David Beckham interested in new MLS franchise in Miami

By Mike Singer | CBSSports.com

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David Beckham is considering bringing an MLS franchise to Miami. (USATSI)

Recently retired soccer star David Beckham is already delving into the business side of the sport.

Beckham was intrigued by the prospect of bringing an MLS franchise to Florida as he toured two different potential stadiums on Saturday and met with a host of political leaders.

“I think bringing an MLS team here to South Florida would be exciting,” he told CBS4 news. “I think Miami fans are very passionate about their sports and very passionate about winning.”

Beckham, accompanied by billionaire Marcelo Claure, visited Sun Life Stadium in Miami, which seats 75,000, as well as the 20,000-seat football stadium at Florida International University, according to Reuters.

He also met with Miami-Dade County mayor Carlos Gimenez as well as Jose Sotolongo, the executive director of the Miami-Dade Sports Commission.

“We know that our community can support not only the international soccer [friendlies] that have been coming to Miami for a while now, but that it would support an MLS franchise,” Sotolongo said. “The city of Miami has a very international fan base and a very soccer-savvy fan base.”

Beckham, who won back-to-back titles with the LA Galaxy, had a clause in his contract giving him the option of starting a new MLS team for $25 million.

Miami isn't the only location Beckham is considering.

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