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David Beckham makes Miami MLS team official

February 05, 2014 03:45PM

Carlos Gimenez and David Beckham

Carlos Gimenez and David Beckham

A new Miami soccer stadium is in sight, even if the actual site isn’t. David Beckham officially agreed to buy a Major League Soccer expansion franchise that would be based in the city.

The former LA Galaxy star exercised the option in his contract to buy a stadium for $25 million. A team would play there as soon as 2016. Mayor Carlos Gimenez is in continued talks with Beckham and his team of investors – including Simon Fuller and Marcelo Claure – over the location of a proposed stadium. Negotiations are slated to run through late summer.

In December, Beckham was reportedly considering PortMiami as the stadium site. A group of commissioners gave initial approval to the PortMiami zoning district, which would allow private development on the seaport but does not include a sports stadium. [Miami Herald]Mark Maurer