David Beckham launches Major League Soccer expansion franchise in Miami

David Beckham says he is “excited for the future” after finally launching his Major League Soccer franchise in Miami on Monday.

Beckham confirmed his long-awaited expansion franchise at a press conference on Monday alongside MLS commissioner Don Garber.

The former England captain included an option to purchase an MLS franchise in his contract when he first joined LA Galaxy in 2007, and officially announced his intention to found a team in Miami in 2014.

However, the venture to take a team to the city was hampered for a number of years by the need to identify a suitable location for a stadium.

Beckham admits the protracted saga caused him “slight pain” over the course of the last four years but he is now looking forward to a new chapter in Florida.

“It has definitely been years in the making,” said Beckham. “I have definitely got a lot older and greyer since the first announcement four years ago.

“It is an exciting time to become an owner, along with the other owners we have with the team – it is very special.

“We have had a few bumps in the road, which is normal in business. Nothing is smooth sailing but sometimes you have to go through times like this to actually feel more rewarded at the end of it.

“If I hadn’t gone through four years of slight pain, at times, then I wouldn’t have met the ownership group that we have.

“Good things comes to those who wait.”

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