David Beckham's MLS team, Inter Miami, plans to sign players this summer

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Published 1:07 p.m. ET May 8, 2019 | Updated 7:09 p.m. ET May 8, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The expansion Major League Soccer team owned in part by David Beckham plans to start signing players this summer and will select its first coach later this year.

Inter Miami, which says it will begin play in March 2020 and that an 18,000-seat stadium in Fort Lauderdale will be ready by then, has narrowed its coaching search to three finalists. Managing owner Jorge Mas declined to reveal names, and only suggested the hire would be done by September or October.

“They have international experience,” Mas said.

Beckham was not present Wednesday for what was billed as a demolition ceremony on the site of Lockhart Stadium, where Miami’s first MLS team played from 1998 through 2001. Team and local political officials even hit a “button” as if to trigger a detonation, though the only thing coming down Wednesday was a boarded-up ticket booth that was ripped apart by a backhoe.

David Beckham’s Miami MLS expansion team begins play in 2020. (Photo: Aaron Doster, USA TODAY Sports)

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