David Beckham may be setting his sights on a new sports venture: a professional soccer team in Miami.
The newly retired Beckham toured Sun Life and Florida International University stadiums and met with Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez on Saturday.
''We're ready and we're excited about the possibility of having top-flight professional soccer back in Miami,'' Gimenez said. ''With people from all over the world living in our community, this is an ideal market for MLS and David Beckham is the right person to make it happen.''
Miami has had a Major League Soccer team before; the Miami Fusion held matches in Fort Lauderdale from 1998 to 2001, before shutting down because of poor attendance.
This time around, city officials hope a team would succeed.
''The whole community loves soccer down here,'' FIU Executive Director for Sports and Entertainment Pete Garcia said.
Garcia said university officials delivered a presentation to Beckham and Marcelo Claure, president and CEO of Br...