Inter Miami CF

Inter Miami
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Full name Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami
Founded January 28, 2018; 18 months ago (2018-01-28)
Stadium New Fort Lauderdale Stadium
Capacity 18,000
Owners David Beckham

Marcelo Claure

Jorge and Jose Mas

Masayoshi Son
President David Beckham
League Major League Soccer
Website Club website

Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami, referred to as Inter Miami CF or Inter Miami, is a professional soccer expansion team to be based in Miami, Florida.[1] The team is due to begin play in Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2020, with its permanent home stadium opening a season or two later pending final decisions about financing and location.[2]

The ownership group, formed in 2013 as Miami Beckham United, now works through Miami Freedom Park LLC.[3] The group is led by Miami-based Bolivian businessman Marcelo Claure,[4] while Masayoshi Son and brothers Jorge and Jose Mas were added to the ownership group in 2017.[5] The effort originated in a contract David Beckham signed with MLS in 2007; he joined LA Galaxy and negotiated an option to own an expansion team at a discounted franchise fee.[3]

MLS awarded the group an expansion team on January 29, 2018.[6][7] The announcement represented part of a larger MLS expansion that would increase its number of teams to 26 by 2020 and 30 after that. Since Beckham's original announcement of his intention to place a team in Miami in 2014, Orlando City, New York City FC, Atlanta United, Minnesota United, Los Angeles FC, and FC Cincinnati have all begun MLS play.

A November 2018 referendum saw roughly 60% of city voters approving a measure to convert a city-owned golf course near the international airport into Inter Miami CF's new stadium, Miami Freedom Park.[8]

Colors and badge [ edit ]

The Miami Beckham United group unveiled the team's name and colors on September 5, 2018. The name was announced as Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami (Inter Miami CF). The crest, designed in style and colors that recall the city's Art Deco architectural tradition, displays two great white herons with interlocking legs forming a letter M. Between the herons is an eclipse, the sun bearing seven rays in an homage to the number Beckham often wore as a player.[1][9] The team colors are black, pink, and white.[10] The full achievement displays the team name encircling all with the roman numerals MMXX representing the year 2020, the planned inaugural season of play.[11]

The identity of the birds in the crest the subject of debate after its announcement and unveiling, with some speculating them to be flamingos and egrets.[12]

History [ edit ]

In November 2012, MLS commissioner Don Garber confirmed the league's renewed interest in placing an expansion franchise in Miami,[13] after the Miami Fusion folded following the 2001 season and an expansion bid led by Claure and FC Barcelona failed in 2009.[14]

When Beckham, who had received an option to purchase an expansion team at a price of $25 million when he joined the league in 2007,[15] ended his playing career in April 2013, the league held preliminary discussions with Beckham's advisers about several expansion targets, including Miami.[16] That same year, other investors, including Italian financier Alessandro Butini[17] and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen M. Ross expressed interest in owning a Miami franchise as well.[18]

In his December 2013 State of the League address, Garber identified Beckham and Simon Fuller as potential owners in Miami.[19] Later that month, on December 17, Miami-Dade County commissioners voted unanimously to allow Mayor Carlos A. Giménez to negotiate with the Beckham-led group on a new stadium in downtown Miami.[20]

The league announced that Beckham exercised his option on February 5, 2014,[21] and that Miami Beckham United,[22] the investment group led by Beckham, Fuller and Claure, would own an expansion franchise in Miami, assuming that financing for a stadium could be agreed upon.[23] In presentations to officials and potential investors, the ownership group used "Miami Vice" and "Miami Current" as working titles for the club.[24] After its initial stadium proposals fell through, Commissioner Garber reiterated in August 2014 that the expansion would not be approved until a downtown stadium plan was secured.[25] Beckham bought Fuller out in May 2019.[26]

On January 29, 2018, the Miami Beckham United group, four years after the ownership's original announcement of pursuing a team, was awarded the twenty-fifth MLS franchise and will launch in the 2020 season. Paul McDonough was hired as sporting director effective August 4.[27]

The team's ownership now operates through Miami Freedom Park LLC.[3] Some graphics used by the group have evoked the Freedom Tower, a city landmark.[28]

Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami, or Inter Miami CF for short, was announced as the club's name on September 5, 2018.[29] In April 2019 Italian club Inter Milan claimed trademark rights to the 'Inter' prefix.[30]

Stadium [ edit ]

Current plans are for the team to begin play by 2020. They will play in Fort Lauderdale until their new stadium, to be known as Miami Freedom Park, is completed in 2022.[28][31] The current proposal is for a 25,000-seat stadium that would form part of Freedom Park, a mixed-use complex on the present site of the city-owned Melreese Country Club near the Miami International Airport. Approval for construction of the stadium depended on the outcome of a public referendum held on November 6, 2018.[32] The result of the referendum had roughly 60% of voters approving the measure to convert the city-owned golf course into Miami Freedom Park.[8]

The proposed development, to be built on 131-acre (53 ha) public land, will include 1,000,000 square feet (93,000 m2) of office, retail and commercial space, 750 hotel rooms, 23 acres (9.3 ha) of public soccer fields in addition to the 10.5-acre (4.2 ha) stadium, and the remaining 58 acres (23 ha) will be a public park. The owners will also make annual installments of $20 million for 30 years for improvements to public parks across the city.[33] The agreement still requires the approval of a four-vote supermajority of the five City of Miami commissioners. The plan had faced opposition from supporters of the golf club and many details, such as fiscal responsibility for toxic incinerator ash in the soil, remain to be worked out.[34]

The decision follows a lengthy exploration of options.[35] Some locations that had been considered included: Dodge Island at PortMiami (2013), the Downtown Miami waterfront at Museum Park (2014),[36][37] a site adjacent to MLB's Marlins Park (2015), and a privately owned site in Miami's Overtown (2015–16).[38][39][40][41] The team also considered the Riccardo Silva Stadium at Florida International University.[42][43]

In late January 2019, the club announced its intentions to pursue the Lockhart Stadium site in Fort Lauderdale to serve as the club's training ground for its first team, youth academy, and future United Soccer League (USL) team.[44] The development would also include a 18,000-seat stadium, which will house the USL team as well as the first team for the first two seasons while the Miami Freedom Park stadium is under construction. The Fort Lauderdale city council unanimously approved Inter Miami's bid for the Lockhart Stadium site on March 19.[45] On April 2, the Fort Lauderdale City Commission cleared Inter Miami to begin the demolition process. As part of the deal, the team must begin clearing the site within 180 days.[46] Construction of Inter Miami's training facility and new stadium began with the demolition of the old Lockhart Stadium on May 8, 2019.[47]

Supporters [ edit ]

The club has three official supporters groups: The Siege, Southern Legion, and Vice City 1896.[48]

Players and staff [ edit ]

Current roster [ edit ]

No. Position Player Nation
Defender Christian Makoun   Venezuela

Out on loan [ edit ]

No. Position Player Nation
Forward Julián Carranza (on loan to Banfield)   Argentina
Midfielder Matías Pellegrini (DP, on loan to Estudiantes)   Argentina

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