could yet include Miami Heat basketball icon LeBron James, is forking out a reported $25 million for the ambitious Major League Soccer franchise.

James eager for role with Beckham's Miami franchise

By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Miami Heat forward LeBron James, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, said on Wednesday he hoped to be involved with David Beckham's plan to bring a Major League Soccer (MLS) team to Miami. Former England soccer captain Beckham, who has become a close friend of James in recent years and often attends Heat games in Miami, announced earlier on Wednesday he had exercised his option to become the owner of an MLS team in that city.

Beckham to seek world-class talent for Miami soccer club

Miami, Feb 5 (EFE).- David Beckham said Wednesday that he aims to recruit some of "the best football players in the world" for his new Major League Soccer franchise in Miami. Following months of rumors, the 38-year-old former England captain confirmed his intention to acquire an MLS franchise for the Magic City. The deal that brought Beckham to the LA Galaxy in 2007 after his glory years with Manchester United and Real Madrid included an option for him to acquire an MLS franchise for the bargain price of $25 million.

Beckham to bring MLS football club to Miami

British football legend David Beckham said Tuesday that he will buy a US team to play Major League Soccer and bring it to the city of Miami. Beckham spoke to reporters alongside MLS commissioner Don Garber, who said Beckham and the league would work with the Florida city to build a world class stadium for the club. pst/dc/jm

Beckham to bring MLS football club to Miami

British football legend David Beckham said Tuesday that he will buy a US team to play Major League Soccer and bring it to the city of Miami. Beckham spoke to reporters alongside MLS commissioner Don Garber, who said Beckham and the league would work with the Florida city to build a world class stadium for the club. pst/dc/jm

Football: Beckham 'at home already' in Miami

David Beckham has declared himself "at home already," with the former football star poised to confirm Wednesday that he will own a Major League Soccer team in Miami. It has been one of the worst-kept secrets in world football that Beckham intends to exercise his option to buy an MLS club and wants to bring it to Miami, with the plan contingent on a deal for a privately funded stadium, US media report.

Football: Beckham set to become MLS team owner

David Beckham is poised to confirm on Wednesday that he will own a team in Miami, boosting further his global profile and that of Major League Soccer. It has been one of the worst-kept secrets in world football that the former England star intends to exercise his option to buy an MLS club and wants to bring it to Miami, with the plan contingent on a deal for a privately funded stadium, US media report.

Football: MLS plans Beckham Miami team news within 30 days

David Beckham could have a Major League Soccer expansion team in Miami within 30 days. MLS commissioner Don Garber said an announcement is expected in the next month regarding Beckham's bid for a Miami club, what would be the 22nd team in the North American league. That's the most encouraging sign in the ongoing story of the retired English star midfielder's bid to obtain a team in Miami, which has been stalled as talks for the building of a new stadium have continued with city officials.

MLS says no bending for Beckham in bid for Miami team

(Reuters) - Major League Soccer would love to see a new franchise in Miami backed by David Beckham but there will not be a new team in South Beach until a stadium deal is in place, commissioner Don Garber said on Tuesday. Garber repeatedly emphasized that MLS is keen to work with Beckham but was equally firm that it will not bend rules for the former England captain and that a stadium deal must be in place before an expansion franchise is awarded.

David Beckham back in Miami eyeing a Major League Soccer team

By Kevin Gray MIAMI (Reuters) - Retired English soccer star David Beckham toured potential stadium sites in Miami on Wednesday, signaling he is forging ahead with his interest in owning a new Major League franchise in the United States. It was the second time in five months that Beckham, a former star with Manchester United, Real Madrid and the MLS club L.A. Galaxy, has visited Miami.
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