Beckham meets MLS chiefs over franchise ownership

The former England captain has reportedly chosen Miami as his preferred destination for an expansion team, with the MLS executive vice-president confirming talks have taken place
David Beckham is considering Miami as a base for his new MLS franchise, according to league vice-president Dan Courtmanche.

Since retiring from football, the former England captain has activated a clause in his LA Galaxy contract to buy a franchise for $25 million [£15.5m].

And Courtmanche has revealed that he met with Beckham recently over possible destinations for his new venture, and hinted at interest in Miami.

"We know that Miami is one of the most passionate soccer markets in North America," Courtemanche told the Associated Press.

"We have met with David Beckham regarding ownership of an expansion team, and we look forward to David one day owning an MLS club."

Miami has previously hosted a MLS franchise - The Miami Fusion - between 1998 and 2001 before low attendances forced its closure.

Beckham has since confirmed his intention to launch his own Major League Soccer franchise, though admits there will difficulties.

Speaking at the launch of his new autobiography, Beckham said: "It is hard to start a new team but I want to bring a certain amount of history to my MLS team."