Aside from the historical New York Cosmos, the LA Galaxy are probably the most well-known US-based football team.
David Beckham, Robbie Keane, and now Steven Gerrard have all seen the allure of plying their trade in sunny Los Angeles rather than cold and dreary England.
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Now it seems the franchise might cease to exist.
News coming out of the MLS this afternoon is that Beckham might solve his long running ‘Miami problem’ by simply buying the US’s most successful modern-era team and moving it across the country – like MK Dons, but more glamorous.
As strange as the idea sounds to European fans, to Americans the idea of a franchise system is normal. Teams in other American sports regularly move cities – normally in a bid to chase more money.
LA Lakers earned their name from Minnesota, their state of origin, and its famed bodies of water, while New Orleans Pelicans spent a spell in the last decade in Oklahoma City due to the damage done by Hurricane Katrina.
Now, Argentine publication Infobae says Beckham may elect to simply take the Galaxy to the east coast – meaning former England team-mate Steven Gerrard could end up playing in Florida instead of California.
David Beckham adquirió la franquicia del #Galaxy y lo llevará a Miami. La intensión del “Spice Boy” es que Román sea la cara del equipo.
— German Garcia (@GermanDeportes) January 19, 2015
— Juan Arango (@JuanG_Arango) January 19, 2015
The part about Riquelme that doesn’t exactly link up is the whole, David Beckham buys the Galaxy and moves them to Miami, part. Right?
— Corner Of The Galaxy (@GalaxyPodcast) January 19, 2015