Football: Beckham's Miami dream three years away
MIAMI (AFP) - David Beckham's new team in Miami will not take to the pitch until at least 2017, the billionaire investor in the ambitious project says, dashing hopes of an earlier start.
Peruvian entrepreneur Marcelo Claure, a major partner in Beckham's move into football ownership, said there was simply too much to do in building a club from top to bottom.
There had been high hopes among Miami's football-starved community - which has not had a top-level soccer team for more than a decade - that the as-yet-unnamed franchise might be ready in 2016.
"Three years, three years, 2017. That's the idea if it all works out like we hope," said Claure, after Beckham confirmed football's worst-kept secret on Wednesday and said he was bringing football back to Miami.