Beckham set to launch long-sought Miami MLS club

first_imgThe team is expected to begin MLS play in 2020 at a 25,000-seat stadium to be built in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood.Just over 11 years after announcing he would leave Real Madrid for the MLS Los Angeles Galaxy in a deal that included the chance to purchase an expansion team at a reduced rate, Beckham will make good on plans he first announced in February 2014.Several failed stadium sites delayed his consortium’s efforts, other MLS teams making their debuts while Beckham struggled to get his off the ground, unable to find an agreeable place for a specially built venue.The group edged closer to success last year after securing a land deal for a proposed stadium project, waterfront sites and others near the Miami Marlins baseball stadium and NBA Miami Heat arena having earlier fallen though.MLS Commissioner Don Garber said last month the Miami franchise project was “the most complicated situation in any market that we’ve experienced” because of the Miami area political structure and fast-changing real estate environment.Launch of the new Beckham-backed team will mark the second attempt to start a Miami-based MLS franchise.The Miami Fusion, which made their debut in the 1998 MLS season, played for four seasons before being cut from the league after the 2001 campaign amid low ticket sales and the lowest revenues of any team in the competition.Beckham, 42, retired in 2013 after a 20-year career that saw him win league crowns with Manchester United in England, Real Madrid in Spain, the Galaxy in North America and Paris Saint-Germain in his farewell matches.He also played for England from 1996 to 2009, winning 115 caps.His five-year stint in MLS with the Galaxy boosted football’s profile in North America and contributed to the steady growth in attendances across the MLS.When Beckham arrived in 2007, average attendances through the league were 16,770; when he ended his five-year stint they had increased to 18,807 per game. By 2017, that number had increased to 22,113.Beckham’s move to MLS was also followed by several high-profile European stars nearing the end of their careers.England teammates Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard both later moved to MLS, along with Italy’s Andrea Pirlo and Spanish striker David Villa.Announcing plans for his Miami team four years ago, Beckham said he had already identified players who he hoped to lure to Florida.“It would be disrespectful for me to say what players I want in the team. But we have a list of players,” Beckham said in 2014.“I’ve been fortunate to play with some of the best players in the world and some of them are calling me up to ask me when Miami is happening.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000David Beckham, pictured in 2017, will make good on plans for an expansion team that he announced in February 2014 © AFP/File / Toru YAMANAKAMIAMI, United States, Jan 28 – Former England captain David Beckham will unveil his long-sought Major League Soccer expansion team at a Monday news conference in Miami, bringing a conclusion to a turmoil-filled four-year quest.MLS announced Friday it will “make a major announcement regarding the future of soccer in Miami” on Monday, inviting ticketed members of the public to what is expected to be the announcement of a 25th league club.last_img read more

DONEGAL’S LISA CROWNED NATIONAL CHAMPION

first_imgLISA: NATIONAL CHAMPBy Orla O’Reilly: National Championship for Ramelton RiderThere was an air of anticipation as the riders and judges gathered in the indoor arena of the legendary Stradbally Hall, Co Laois, for the rider’s briefing of this year’s Trec Ireland National Championships. Traceur, Adrian Flynn and Technical Delegate, Karen Nicholson laid down the ground rules and the guidelines for all three phases of the competition. Riders from across Ireland and Britain were informed that they would start their competition in a map room at Leech’s pub of Wolfhill and the level 3 and 4 competitors would navigate their way 30 kilometres across country back to the estate.It was late afternoon on Saturday before the last riders were welcomed over the finish line by judges, Grainne Ni Uid and Adele O’Connor. At the end of this orienteering phase, Donegal rider, Lisa Moore lay in 3rd place behind senior rider Elaine Waters and Leinster’s Rohan Madhaven. Sunday morning brought an early start for competitors with a vetting inspection before riders could progress to the second and third phase of the competition. Course designer, Adrian Flynn took full advantage of the beautiful parklands to produce a fast and exciting obstacle phase that saw riders taking on challenging but straight forward cross country jumps in combination with the more technical Trec style ones. The course flowed over almost 3 kilometres and the riders were required to attack the course to avoid time penalties. With a gap to catch the leaders, Moore and her cracking pony, Jo Dazzler combined bravery and accuracy to gain high scoring in both the PTV (cross county obstacles) and MA (control of paces) tests.The hard work paid off and the announcement of Lisa Moore as National Champion (Level 3) gained rapturous applause at the presentation in the lawns of the majestic Stradbally Hall. She was also presented with the Grangeclare Perpetual Cup, presented to the highest scoring Irish rider in each grade.Trec Ireland will like to thank all who made the staging of this championship possible, sponsors, Horse First, the volunteers who came to judge and help, to vet Kate Murray, farrier Finian Carroll and all of Leinster Trec who hosted the event.With the national championships over, attentions now turn to the World Championships in Bolognia, Italy at the start of September. Six young riders have been selected to represent Ireland, Donegal’s Lisa Moore, Rohan Madavan, Katie Smith and Edward Coyle from Leinster, Cork rider Annie O’Neill and Athlone based Kirsten McCormack. As preparations for the event continues, the riders would like to thank all who have supported their efforts in fund raising and training for the championships. Thank you to all who have offered sponsorship and sent messages of support. If you would like to help the team in any way, please contact pro@trecireland.com  DONEGAL’S LISA CROWNED NATIONAL CHAMPION was last modified: August 2nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Lisa MooreNational ChampionRameltonlast_img read more