Sunday, 15 March 2020

Beckham's Inter Miami wait for MLS home debut


Beckham visits empty stadium as MLS club's home debut delayed


David Beckham's six-year wait to watch his Major League Soccer club make its home debut, which was to have ended on Saturday, has been extended by the league's coronavirus shutdown.

But that didn't stop him and his family from visiting Inter Miami's empty stadium on Saturday.


Beckham's club was to have hosted the Los Angeles Galaxy, the MLS club where the former England and Manchester United star played from 2007 through 2012, in its first match at its temporary home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


Instead, the entire league has joined all major North American sports leagues and shut down its season for 30 days due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

That left Inter Miami owner and president Beckham and his wife, Victoria, to take their four children to the empty venue and post a video on Instagram.

"Special day showing the family what we've built," Beckham posted as the camera made a 360-degree tour of empty Inter Miami Stadium while music of Spice Girls – his wife's former group – blared through the loudspeakers.

Inter Miami still seeks a first-ever MLS triumph, having lost 1-0 at Los Angeles FC on 1 March and 2-1 at DC United six days later.

Those matches culminated a wild six-year effort filled with setbacks and frustrations.

Beckham, 44, came to the United States in 2007, the global icon leaving Real Madrid for a deal with the Galaxy that included the option to buy an MLS expansion club at a discounted price.

After retiring in 2013, Beckham decided to exercise his option for an MLS expansion team in 2014 and sought to build a soccer-specific stadium in Miami.













https://supersport.com/football/news/200315_Beckham_visits_empty_stadium_as_MLS_clubs_home_debut_delayed

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