The MLS officially has a 22nd team, and it’s located in Miami…again.
Standing alongside Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber and Mayor of Miami-Dade County Carlos A. Jimenez, David Beckham announced the launch of the new team that he will own in South Beach. Miami had a team once before, but the Fusion folded in 2001.
“I am thrilled to announce that David Beckham has exercised his option to purchase an MLS expansion team and we are so excited to he has selected Miami for his new club,” Garber announced. “David had lots of cities across the U.S. and Canada to choose from, he picked Miami because he believes in this city.”
The new franchise in Miami will cost Beckham just over $20 million to get started. The price is much lower that the usual expansion fee of around $100 million that was seen in the past when Portland, Montreal, Vancouver and Orlando all entered the league.
The new team in Miami is expected to begin play in 2017, and there are rough plans in place to bring a soccer-specific stadium 25,000 seat stadium along the Miami waterfront.
“For it to be successful we will need a world class soccer stadium to serve as its home venue. It will show the rest of the world we can have one of the great soccer stadiums in the world,” Garber said during the announcement of the team. “If we are successful this facility will be a showcase of everything that is so special about this city. Starting today David and his partners in the league will work closely with Mayor Jiminez and the Miami commissioner to find a project that makes sense MLS, David’s team and our fans.”