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UPDATED It's official: MLS awards franchise to David Beckham, who hopes to bring the team to Miami

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David Beckham dreams of an iconic stadium on the shores of Biscayne Bay. Tens of thousands of ardent fans walk over from the mainland to watch some of the world’s best players compete for Miami’s own Major League Soccer team.

That vision is still far from becoming a reality. But on Wednesday, Beckham took a significant step toward his goal.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber announced that Beckham, a retired English footballer, will get an expansion franchise, and its home will be Miami — if Beckham and his investors score a new stadium.

Nothing will be finalized until that takes place, likely not for months, if at all. The team wouldn’t start playing probably until 2017.

Yet, in starstruck Miami, those caveats did little to dampen the frenzy that surrounded Beckham’s visit.

“This is an exciting time,” Beckham said at a crowded news conference. “It’s something that we’re really looking forward to bringing to Miami.”

He was welcomed by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who pointed to five county commissioners in attendance as evidence that there is some political support for a new stadium.

“The world’s most popular sport is coming to the world’s hottest city,” Gimenez said. 

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Ed Jenkins

Once again the citizens welcome any new business and there are many new ones due to the business friendly environment in this state but they would like to remind this group that this is the wrong place to come if you are looking for taxpayer handouts for a stadium only you will profit from this includes below market deals on land sales or leases. We would recommend that these people not establish a soccer team here because this country has no interest in such a primitive sport as we have much more advanced sports here including football which evolved out of soccer because of this country's boredom with such a dull sport.

Jim Sorenson

Beckham's group of investors are looking for funding from the state of Florida for their new stadium that they want to locate at the Port of Miami on Miami-Dade County owned land.

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