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Patrick Vieira confirmed as new Nice coach after leaving MLS club New York City F.C

Patrick Vieira has been confirmed as Nice manager Credit: PA

Ligue 1 club Nice have confirmed Patrick Vieira has been appointed as their new coach after he departed New York City F.C

Beckham granted licence for MLS franchise in Miami

David Beckham has been working on launching his MLS franchise for several years. Credit: PA

Miami has been granted a Major League Soccer franchise, to be part-owned by David Beckham, MLS commissioner Don Garber has announced.

The long-awaited launch brings to a close years of planning for Beckham's ownership group after they struggled to find a location for a new stadium.

The 42-year-old exercised his option to purchase an MLS expansion team in 2014 after joining Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007.

The press conference took place at Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center and members of Beckham's ownership group were also be present.

The announcement takes the number of teams in the league to 25, with Los Angeles FC and Nashville taking up 23rd and 24th places respectively.

The former Manchester United star promised to bring the world's top players to Miami in 2014, saying he would make a global football team "loved by millions of people".

Beckham to launch MLS franchise in Miami today

David Beckham has been working on launching his MLS franchise for several years. Credit: PA

David Beckham will be present for an announcement in Miami on Monday where his Major League Soccer franchise is expected to be revealed.

A press release from the league said "an important announcement on the future of soccer in Miami" would be made.

The former England captain will be joined at the event by MLS commissioner Don Garber.

The long-awaited launch is set to bring to a close years of planning for Beckham's ownership group after they struggled to find a location for a new stadium.

The 42-year-old exercised his option to purchase an MLS expansion team in 2014 after joining Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007.

The press conference will take place at Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center and members of Beckham's ownership group will also be present.

The announcement will take the number of teams in the league to 25, with Los Angeles FC and Nashville taking up 23rd and 24th places respectively.

The former Manchester United star promised to bring the world's top players to Miami in 2014, saying he would make a global football team "loved by millions of people".

Friedel takes charge of MLS side New England Revolution

Friedel had been coaching the USA U19 side before accepting this new role. Credit: PA

Former Blackburn and Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel has been named as the new head coach of the New England Revolution.

Friedel, who also had spells at Liverpool and Tottenham in a Premier League career spanning almost two decades, had been coaching the United States' under-19 team prior to accepting the challenge with the Major League Soccer team.

Friedel said: "My staff and I are delighted and honoured to have been hired by the New England Revolution.

"I can guarantee that we, the staff and players, will give 100 percent commitment to the club and our fans while looking forward to all the challenges ahead. We can't wait to get started right away building this club for the 2018 season."

The 46-year-old Friedel played in three World Cups for his country, including all five games when the United States reached the quarter-finals in 2002.

Friedel also made 450 appearances in the Premier League before announcing his retirement upon leaving Tottenham at the end of the 2014/15 season.

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Drogba joins Phoenix Rising as player and executive

Drogba left MLS side Montreal Impact in December after scoring 21 goals in 33 appearances. Credit: PA

Former Chelsea and Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba has joined United Soccer League side Phoenix Rising as a player and executive.

Phoenix currently play in the second tier of US soccer, but as part of his executive role Drogba will be charged with helping the franchise secure one of four Major League Soccer expansion places.

I have taken my time in deciding what I wanted to do next and am really excited about the opportunity at Phoenix Rising FC.

After seeing first hand the potential for expansion of the sport in North America and getting to know the ownership group in Phoenix, I am convinced that I can help them develop their organization on and off the pitch.

I look forward to their continued success in the USL, and no city is better positioned than Phoenix for expansion into the MLS.

– Drogba to Phoenix Rising's official website

Lampard booed as New York City season debut ends in 7-0 defeat

Frank Lampard in New York. Credit: PA

Frank Lampard made his long-awaited season debut for New York City following an injury lay-off, but his first experience of a derby Stateside couldn't have gone much worse, as the New York Red Bulls thrashed City FC 7-0 at Yankee Stadium.

Bradley Wright-Phillips and Dax McCarty each scored twice before Alex Muyl, Gonzalo Veron and Gideon Bash ran up the score to match the largest margin of victory in MLS history.

Lampard, 37, who joined New York City last year, earns $6,000,000 (£4,108,660) – more than all of the Red Bulls team combined. Sections of the City home support booed him when he entered the fray.

MLS backs Beckham's Miami venue

David Beckham. Credit: PA

Major League Soccer has given its backing to David Beckham's proposed stadium site for his planned expansion team in Miami.

Earlier this week, Beckham's team of investors acquired land in Miami's Overtown neighbourhood after more than a year searching for a viable home for the team - with three previous plans coming to nothing.

In order to go ahead with development, Beckham needed the approval of MLS and got that on Saturday night following a meeting of the league's Board of Governors on the eve of the MLS Cup final.

"We are very supportive of Miami Beckham United's plans to locate their stadium in the City of Miami's Overtown neighbourhood," said MLS commissioner Don Garber in a statement.

"Their vision for a world-class venue within the urban core that is accessible by mass transportation is impressive, and we believe it will be an important part of the continued revitalisation of the area.

"We look forward to working with David and his partners to finalise plans to bring Major League Soccer to Miami."

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