MIAMI (Reuters) – Retired England soccer star David Beckham has chosen Miami for a new U.S. Major League Soccer expansion team, a source familiar with the negotiations said on Tuesday.
he former England captain, who retired from football earlier this year, played in MLS with the L.A. Galaxy and his contract included an option to create a new team for $25 million.
He had been considering several locations and toured Miami this summer, meeting with city and county leaders.
Beckham was still putting together a team of investors, the source said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Beckham’s plans have yet to be officially announced.
His representatives are already looking at sites for a purpose-built football-only stadium, according to a well-placed source in Miami’s business community.
MLS confirmed it was in discussions with Beckham but declined to confirm if a deal had been struck.
(Reporting by Kevin Gray; Writing by David Adams; Editing by Gary Hill)