It has long been known that David Beckham would eventually exercise his option to establish an MLS franchise in the US, the only issue was when and where. Now that we know where, here are 11 things to expect from David Beckham's new Miami franchise.
We all know that David Beckham has settled on Miami as his choice of destination for his new MLS Franchise, but what he has yet to do is announce it publicly via a press conference. Expect Beckham to turn up in front of the world's press and announce that he is "taking his franchise to South Beach".
The Name Reveal
Being David Beckham, there will no doubt be an element of razzmatazz over the release of the official name of the Miami franchise. Expect the name to be hidden under a beany hat for a few days before finally being shared with the world as 'Miami Spice'
In order to break from tradition, to make a statement, and to combat the heat of South Beach, Florida, expect the Spice to wear a kit featuring a sarong and a tank top (tattoo sleeves are compulsory).
Free Treatment of Hair Injuries
Having hair trouble? Need some advice? Or even some treatment? One of Backham's first responsibilities in Miami will surely be to provide the squad with an onsite barber, which only opens at half-time during games.
Even the Miami Heat can't sell out a game, so in order to stop the club's falling attendances, and in the hope of taking them off the bottom of the MLS Eastern Conference, he'll make an ill-judged Michael Schumacher/Michael Jordan-esque comeback.
Bans football boots
Despite being a playing-member of the Miami Spice squad, D-Becks uses his authority to ban football boots due to his long standing fear of being hit in the face with one. One thinks the appointment of Roy Keane as manager may have had something to do with the decision.
Following a disappointing start to Miami's second season as a franchise, Keane is inevitably let go, with his lack of transfer market nous and knowledge of the draft system held up against him. Beckham takes it upon himself to steer the ship and becomes the new manager, retiring from playing for a second time.
The Marquee Signing
The Beckham rule was brought about for the man himself in 2007, and now utilizing the system, the new manager brings in Alessandro Nesta from Montral Impact, who has already publicly stated,
"Beckham is a big star. Everything he touches turns to gold. Now he [is to] build a new club in MLS, and for me it will be a big success: Miami is beautiful, the people are crazy about soccer - and he's David Beckham."
Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes are expected to soon follow.
Young Brooklyn Beckham is no longer so young, and is now 14 years old. B-Becks will surely make his bow in professional football under his father. The only problem is that he's not exactly the next Freddy Adu and David gets accused of nepotism, unprofessionalism and turning the club into a circus.
Speaking of which, with the move from Los Angeles to Miami, that means no more Kobe but a lot more LeBron. Expect to see King James and Beckham sharing a lot of photos together over the next couple of years. As well as the Miami Heat superstar, every golfer and tennis player (looking at you Rory McIlroy and Andy Murray) who owns a house in Florida will surely turn up at the new Miami Spice stadium in order to share some of that Beckham limelight.
The Beckham Experiment
Having experimented with playing again, as well as managing, Beckham realises that the future of the Spice is at stake and that he better leave the management to now retired MLS superstar, old friend, and unidentified fan, Robbie Keane, and he becomes a brand ambassador who spends a lot of time shaking hands with the big-wigs of MLS.
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