MIAMI -- Major League Soccer is coming back to Miami, with the face of the sport at the helm.
David Beckham has chosen Miami for his MLS franchise, the retired soccer superstar announced at a press conference Wednesday morning.
"For me, I wanted to create a team that we could start from scratch," Beckham said.
Beckham was joined by MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez for the 10 a.m. conference at Perez Art Museum Miami.
Beckham attended an invite-only reception at Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center Tuesday night, where he didn't divulge any details about bringing an MLS team to Miami but said he thinks Wednesday will be a good day for the city.
"I think everyone will be very happy with tomorrow, hopefully, and it's an exciting time for myself, an exciting time to be welcomed into a city like this, so yeah, tomorrow's going to be a good day," Beckham said.
Beckham has been leading the charge for an MLS franchise in Miami, after he was given the option to seek ownership of an expansion franchise at a lower rate than normal as part of his player contract while with the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Finding a stadium is something Beckham and his group of investors has been actively working on. The group has checked out Sun Life Stadium and Marlins Park along the way. They would prefer to build a privately funded stadium of their own if possible instead of renting out an existing building.
Gimenez was one of the notables who turned out for the event Tuesday night. Asked whether private funding was in place, the mayor responded, "Any stadium here in Miami-Dade County will be privately funded and if it's on our land, county land, then I expect a rent payment."
Miami has housed an MLS team in the past as the Miami Fusion played from 1998-2001 at Lockhart Stadium.
Beckham did say he already feels comfortable in Miami and is looking forward to spending more time in the Magic City.
"I feel at home already, and it's a special place," he said.