Paolo Maldini: Italian legend heads US franchise Miami FC

May 21, 2015 1310

The North American Soccer League (NASL) will expand in 2016, after Miami FC " co-owned by former Italy defender Paolo Maldini " was launched. Maldini, 46, has teamed up with president and co-owner Riccardo Silva to bring football to Miami, with the club to begin playing in the second-tier NASL next year, it was announced on Wednesday.

Miami FC, who will also compete in the US Open Cup, will play their home matches in one of city's "existing world class stadiums". Wednesday's news come as iconic ex-England international David Beckham has long been looking to launch an MLS franchise in Miami, though finding a location for a football-specific stadium has proved a stumbling block.

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