And so, finally, David Beckham's moment has arrived.
Here in the City of Angels, the former England captain will be in a private version of footballing heaven as his Inter Miami Major League Soccer expansion team roll out for their first competitive match.
Last season's high-fliers Los Angeles FC are the opponents - and it could be a chastening afternoon for the MLS new-boys.
David Beckham's moment has finally arrived with his new MLS franchise set to make their bow
Inter Miami has been in the works for six years and finally Beckham will see his dream realised
Beckham won't care though.
This has been a serious labour of love for the former Manchester United midfielder who has seen six years pass since officially announcing he would exercise an agreement written into the contract signed in 2007 following his move from Real Madrid to LA Galaxy that, for just $25million (£19.5m), an MLS franchise could be his.
The project was almost doomed to failure with the inability to find a suitable stadium site almost killing the dream before it began.
Thankfully, with the introduction into the ownership group of local construction magnates the Mas brothers, all the political red-tape has been navigated. Well, for now at least.
The Englishman had trouble obtaining rights to build before Jorge Mas (left) offered support
With Mas' support, plans to move into a $1billion business park is now coming to fruition
Beckham will see his Inter Miami side start their first MLS campaign on Sunday against LAFC
The plans to move into a $1bn business park and sports complex remain in flux but are top of that particular agenda.
On Sunday night, however, Beckham can actually concentrate on the real reason he became involved in all of this.
To see a team of his own begin to make strides in MLS. To actually play football.
But, what can Leytonstone's finest expect?
'We are just thrilled to be at this point,' said Beckham earlier in the week, clearly enthused at the prospect of battles on the pitch, rather than the courtroom, to help occupy his time.
The first test, however, is seriously daunting.
Los Angeles FC present a daunting task for Beckham's newly formed side this weekend
LAFC are coached by former Swansea boss Bob Bradley and have the MLS' MVP, Carlos Vela
Waiting at the Banc of California stadium on Sunday night will be a goal-hungry Los Angeles FC, one of the most dangerous teams of the last campaign who won the Supporters Shield - given to the best record in the normal season - before falling short in the play-off's.
Bob Bradley, the former US coach, will want his men to start the 25th season of MLS with a bang.
Carlos Vela, formerly of Arsenal, scored 34 goals last year and was named the League's top player.
For Miami, with just two friendlies and some behind-closed-doors matches to use as preparation, this is a step into the unknown.
The Inter Miami squad's been assembled at a rapid speed and have spent two months together
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