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David Beckham eager to start an MLS team in Miami

David Beckham eager to start an MLS team in Miami

Posted by Liliana Castaño on May 09, 2014

David Beckham vows to be a “150 percent” involved team owner whenever and wherever his Major League Soccer team kicks off in Miami.

He is eager to become an active member of the community and even looks forward to getting behind the wheel of a rental car and experiencing Miami traffic firsthand when he returns for a week-long visit in June.

“This is very personal to me,” he told the Miami Herald editorial board during an hour-and-a-half meeting Thursday. “In business, I don’t just give my name to something and say, ‘Do whatever you want.’ I am always 100 percent committed in every single way. I will be the face of this club for many, many years. I will be at almost every home game, maybe every game, and some away games as well.”

Beckham said owning a team in Miami has been his dream since he joined MLS seven years ago, and he plans to spend a lot of time here. He would like to get involved in local charities, and Wednesday night he attended an Overtown Youth Center event with former Heat great Alonzo Mourning.

“I’m here, personally, to give something back to a game I’ve loved for 22 years,” Beckham said. “People turn to me and say, ‘Why don’t you just go into management? Why don’t you coach?’ It would be a lot cheaper and a lot easier. But this is my passion.”

He said people questioned him when he came to MLS from Europe seven years ago, thought he was “taking the easy way out,” but he saw it as a chance to grow the sport in this country and leave a legacy behind.

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