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Beckham reaching for the stars as Miami boss

DAVID Beckham is bringing a Major League Soccer franchise to Miami.

The team will join the league in a few years, once a privately financed stadium is secured and built.

Beckham (38) becomes the first former MLS player to hold an ownership stake in a club.

"We're planning on bringing a team that is going to be a global team," he said.

"I'm committed to this league, and I've been committed to this sport for many years."

Beckham had a clause in his 2007 player contract with Los Angeles Galaxy that allowed him to buy an expansion team for a reduced price of $25m (€18.4m), the Miami Herald said.

The New York City Football Club, by comparison, which joins the league next year, was bought for a $100m (€73.8m) expansion fee.

The former England captain's investment group includes Bolivian-born Marcelo Claure, who is chairman and chief executive of Brightstar Corp, as well as British talent manager and television producer Simon Fuller, the creator of American Idol. A team name has not yet been chosen for the franchise.

Beckham retired from soccer last year, ending a 21-year career that included club titles in four countries.

"I've worked for some of the biggest clubs in the world, with some of the greatest players in the world, and this is a dream," he said.

During Beckham's six years with Galaxy from 2007 to 2012, the MLS added seven expansion teams and nine soccer stadiums.

AMBASSADOR

"Both as a player and an ambassador for Major League Soccer, David has had an incredibly powerful impact on our sport and our league," MLS commissioner Don Garber said.

"He proved to all those who questioned his move to Major League Soccer that he came here not to retire, but to inspire a generation of soccer fans to leave a lasting impact on the sport throughout our region."

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