At long last: Beckham's MLS team in Miami is born

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At long last: Beckham's MLS team in Miami is born
Soccer fans celebrate before an announcement by Major League Soccer that an MLS expansion team is coming to Miami, backed by David Beckham and investors, Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI (AP) — David Beckham finally has his Major League Soccer team in Miami.

Beckham and MLS announced Monday that the long-awaited franchise is now born. It took Beckham nearly four years to bring the team to Miami.

The Miami area had an MLS team from 1998 through 2001. It folded because of poor attendance.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber says “great things come to those that wait.” He says Miami fans have been emailing him for 10 years with hopes of MLS coming back to South Florida.

It has been a long road just to get to this point. In the beginning of his Beckham-Miami plan, some people involved in the talks predicted that the team would begin play in 2017.