David Beckham has suggested that Las Vegas would be a perfect city for Major League Soccer (MLS) to expand to. Beckham, who co-owns Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami, also known as Inter Miami CF, expressed his belief that Las Vegas would be an ideal location for the MLS to consider expansion. He highlighted the success of the NHL Vegas Golden Knights, which quickly gained popularity among locals and achieved significant success in their early years.
Beckham’s comments came during a visit to Las Vegas for the F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix. He emphasized that the arrival of Formula 1 in the city was a significant statement, marking an important step in establishing Las Vegas as a major sports market.
The city’s transformation into a sports hub was evident in recent years, with the arrival of teams such as the NHL’s Golden Knights and the relocation of the WNBA’s San Antonio Stars to become the Aces. Additionally, the NFL’s Oakland Raiders moved to Las Vegas, building the $1.9 billion Allegiant Stadium near the Strip.
Despite the city’s embrace of other sports teams, the Raiders have faced challenges in gaining local support. Issues such as poor performance on the field and off-field incidents involving players have contributed to a lack of enthusiasm among Las Vegas residents for the team. The attendance at Allegiant Stadium has also been lower than expected, with more visiting fans often filling the stands.
However, the arrival of the MLB Oakland A’s to Las Vegas indicates the continued interest in the city as a destination for professional sports teams. The relocation was approved by MLB owners, and the team plans to build a new stadium in place of the Tropicana.
Beckham’s endorsement of Las Vegas as a potential MLS expansion city aligns with previous statements made by MLS Commissioner Don Garber, who also expressed enthusiasm for the market. Although Las Vegas already has a professional soccer club, the Las Vegas Lights FC, which competes in the USL Championship league, the city’s potential as a home for an MLS franchise continues to be a topic of discussion within the soccer community.