Beckham to discuss effort to bring team to Miami

February 3, 2014 GMT

MIAMI (AP) — David Beckham will take part in a news conference Wednesday to discuss his progress in trying to bring a Major League Soccer expansion team to Miami.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez will also attend. The league hopes to place its next two expansion teams in Miami and Atlanta.

Expansion in Miami is contingent on securing a financing plan and location for a new stadium. Beckham has scouted possible sites and is seeking investors to assist with startup costs such as stadium construction and player acquisitions.

Among those who might become involved is Beckham’s good friend LeBron James. They’ve had discussions about bringing a team to Miami.

MLS’ Miami Fusion played in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. from 1998 to 2001.