British football legend David Beckham said that he will bring a team to play Major League Soccer to the city of Miami.
Beckham spoke to reporters alongside MLS commissioner Don Garber, who said Beckham and the league would work with Miami-Dade county to build a world-class downtown stadium for the new club.
"I wanted to create a team where we can start from scratch," Beckham said, explaining his decision to bring the expanding league's 22nd soccer club to Florida.
"I know there was a team here ten years ago that unfortunately folded, but I know that Miami is ready for football again," he said. "I wanted to create a team that would be very personal to me.
"We're planning to bring a team that will be a global team," he said, arguing that in the past ten years American soccer has made huge progress as both a sport and a business.
Beckham thanked Garber and Miami-Dade's Mayor Carlos Gimenez, and said he would not seek public funding for the team's stadium, having raised money from private partners.
Beckham, who reportedly paid a cut price of $25m for the franchise, said his wife and family would join him in Miami.
"This is going to be a people's team," he told a throng of media at an art museum in downtown Miami, as a helicopter and a small plane buzzed overhead.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star said he had high hopes for MLS, where he featured for LA Galaxy before retiring last year following a stint with Paris Saint-Germain.
"I've seen the change over the last ten years. I've seen the change in this league, the interest in this league," the 38-year-old said, as fans chanted his name.
"We want to bring some of the best football players in the world, great players, to this team. Players are already interested in coming to Miami.
"We are very excited about this project. Miami is a vibrant city and a city with a lot of passion. I know this city is ready for football, for soccer.
"I'm going to work hard to make this team very successful. It's an exciting time.
"We want to create a football club that is a people's football club. This is a dream... I've lived the dream."