MIAMI, Fla. (December 30, 2019) —
Diego Alonso will become the first-ever head coach of Inter Miami, according to ESPN’s Jorge Ramos y su Banda. Ramos is a Uruguayan sports commentator. His report states that an official announcement from the MLS side is set for Monday, although there has been no official confirmation from team officials as of this writing.
Alonso, 44, led CF Monterrey to the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League title, but was fired on September 30, 2019, following a poor start to the season. He had a very impressive 31-12-12 record at Monterrey, but faced much media criticism during that September slump, and a 2-0 home league loss to Tigres was the last straw and he was sacked after that loss by the club, which then brought back his predecessor, Antonio Mohamed. Alonso has been working as a TV analyst in his home country of Uruguay. Prior to his time with the Los Rayados, Alonso was the manager of Club de Fútbol Pachuca, where he won the Clausura in 2016 and Concacaf Champions League in 2017 during his four-years at the helm of the club.
Alonso’s record was 74-53-46 with Pachuca. He also led Pachuca to a third-place finish in the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup and was Copa MX runners-up in 2017. Pachuca’s squad was comprised of younger players, similar to much of Inter Miami’s roster, and this likely was a factor in his selection as manager. Before the Mexican league, he coached at Club Olimpia (Paraguay), CA Peñarol Montevideo (Uruguay), Guaraní (Paraguay) and CA Bella Vista, Montevideo (Uruguay).
Prior to coaching, Alonso enjoyed a 16-year career which saw him play in Mexico, Argentina, China, Spain and his native Uruguay. He played five years in Spain for five clubs – Valencia CF, Atlético Madrid, Racing de Santander, Málaga, and Real Murcia. He also played in Mexico, Uruguay, and China. Alonso also made eight international appearances for the Uruguayan national team.
He’s the only person to have guided two different teams to Concacaf titles and he’s now the second coach in MLS to have won that tournament before. Now, he will have the opportunity to make history at Inter Miami CF if he can coach them to the Concacaf Champions League title.
Inter Miami, who will debut in MLS on March 1, 2020 against LAFC, had reportedly been in talks with Patrick Viera and Carlo Ancelotti recently. Vieira is the manager at OGC Nice and Ancelotti was recently fired by Napoli and has become the new manager at Everton.
There is now less than a month from preseason, and Inter is busy completing its roster — announcing over the weekend the signing of MLS veterans Juan Agudelo from New England and Panamanian captain Román Torres from the Seattle Sounders at “significantly lower salary figures,” according to The Athletic’s Paul Tenorio.
The club has signed 21 players and Major League Soccer training camp begins the third week of January. Inter Miami still has several roster spots to fill, including two higher-priced Designated Players. David Silva of Manchester City is reportedly one of them. Those signings are expected in the next few weeks, with the winter transfer window opening in Europe in January.