Former England football captain, David Beckham, this week announced plans to establish a Major League Soccer franchise in Miami, but a new stadium remains an issue.

Both location and finance of a new arena are the big stumbling blocks to be overcome before his team can become the MLS' 22nd club.

Five possible sites have been identified for a 25,000-seater stadium, with Beckham's preference being in the southwest corner of PortMiami, making the venue accessible to the Miami Beach hotel district and within walking distance of the NBA's Miami Heat Arena.

As for financing, Beckham - who played for Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, AC Milan, LA Galaxy and Paris Saint Germain during his club career - has confirmed that no public money will be spent.

Despite exercising his $25 million option to create a new franchise, nothing will be made final until the team can secure a home ground, likely to be in time for the 2017 season. 

Posted on 05/02/2014