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Beckham’s Miami venture on track

Miami – David Beckham has called a news conference for Wednesday to discuss his progress in trying to bring a Major League Soccer expansion team to Miami.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez also will attend the session. The league have discussed placing their next two expansion teams in Miami and Atlanta.

David Beckham has scouted sites for a soccer stadium in Miami and he is in the process of securing funding for operational costs for an MLS expansion team. Picture: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images/AFP. Credit: AFP

Expansion in Miami is contingent on securing a financing plan and location for a new stadium. Beckham has scouted possible sites and is seeking investors to assist with start-up costs such as stadium construction and player acquisitions.

Among those who might become involved is Beckham's friend LeBron James, who has had recent conversations with the retired football star about bringing a team to Miami.

“It's looking very promising,” James said on Monday. “Hopefully they can go in the right direction as we all planned. It's a great place for soccer.”

MLS's Miami Fusion played in Fort Lauderdale from 1998-01 before folding because of poor attendance. – Sapa-AP

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