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David Beckham wants everything 'top notch' for Miami MLS team

By Evan Hilbert |

David Beckham discussed his plans for a soccer franchise in Miami.
David Beckham discussed his plans for a soccer franchise in Miami. (Getty Images)

The wheels are certainly in motion for David Beckham's plan to bring a Major League Soccer team to Miami, and that was evident Wednesday at a press conference featuring the former soccer star, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, and the MLS commissioner Don Garber.

Beckham, 39, says he plans to start from the bottom and build up.

"I wanted to create a team from scratch," Beckham said, according to USA Today. "I want everything to be top notch. From the players to the coaches to the background staff."

And good thing he plans to start from scratch, since the deal with the MLS is contingent on Beckham and his associates raising enough private funding to build a stadium.

"We will fund the stadium," Beckham said, according to the paper. "And we'd like it to be downtown. Soccer fans love to walk to games, that's part of the tradition."

It was reported Monday that Beckham has his eye on some waterfront land, but Wednesday's announcement offered only few specifics with regard to the stadium's location.

The team won't start competing until 2016 at the earliest, but Beckham was sure to point out he was all-in.

"I'm going to work hard for this city and this team," he said. "Everything I do is personal, and I want to make this my team."

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