Though no public money will pay to build the stadium, there will be public land rental terms, and at the state level -- will the team be eligible for a sales tax subsidy like other franchises? Miami business leaders among private soccer investors.

At Tuesday's invitation-only party at the Arsht Center, where Beckham and his group drummed up support for the team, there were other big names and star athletes.

Former Miami Heat player Alonzo Mourning said he was enthusiastic about the prospect of a major league soccer team. But he'll leave any financing of the project to others.

"No, I wouldn't be interested in partnering, but I'll definitely buy season tickets," Mourning said.

"I've seen the feeling (in Miami)," Beckham said. "I've seen the atmosphere around the city, especially being here for playoffs last year for the Heat, and I saw the passion of the people for the sport. Being welcomed into Miami is an unbelievable honor, so thank you to everybody."

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