Major League Soccer will approve the David Beckham-backed Miami franchise "in the coming months".

The announcement comes three years after the former England captain exercised an option in his LA Galaxy contract to own a franchise.

Having won a court battle over the purchase of land for a 25,000-seater stadium, Beckham's group can proceed with becoming an MLS expansion team.

The league is planning to increase the number of teams from 22 to 28.

It added Minnesota United and Atlanta United in 2017 with Los Angeles FC set to join city-rivals Galaxy in 2018.

There are also 12 groups competing for four more spots in the MLS. A decision on who two of the newcomers will be is expected in December.