MIAMI – Former soccer star David Beckham and his partners will officially announce their new MLS franchise in Miami on Monday, a source familiar with the matter told Local 10 News.
The MLS board of governors recently approved a new ownership group that aims to celebrate the team's first game in a new Overtown stadium in 2020.
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and MLS Commissioner Don Garber are expected to be at Monday's event, as well as entrepreneurs Marcelo Claure and Jorge and Jose Mas, who are part of the ownership group.
The Mas brothers are the sons of Jorge Mas Canosa, who founded the Cuban-American National Foundation. Claure is the founder and CEO of Sprint.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez told Local 10 News reporter Glenna Milberg on Wednesday that he was asked to keep Monday open, but wouldn't confirm or deny whether a MLS team was officially coming to Miami.
"This may be the done deal of the franchise," Gimenez said. "In terms of everything else that has to happen, in terms of the stadium, etc., etc., there are things still that need to be ironed out, but I think this is the biggest hurdle that a franchise hopefully will be awarded to Miami. Like I said, I was asked to hold Monday open, so I'm holding Monday open."
On Monday, the team's name is expected to be revealed, as well as its official colors.