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David Beckham's Miami Stadium Flop

He came, he went. A timeline of his flirtation with bringing soccer to the city.

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Oct. 2007
It’s reported that as part of his contract with Major League Soccer (MLS), Beckham gets an option to buy an expansion team for $25 million.

April 2013
Beckham holds discussions with MLS over potential expansion cities. Later, when he’s asked why he chose Miami, he replies, “I mean, why not?”

Feb. 2014
Beckham partners on the project with Amer­ican Idol’s Si­­mon Fuller and Bright­star CEO Mar­celo Claure, who float possible team names. Twit­ter favorite: Miami Vice.

May 2014
Team Beckham’s Plan A, a PortMiami­ stadium, is de­­feated in an 11–1 vote by Miami-Dade County com­mis­sioners. Plan B, a down­town sta­dium, is ve­­toed by the city of Miami.

June 2014
“We have always said there are other cities that would welcome an MLS club owned by David and his partners,” says Team Beckham, threatening to vacate Miami.

July 2014
MLS says awarding Beck­ham a team is con­tingent upon a stadium. Meanwhile, coinvestor Claure becomes Sprint’s CEO and moves to Kansas City. Upside: Sprint Stadium?

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