David Beckham, to the delight of soccer fans in South Florida, is expected to confirm Wednesday that Major League Soccer will return to Miami, possibly as soon as 2016. Since the
Fort Lauderdale Miami Fusion closed up shop in 2001 due to a wide assortment of issues, including a lack of fan support, people in the area have been clamoring for a mulligan, hoping a team playing "the beautiful game" would once again call Miami home.
Fans have pointed out the sport's growth in America since 2001, the name recognition and excitement that would come along with having David Beckham as an owner, and the city's overwhelming support of international friendlies recently held at Sun Life Stadium as reasons we deserve another crack at owning an MLS franchise.
Thankfully, it seems Beckham and MLS Commissioner Don Garber agree it's time for soccer to return to the 305. Dust off your vuvuzelas, Miami. Soccer is back. The news was met with jubilation on Twitter. Fans instantly began speculating on the team name, stadium location, kit colors, and even how sweet it would be if U.S. National Team and Boca Raton resident Jozy Altidore joined the squad.
I guess if you're going to have an owner try to make MLS work in Miami, it might as well be David Beckham (not Ken Horowitz).— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) February 3, 2014
So happy @MLS is officially coming back to Miami. Thank you to all those putting money to give us fans a club to call our own.— David Ulloa (@dulloa23) February 4, 2014
As we build excitement to tomorrow's annoucement, it's important to look back... pic.twitter.com/KaaiqOri5A— Miami Soccer Corner (@SoccercornerMIA) February 4, 2014
IT'S OFFICIAL MLS TEAM IN MIAMI WOOOOOO THANK YOU BECKHAM ⚽️— Sarah (@sarahhhh012) February 3, 2014
If David Beckham pulls off his MLS franchise in Miami, I'll be a fan! Love that guy— Scott Johnson (@KingSMJ23) February 4, 2014
@MLS its about time!! First in line for season tickets!!— David Alderman (@David__Alderman) January 31, 2014
lebron + beckham = more reason to love #miami— des (@DesGomez) February 5, 2014
Miami had been awarded an MLS franchise! Thank you Mr. Beckham. It's been a long time coming. Happy Walter— Walter Diaz ⚽ (@moonman305) February 4, 2014
Thank you Beckham, I will now have another Miami team to root for ⚽️— Bianca Armand (@CallMeee_B) February 4, 2014
So hyped for this MLS soccer team Miami is finally getting. Already a fan of this team. Thank you Beckham!— Erik Joaquin™ (@WalkingLilly) February 3, 2014
Thank you Beckham bringing mls soccer back to Miami— Fly Emirates (@Adamtheboss) February 4, 2014