David Beckham's dream of owning an MLS franchise in Miami moved a step closer to reality on Tuesday.
Miami-Dade commissioners voted 9-4 to sell a three-acre parcel of land to Beckham that will allow him and his partners to build a soccer stadium in Overtown.
"We should be playing soccer by 2020," said Tim Leiweke, one of Beckham's partners, after the vote.
The purchase price is just over $9 million.
A county-owned truck depot currently sits on the site on the corner of Northwest 6th Street and 6th Avenue.
The entire 25,000-seat stadium project will take up nine acres at the location.
"I firmly believe that the sale of this property, as well as the subsequent soccer stadium, will leave a lasting positive impact on the community." said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez.
Commissioners Daniella Levine Cava, Jean Monestime, Javier Souto and Bruno Barreiro all voted against the recommendation.
Despite Tuesday's win, the Beckham group must still get zoning approval to build any stadium.
Even with his status as a soccer icon, Beckham has struggled to find a location for his prospective MLS franchise. Over the years, Beckham's desires to place his stadium in Downtown Miami, the Port of Miami and next to Marlins Park have all been dashed.