Soccer is growing in America and David Beckham is here for it. CNBC chatted with him right after he announced his ownership of the Miami expansion team.
MLS Team in Miami
MLS is headed to the Magic City. We crewed a two-man-crew in Miami for the announcement of the Major League Soccer expansion team led by David Beckham. Miami is more than ready for a soccer team, and Beckham and his partners (Simon Fuller, Marcelo Claure, Masayoshi Son, and Jorge and Jose Mas) are happy to bring it to them. They spoke to CNBC’s “Power Lunch” correspondents about the future of soccer in America and beyond. They believe themselves to be more than MLS - they are already thinking globally. The team is hoping to begin playing by 2020.
David Beckham has long been a global ambassador for soccer. He is easily the most recognizable name for the sport. He started his career at age 17 playing for Manchester United. He also played for Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, the England national team, and the LA Galaxy. He is the first English player to win league titles in four countries. He was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2008. He retired in 2013. The MLS has remained in his heart since retirement. He was happy to help grow the league as a player and is now ready to grow the league as an owner.
Future of Soccer in America
The future of soccer in America is bright. MLS has been expanding and plans to grow from 20 to 24 teams by 2020. The Los Angeles FC, Minnesota United FC, Atlanta United FC are some of the newest teams in the league. Now add Miami to the list. Some of the biggest players in soccer could spend their final years in the city. Neymar Jr. who plays forward for Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team has already said he will play for them. And Lionel Messi who plays forward for Barcelona and the Argentina national team has dabbled with the idea, too. Team name still pending.