FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (February 1, 2020) —
On February 1, 2020, Inter Miami CF revealed the name of their affiliate team in the USL League One. The name they have chosen is Fort Lauderdale Club de Fútbol. The team also begins its inaugural season this March.
The League One side will provide a defined path for players in the Inter Miami Academy to work their way from the youth academy up to the first team.
“Establishing an identity for Fort Lauderdale CF has been a process the organization has put a lot of thought into because it will be our permanent team playing in the Fort Lauderdale stadium for the long-term,” said Inter Miami CF Sporting Director Paul McDonough. “The team also serves an important role in providing higher-level competition for talented players who are in between the Academy and First Team levels of their careers. We can keep them competing in a professional structure until a good opportunity arises for them either with us or elsewhere.”
The Fort Lauderdale CF brand extends the themes of the Inter Miami CF organisation. The logo has been created using the same signature rosa negro (pink and black) colours, and the crest features a great white heron – which the club defines as a symbol of power, protection, patience and purity.
Fort Lauderdale CF will kick off the League One season on March 27 against fellow expansion side Union Omaha at its Inter Miami Fort Lauderdale stadium, which is also the site of Inter Miami’s Centro Deportivo (training complex), located on the north side of Fort Lauderdale, approximately 51 km (32 mi.) north of Miami. The site is the same as the former Lockhart Stadium. The stadium in Fort Lauderdale will serve as the permanent home of the USL1 side, while also serving as the temporary home of the first team (Inter Miami CF)
The club has yet to name a manager or any players, but this will be announced in the next few weeks