The Real Deal Miami

David Beckham gains support for Miami MLS team

David Beckham

David Beckham

Soccer legend David Beckham has the backing of Major League Soccer as he pushes to bring a new team to Miami.

MLS commissioner Don Garber confirmed that the league supports Beckham’s efforts to launch an expansion team in South Florida, the Sun-Sentinel reported. Beckham made another visit to the region last week to look at potential stadium locations. He has a $25 million option to buy a new MLS team that expires at the end of 2013.

Beckham’s chances for a Miami-based squad increased after Miami Heat superstar LeBron James acknowledged interest in getting involved as an investor.

South Florida’s previous attempt at MLS was the Fort Lauderdale-based Miami Fusion, which ran out of money and folded in 2001. [Sun-Sentinel]Eric Kalis