David Beckham Reportedly Lined Up as Miami MLS Franchise Owner

John Baines@@bainesyDiego10Correspondent IFebruary 19, 2013

Soccer superstar David Beckham is being lined up as a prospective owner of a new MLS franchise, according to reports in the Daily Mail.

Sportsmail suggests the MLS are planning to introduce two new franchises in Miami and New York, and Beckham is seen as the ideal ambassador for both clubs.

Beckham has recently called time on his playing career in the States, but part of the deal that took him to the L.A. Galaxy in 2007 included an agreement to become the owner of an MLS club.

The 37-year-old has recently signed a short-term playing contract with French Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint-Germain, but his future beyond the summer remains unclear.

The former England international may decide to continue his playing career once his spell in Paris has been completed, but with his days drawing to a close, the global icon could also opt to move "upstairs."

MLS commissioner Don Garber recently said a Miami franchise would "make sense," and certainly there would are few people that come with Beckham's profile to launch a new brand.

There has been no Florida-based MLS franchise since the Miami Fusion were taken out of the league in 2001, and the large Hispanic population around the area make it a conducive location in which to expand U.S. Soccer.

Once Beckham does decide to hang up his boots, it would seem unlikely the 115-cap England ace would move into management.

A managerial failure would not look good for "Brand Beckham" and a franchise ownership would be one way he could stay in the game without risking his reputation.

Beckham already has a number of Soccer Academies dotted around the globe and franchise ownership would provide the perfect opportunity to once again further his marketability and money-making prowess.

Using Beckham as a promotional vehicle to drive forward a newly established club would be a major feather in the cap of the MLS and U.S. Soccer, and one which already appears a logical solution once the ex-Galaxy star has called time on his playing days.

Any club affiliated with Beckham can immediately expect a huge promotional surge, and U.S. soccer fans should get used to the thought of a Beckham franchise coming soon.

Can you see David Beckham as an MLS franchise owner, and if so, what impact do you think his involvement will have on the game stateside?


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