In January, Major League Soccer announced that Miami will be home to the league’s 25th franchise. The team’s ownership group includes stalwarts such as soccer legend David Beckham, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure, and Masa Son, Founder and CEO of SoftBank.
The expansion announcement was over a decade in the making. In 2007, Beckham secured in his initial contract with the LA Galaxy the right to own a MLS club after retiring. He exercised that option in 2014, and almost four more years later, he and his ownership group finally have a privately-developed stadium deal in place, and now a team to play on its pitch.
Miami will begin competing in MLS in 2020. It will play that inaugural season in a temporary venue before moving into a new, permanent 25,000-seat stadium, designed by Populous, in 2021.