Beckham wants to be player-coach in Miami

Fans looking west will see a postcard view of Downtown Miami. Stadium design by Kansas City's 360 Architecture.
Fans looking west will see a postcard view of Downtown Miami. Stadium design by Kansas City’s 360 Architecture.

David Beckham says he might come out of retirement and play soccer again.

The 39-year-old former England captain retired last year after a final stint at Paris Saint-Germain. He says in a BBC documentary he had a ”tough time” after he stopped playing.

England begins World Cup play in Brazil on June 14. Beckham traveled 800 miles into the Amazon rainforest for 12 days to make the documentary, which will be broadcast Monday.

Beckham is trying to launch a Major League Soccer team and build a stadium in Miami. He says ”there’s never been a player-owner, but maybe?”

He  gunning for a prime piece of Miami real estate on which to build a soccer stadium for his MLS expansion team — and to help smooth the way, his architects have released master plan renderings that make the location look pretty darn glamorous.

In fact, it is pretty darn glamorous, with jaw-dropping views of downtown from the island that makes up PortMiami and a central, urban location. Miami firm Arquitectonica’s renderings also show a hotel, retail space, tiered plaza, and a new public park built on an unused drawbridge.

If they can’t secure land at Por tMiami, Beckham and his investors — who have pledge to pay for the stadium themselves — will look to other sites around Miami, including land near Marlins Park that was originally slated for a soccer stadium.

Miami New Times reports that wherever the group currently called “Beckham Miami United” will build, it will likely be on county-owned land and therefore come with a request for a tax break. But the stadium may also come with a new home for the city’s beloved Hurricanes: the University of Miami is reportedly in talks to see if the stadium might be expanded to accomodate college football, too.