MIAMI GARDENS (CBSMiami) — Florida Memorial University’s soccer team got quite the surprise when soccer star David Beckham visited during an afternoon scrimmage in Miami Gardens on Wednesday.

“I was thrilled to see him in person and here at FMU,” exclaimed soccer player Francisco Allegro.

Beckham visited the university and was greeted by University President Dr.  Roslyn Artis.

The two met for a brief, private meeting in which they discussed South Florida and Beckham’s upcoming plans to bring MLS soccer to the community.

“I am so pleased that Mr. Beckham took the time to come on campus and see what our University is about,” said Dr. Artis.

Dr. Artis also told Beckham about some of the University’s history and discussed their upcoming development plans.

On Tuesday, Beckham was in the Capitol making a pitch for sports stadium tax breaks. He met with various officials including Governor Rick Scott, House Speaker Will Weatherford, and Senate President Don Gaetz. Beckham said he received no assurances from lawmakers about adding his yet-to-be-built stadium to the professional sports stadiums that receive sales tax rebates.

On Monday, Beckham’s investment group unveiled concept designs for an open-air stadium at PortMiami which includes views of the downtown skyline and bayfront.

As for a name for the MLS team, Beckham said Monday that he has several ideas, but doesn’t plan to make those names public for another month or two.


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