MIAMI, Fla. (January 23, 2020) —
On an unusually cold day by South Florida standards (17°celsius/ 63F), Inter Miami CF head coach Diego Alonso was formally introduced to the media gathered at a press conference held at the Rusty Pelican. Known for its impressive sweeping view across Biscayne Bay to the skyline of downtown Miami, it certainly didn’t disappoint.
Earlier in the day, Diego Alonso was leading the squad through its third day of training at Barry University. Changing his look from coach to executive, he was officially presented to the media as the expansion club’s first head coach, seated alongside Managing Owner Jorge Mas and Sporting Director Paul McDonough. Though it hasn’t played a game yet and has just three training sessions in the books, the trio were firm on Miami’s goal. The message was delivered loud and clear: “Our aspirations are to win. We want to play in October and November,” Mas said.
Alonso was upbeat and positive, and offered his own experiences to drive home his points. “True dreamers never simply meet their dreams, they surpass them,” Alonso said as he described his coaching philosophy.
“I am from Uruguay. I have been raised to always fight for what I want,” he continued. “Growing up, I was always told that countries like Brazil and Argentina were superior and that as Uruguayans, we could not beat them. But if you notice, I believe Brazil has nine Copa América titles, Argentina has 14 of them and Uruguay has 15 Copa América titles. So that is the mentality I identify with.”
Alonso is the only manager to have won the Concacaf Champions League with two different clubs, having done so with Liga MX clubs CF Pachuca (2016/17) and CF Monterrey (2018/19).
The combination of Alonso’s ambitions and pedigree clearly appealed to both Mas and McDonough, who made it known they want to do far more than just compete in MLS, even in the first season. They made it clear that in addition to the league, their plan is to win the Concacaf Champions League. To do that, they will first have to qualify, either by winning the MLS Cup, winning the Supporters Shield, finishing first in the Eastern Conference, or winning the U.S. Open Cup.
“Concacaf Champions League is something we want to strive to win,” McDonough said. “I came from a fairly successful club. I saw Diego compete against Atlanta United. I saw what he did and how successful he was.”
Mas has been similarly impressed by the coach’s character.
“We share a lot of the same value and we share the same vision to make Inter Miami MLS’s global team.”