Everywhere he goes, people know who is.
But right now, everywhere David Beckham goes, he is asked about the progress of his Major League Soccer franchise in Miami. Or at least, that’s the way it seems.
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On Sunday Beckham, 39, took in the annual BAFTA awards ceremony in central London and a journalist from the BBC snagged the English national team legend on the red carpet to chat about the delays plaguing his proposed MLS franchise in Miami.
Asked what the latest was, here’s what Beckham had to say.
“Miami obviously doesn’t have a stadium at the moment. We will continue to work hard on that. We are making some really good progress and some really positive progress,” Beckham said. “At some point in the next couple of months there will be some announcements. It’s hard work, of course, but nothing in life is easy. We are focusing on that and will announce it when we are ready.”
The reporter then asked Beckham if he was frustrated by the situation playing out in Miami.
“Delays are always frustrating but to get it right, sometimes there are delays,” Beckham added. “We will get it right and it will happen. It has taken a little bit longer than we thought but it will happen.”
To date Beckham has had two concrete stadium proposals turned down by the City Councillors at the PortMiami and Museum Park sites and MLS Commissioner Don Garber hasn’t helped matters by stating that unless a downtown stadium site is secured, “MLS will not be moving to Miami.”
A recent olive branch was handed out to Beckham and his consortium, which includes Bolivian billionaire Marcelo Claure among others, as the Mayor of Miami and the council have reportedly offered up FIU’s football stadium (located 15 miles west of downtown Miami) as a temporary home for the franchise while the specifics on a permanent home continue to get ironed out. Is that the announcement Becks talked about “in the next few months” on the red carpet in London?
Time isn’t running out for MLS in Miami, but the clock is certainly ticking as other potential expansion cities in Sacramento, Minneapolis and Las Vegas motor on with stadium plans.