Miami’s MLS franchise is still two years away, but David Beckham is still doing his best to leave his mark on the Miami soccer scene in the interim.
The international soccer phenom and face of Miami’s up-and-coming MLS franchise made his way out to a couple of high schools — Our Lady of Lourdes Academy and Palmer Trinity — on Friday to present their teams with soccer state championship trophies.
Beckham had previously reached out to the Lourdes team, leaving the team a message on its Instagram page last week ahead of its Class 5A girls’ soccer state championship match. He sent another message following a 1-0 win over Oviedo in DeLand. Palmer Trinity won the Class 1A boys’ soccer state championship on Feb. 22 with a 2-1 double overtime win over Maclay.
Beckham returned to Miami on Thursday to meet with his partners and continue working on the team’s plans regarding global and local branding, sponsorship, playing philosophy and more. He said he plans to be in town until Saturday.
MLS officially named Miami as the location for its 25th franchise on Jan. 29 after a four-year wait. The team is scheduled to begin playing in 2020 at a temporary site with the goal of having a permanent stadium ready by 2021. Overtown was the original site proposed for the new stadium, but partner Jorge Mas recently said the nine-acre site the Beckham group has secured might not be big enough to match the ever-evolving plans that the group is envisioning.