There is still no name for the team or logo, while controversy over the building of a 25,000-seater stadium in Overtown, a deprived area of downtown Miami where Beckham's ownership group have purchased a plot of land which will eventually cost in excess of $25 million. A legal case against the sale of one part of the land remains ongoing and won't be settled until June. "This is a positive story," said Beckham when asked about appeasing those who are against his plans. "We want to be good neighbors."
Celebrities have been lining up to congratulate David Beckham on his Miami MLS franchise. Lionel Messi ✅ Neymar ✅ Usain Bolt ✅ Serena Williams ✅ Jay-Z ✅ Jennifer Lopez ✅ Will Smith ✅https://t.co/7vPSvyMUcV pic.twitter.com/NPLAZZsGYL— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) January 30, 2018
Yet Beckham knows about the importance of nurturing from within. The former Real Madrid midfielder was part of the famous "Class of 92" who came through the ranks at Manchester United and helped take the club on an unforgettable, trophy-laden journey under Sir Alex Ferguson.
David Beckham is bringing MLS back to Miami. At last. pic.twitter.com/eVbGrld1se— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) January 29, 2018
Beckham, along with Gary and Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs were the cream of United's crop and the new owner of the 25th MLS franchise wants to create something similar in Miami. "I have already had so many calls from top players and of course you need to bring some superstars in," said Beckham who stressed close friend Gary Neville wouldn't be considered for a managerial role because "he talks too much."
“It’s been an emotional journey … but it’s real, it’s happening,” says David Beckham after being awarded an @MLS franchise in Miami @futbolmiamimls Full story: https://t.co/dCHro3AMvT pic.twitter.com/Qde6RSHYJ2January 30, 2018
"We all came in during 1992 and were very successful. We were only successful because of the players we came in with - Roy Keane, Eric Cantona etc as well as a manager like Alex Ferguson. "That's where my experience comes in. I understand the academies where you save money - I am talking like an owner now! - and where you bring these talented kids through. "If you can do that it would be incredible.
David Beckham's MLS franchise is finally off the ground - and Usain Bolt wants to be their star striker!https://t.co/GQBO87QV2R— Goal (@goal) January 29, 2018
"The ownership group have made it clear, my role is to look for the right manager. It doesn't have to be a big name. I am not saying it's not going to be but I want to focus on the philosophy of the club and the team. "That's what I want to build towards." Naturally, Beckham will forever be associated with Old Trafford and though his eyes were firmly on his Miami prize, it was impossible for him to escape events closer to home.
David Beckham says the focus of his new Miami-based MLS team will be to nurture home-grown talent and create a world class academy pic.twitter.com/viuLk4EG0G— Sky News (@SkyNews) January 29, 2018