An MLS team in Miami with soccer legend David Beckham being a part of it is one step closer to reality, MLS Commissioner Don Garber said Wednesday.

At the news conference following the owners meeting in Chicago, Garber said Beckham and Los Angeles Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly met with MLS owners to present team vision and plans for a stadium for an expansion team in Miami.

“We are not announcing MLS Miami today,” Garber said. “But I am confident we’ll be able to do that by the end of the summer.”

It was the first time that Beckham and Boehly had met with the owners. Garber said their plan was well-received in the meeting. The owners voted to allow Garber and a committee of owners to finalize the deal.

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“We believe the time is right, finally, for Miami to become a great Major League Soccer city,” Garber said. “As we all know, Miami is one of the largest markets in North America. It’s a community that’s incredibly diverse. It’s passionate about the game, one just needs to see what happened last Saturday night (Real Madrid vs. Barcelona in the El Clásico).

“David has been spending a great deal of time over the last three years in particular, but five to six years prior to that working hard with his partner Simon Fuller to try to finalize this deal. They’ve committed an enormous amount of time and resources and everything really is in place for us to do what we need to do over the next couple of weeks, perhaps 30 days to work with them to move forward.”

Twelve other groups submitted bids to become one of the next four expansion cities, two of which will be selected by the end of the year, Garber said. Some possible markets in that 12 are Sacramento, Detroit, Cincinnati, Nashville, Charlotte, Raleigh and Tampa.