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An emotional David Beckham said Miami had made his “dream come true” after finally becoming a Major League Soccer team owner. The Miami MLS team plans to enter the US top-flight as its 25th team in two years.
The new club, which is yet to be named, was rubber-stamped by MLS 1,454 days after the former England captain arrived in Miami pledging to bring a professional team to the city. Now, with most of the hurdles cleared, MLS commissioner Don Garber has awarded Miami a franchise that will bring professional football back to the city for the first time since 2001.
Speaking to the UK media following the event, Beckham emphasized his http://www.officialcoltsfootballshop.com/Nike-Johnathan-Hankins-Jersey.html Miami team will seek to bring in top stars, but also http://www.vegasgoldenknightsofficialonline.com/Adidas-Reid-Duke-Jersey rely on an academy model to develop homegrown talent.
The former England captain expressed Greg Holland Jersey a desire to replicate the success of the ‘Class of ‘92’ – the group of young players who emerged to forge over a decade of success at Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson’s guidance.
“We want to reach for the stars, we want the best players in, but more importantly for us we want to create a state of the art academy where we have a hotbed of talent in this part of America,” he said. “If we get that right, that will make us and the people of Miami even more http://www.minnesotawildofficialonline.com/Adidas-Ryan-Suter-Jersey proud to support their team, because they’re seeing young kids, their sons, coming into this team and have the chance to play professional football.”
Monday’s announcement brings to a close a long saga during which failed stadium initiatives, local political maneuvering and a search for additional investment threatened to derail the project. A major breakthrough came last June, when the investment group secured the final three-acre plot of land necessary to build the new arena in the city’s Overtown district, describing it Womens Shawn Thornton Jersey last year as “the last chance to get a stadium or soccer team.”
The project remained on the verge of collapse until local construction magnates the Mas brothers, Jorge and José, joined the ownership group in December shortly after losing out on the bidding to buy the Miami Marlins baseball team.
“[The struggle to found the club] speaks to our desire to have an MLS team in Miami,” said Commissioner Garber. “This is a very important city in our country. It’s very culturally diverse, it’s got enormous energy and a Hispanic and Latino culture that really is one of the key demographic drivers in our country, which as you all know, is more important now than at any other time, in terms of what Rico Gathers Jersey that means politically.”
Beckham’s group has long http://www.seahawksofficialfootballonline.com/WOMENS_YOUTH_MALIK_MCDOWELL_JERSEY.html envisioned a European-style “walk to the match” in the historically African American neighbourhood, where there is still ardent opposition and an ongoing legal appeal. It’s a couple of miles away from the initially-proposed waterfront location next door to Kevin Labanc Youth jersey the NBA’s Miami Heat, but a world away in terms of the glamour originally sought by Beckham in 2014.
Beckham added: “I’m English, so I’m coming into this wanting to learn, but I want to be a good neighbour. I don’t want to have any problems and obviously we want to make people happy.”