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David Beckham reportedly looking to start MLS team in Miami

David-Beckham-Helps-Stranded-MotoristDavid Beckham has retired from playing soccer, but he intends to remain very involved with the sport. So involved, in fact, that the former English national team captain is reportedly looking to start his own Major League Soccer franchise in Miami.

The MLS has been looking to expand to 24 teams by 2020, and Beckham has reportedly considered locations including Montreal, Orlando and San Diego. He had the option of becoming an MLS owner written into his massive contract that he signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007, meaning he would pay less to start an expansion team than other owners would have to pay. According to The Telegraph, Beckham has settled on Miami.

“We know that Miami is one of the most passionate soccer markets in North America,” MLS executive vice president Dan Courtemanche told The Telegraph. “We have met with David Beckham regarding ownership of an expansion franchise, and we look forward to David one day owning an MLS club.”

Beckham is said to be looking for investors to help cover the costs of starting the franchise and building a stadium, though the team could begin playing its home games in an existing venue as early as 2016. Sun Life Stadium, the home of the Miami Dolphins, has been mentioned as a possibility.

[Related: Sir Alex Ferguson says David Beckham chose fame over his soccer career]

“I think Miami fans are very passionate about their sports and very passionate about winning,” Beckham said over the summer while visiting Sun Life Stadium. “It’s definitely exciting.”

Miami briefly played home to an MLS team from 1997 through 2001, but the franchise ultimately failed because of poor attendance. The MLS has yet to approve Beckham’s plans, though it would be tough to imagine the league blocking one of the world’s most recognizable sports icons from owning a team. If Beckham can’t make it work, no one can.

H/T Deadspin

Abby Wambach on being lesbian: I never felt like I was in a closet

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Abby Wambach was the subject of headlines when it was revealed that she married longtime girlfriend and current teammate Sarah Huffman in Hawaii earlier this month. Wambach and Huffman didn’t publicize their wedding, but they didn’t shy away from the attention once the story became news.

In an interview with ESPNW, Wambach revealed that she found the attention amusing because she has been comfortably “out” for a while and all her friends knew about her relationship with Huffman. She also explained why she never has made a big deal of her sexuality.

“I can’t speak for other people, but for me, I feel like gone are the days that you need to come out of a closet. I never felt like I was in a closet. I never did. I always felt comfortable with who I am and the decisions I made,” Wambach told ESPNW.

Wambach joined Athlete Ally over the summer, which is a group supporting gay athletes. Aside from that, she says she never felt the need to make huge statements about her sexual preference.

“I’ve never been asked a question in my soccer world about my relationship, rightfully so because it shouldn’t matter because it doesn’t have anything to do with soccer,” she added. “But I realize I’m a public figure and people are curious about my private life. I’m honestly not the kind of person who wants to step up to a podium, test the microphone and be like, ‘Hey, I’m homosexual and this is who I am, hear me roar.’ That’s not who I am.”

I think there are two aspects of her comments. One, Wambach isn’t out to make huge statements, which is fine. And two, this says a lot about the overall attitude and acceptance of gay athletes. Whether an athlete is gay or not shouldn’t be a big deal, just like it hasn’t been for Wambach, who was the 2012 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year. We should be at a point where whether an athlete is gay or not is inconsequential. It seems like Wambach has long felt that way, which has probably made her life very comfortable.

Sir Alex Ferguson: David Beckham chose fame over soccer career

David BeckhamFormer Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has written a new biography and questions former star player for the Red Devils David Beckham for choosing a life of fame over soccer.

“He lost the chance to become an absolute top-dog player. He wanted to give it all up for a new career, a new lifestyle, for stardom,” Ferguson says about Beckham, who left Old Trafford in 2003 to join Real Madrid, in his new book “Alex Ferguson: My Biography.”

Beckham was a Manchester United fan growing up and signed with them as a youth. He debuted with the team when he was 17 and played there from 1993-2003, but left after having problems with Ferguson.

After an FA Cup loss to Arsenal, Ferguson called out Beckham for failing to track back on a play that resulted in a goal. He kicked his boot at Beckham after the game and it hit the player above the eye.

Ferguson writes in the book that he was worried Beckham thought he had become bigger than the coach. Ferguson believes that if Beckham put soccer ahead of the fame, he could have been playing at Manchester United up until last year.

“He could still have been at Manchester United when I left.”

Instead, Becks left for Real Madrid from 2003-2007 and then played in MLS from 2007-2012. Now the 38-year-old is with Paris Saint-Germain.

Alex Morgan was stoked to meet Pau Gasol at the Olympics

Alex MorganAlex Morgan is one of the most famous female soccer players in the world. Most people would be super excited to meet her and consider that a dream. But even though she’s famous and one of the best soccer players in the world, she’s still a fan of some pro teams and athletes and can become a fan girl at times. Morgan says that happened to her at the 2012 Summer Games in London.

Morgan did an “AMA” Q&A session for Reddit on Monday when the subject came up.

Morgan was asked by a Reddit user “What celeb were you most surprised to meet or that recognized you?”

“I was really excited to meet Pau Gasol because I’m a big Lakers fan. I saw him in the cafeteria at the Olympics,” she answered.

Can you imagine that? A beautiful girl like Morgan going up to a gangly, kind of awkward Spanish basketball player and being all excited because she’s a big Lakers fan? What a sight that would have been. That should have been all Gasol’s honor.

Now you probably figure Morgan would have been most excited to meet Kobe Bryant, but they actually met at a charity soccer game in 2011. Morgan, by the way, is from Diamond Bar, Calif., which is about 20 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, where the Lakers play, which explains her ties to the team. Pau Gasol, celebrity among celebrities. Hopefully he didn’t make a Robert Griffin III mistake when he met her.

Harry Wilson’s Wales national team debut won his grandfather $200,000 on bet

Harry-Wilson-WalesHarry Wilson is a 16-year-old soccer star who made his international debut with the Wales national team on Tuesday. As a result, Wilson’s grandfather is $200,000 richer and able to retire a year earlier than expected.

Wilson’s grandfather, 62-year-old Peter Edwards, was so confident that his grandson would one day grow up to be a soccer star that he put his money where his mouth was 15 years ago — when Harry was still an infant. Edwards found a bookmaker in Wrexham to give him 2,500/1 odds that the 18-month-old Wilson would one day play for Wales. He placed a wager of 50 British pounds, or roughly $80.

On Tuesday, Wilson made his Wales debut in the 87th minute of a 1-1 draw.

“I was shattered because I had to wait for 85, 86 minutes before he came on and I was panicking because they’d already substituted twice, so I thought he wasn’t going to make it,” Edwards told BBC News. “But when he came on I had another glass of wine. (I was) a proud granddad first for sure. I told my wife at half-time that my pulse was 106 – I didn’t know whether that was good or bad.”

At 16 years and 207 days old, Wilson is the youngest player to ever take the pitch for Wales. Edwards said Wilson used to chase a soccer ball around the house when he could barely walk. He tried to place a second wager when Harry was 12 and enrolled in the Liverpool FC soccer academy, but the old man was turned away because of the substantial bet he already had pending.

We have told you about plenty of insane sports bets in the past, but this is easily one of the most unique. Plenty of grandparents have blind loyalty toward their grandchildren. Most of them aren’t rewarded for it with $200,000.

H/T Sports Grid via SI Hot Clicks

Alex Morgan owes Sydney Leroux cowboy boots over UCLA-Cal game

Alex-Morgan-Sydney-Leroux-bikinisUS women’s soccer stars Alex Morgan and Sydney Lerox are the best of friends. And what do best friends do when their alma maters square off in a big football game? They make friendly bets.

In this case, Morgan and Leroux decided to make a small wager on the UCLA-Cal game. Morgan went to Cal and Leroux went to UCLA. Assuming they hold to the bet, it would appear Morgan owes Leroux a pair of cowboy boots after the Bruins’ convincing 37-10 victory.

If you remember, Leroux also talked trash to Colin Kaepernick earlier this season after UCLA beat his alma mater, Nevada. Sydney is going to look pretty good in her ULCA jacket and cowboy boots.

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Panama newspaper prints F-bomb headline following loss to Mexico

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Panama’s World Cup hopes slipped away on Friday night when they lost a qualifying match to Mexico by a score of 2-1. Panama sent their home fans into a frenzy when they netted the equalizer in the 81st minute, but Mexico’s Raul Jimenez scored on a spectacular bicycle kick just four minutes later that proved to be the game winner.

The Spanish term for a bicycle kick is “chilena.” We’re telling you that to help you get a better understand of one of the most shocking newspaper headlines you will ever see. And now, we bring you an R-rated headline that a Panama newspaper printed after the heartbreaking loss.

As The Big Lead pointed out, that is not a photoshop job. Maybe the F-word doesn’t translate to Spanish the way we thought it did?

That is all.