Is MLS returning to South Florida?

David Beckham spotted with Marcelo Claure; Carlos Gimenez offers thoughts on visit


MIAMI – Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez on Tuesday offered his thoughts on whether David Beckham's visit means Major League Soccer is returning to South Florida.

For days, cameras captured retired England national team player Beckham in Miami. He sat courtside at Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals with Miami-based, soccer-loving, Bolivian billionaire Marcelo Claure last week.

Members of MLSMiamiBid.com, a group dedicated to bringing MLS back to Miami, waited outside the AmericanAirlines Arena on Thursday to greet Beckham. The Miami Fusion F.C. played its last season in Fort Lauderdale in 2001.

Beckham toured Florida International University on Sunday. Gimenez also presented him with the key to the county.

"Hopefully, he'll bring Major League Soccer to Miami. I told him why it makes sense to bring Major League Soccer to Miami -- we're an international city, gateway to the Americas, and I also think he likes it so we'll see," said Gimenez.

Gimenez expects a decision from Beckham within the next two weeks.

Beckham is allowed now, per his MLS contract, to purchase an expansion franchise at a discount. He played professionally in England, Spain, the United States, Italy, and France.