In another series of ‘firsts,’ Inter Miami CF held its historical first training session yesterday at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. A new season had begun. The very first one, and one which for fans must have seemed like a day they never thought would arrive.
This came 1811 days after February 5, 2014, the day that David Beckham announced to the crowd gathered at the Pérez Art Museum that he would bring an MLS franchise to Miami.
Or 4 years, 11 months, 16 days. Or 59 months, 16 days, including the end date. In other words, a fairly long time.
But now the eternal wait is over; the doubters, the haters and the NIMBY’s silenced. Find out how this historical day went by clicking the link here:
David Beckham, who is a co-owner of Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami, was in Doha in December and was interviewed on the subject of the World Cup which is coming to Qatar.
During a visit to Education City Stadium – exactly three years before the Qatar 2022 final will take place – the former Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan, LA Galaxy and Paris Saint-Germain star said Qatar’s tournament will be ‘a dream’ for players and fans thanks to its friendliness and state-of-the-art facilities.
“I think as a player and a fan you want to visit a World Cup competition with great facilities, safe facilities, great hotels and great culture – and that’s what Qatar is all about,” said Beckham, who was given a tour of Education City Stadium by Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy.
Speaking of challenges, he compared the challenges that were overcome to bring the tournament to Qatar to those he faced during the past seven years of securing his club in Miami.
“To make dreams come true, to make memories like this, it takes hard work. You always are questioned on certain things, and people will always doubt you on certain things. But, Miami is proof, and Qatar is proof that anything is possible.”
Beckham has been a frequent visitor to Qatar in recent years, and he said he has seen the country rapidly evolve. “I’ve been here quite a few times and I’ve seen the change and development,” said Beckham, who was visiting to attend the FIFA Club World Cup semi-final between CF Monterrey and Liverpool FC at Khalifa International Stadium.
“Most importantly, it’s always been such a family environment here – and I think that is something as a player and a fan you really want at a World Cup. Three years to the day [until the World Cup final] it’s going to be pretty incredible.”
Listen to David Beckham speak about the World Cup 2022 which will be held in Qatar.
BREAKING: Inter Miami is currently the only club in MLS without a shirt sponsor for the 2020 campaign but the lack of a sponsor is likely to end very soon. Sources expect a major agreement to be announced in the next few days.
With the first overall pick, Inter Miami selected the 2019 Mac Hermann winning striker Robbie Robinson, 21, from Clemson University. With the third pick, they went with the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s champion full-back Dylan Nealis, 21, from Georgetown University.
More on today’s selections including sporting director Paul McDonough’s assessment and what to expect next on Inter Miami Hoy.
Rumours of his hiring had been circulating for days and the club made an official announcement via its Twitter account at 11:01 a.m. EST morning.
Alonso arrives in Vice City with an already impressive list of trophies and accomplishments which he will certainly be looking to add to with the Rosanegro
For starters, Alonso is the only person to have coached two different teams to Concacaf titles and he’s now the second coach in MLS to have won that tournament before.
“In Diego we found a manager that fits our culture and has a strong desire to build a winning club for our fans. He brings a lot of experience and championship-winning mentality as we begin our drive to be among the best clubs in the Americas,” Inter Miami sporting director Paul McDonough said. “We have big aspirations for our club and believe Diego has the right drive, passion and leadership to accomplish our goals.”
More than 1,800 soccer business insiders from 80 countries, including myself, will assemble at the Turnberry Resort in Aventura on Thursday and Friday for the SoccerEx USA 2019 Conference. The conference includes 90 speakers, including Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber, Inter Miami co-owner Jorge Mas, CONCACAF general secretary Philippe Moggio, and Amanda Duffy, the president of the National Women’s Soccer League.
Soccer executives from clubs, leagues, federations, media rightsholders and suppliers will hold a series of panels which discuss topics affecting the sport: from the evolution of the sport to branding to stadium innovations to youth soccer to the growth of the women’s game. Major sponsors include Concacaf, MLS, and LaLiga.
This is the second year the conference has been to Miami. It is owned by GAPC Sports, which is involved in many soccer ventures. Its chairman, Joseph DaGrosa, who lives in Miami, purchased French Ligue 1 club Girondins de Bordeaux last year. DaGrosa has had preliminary talks with Mas about a friendly match between Inter Miami and Bordeaux.
One of the panels will feature Alexi Lalas, the Fox analyst and former U.S. national team star. He is a moderator at the conference, and will have a conversation with Don Garber, in which the state of MLS and the future of the league is discussed.
“I can’t believe we’re in the 25th year,” Lalas said of MLS. “With the perspective of what Don has done and what I saw when I was there at the start, we want to give a breadth of perspective to folks, especially from a business perspective because there’s this curiosity globally about what MLS is doing and what MLS has done and an understanding of how they’ve planned it.”
“I also will ask Don about his plan going forward for what he wants MLS to be, the South American aspect, the relevancy globally, the branding of the teams; and you can’t talk to the commissioner without talking about expansion.”
Lalas Talks Inter Miami
Lalas has been watching the Inter Miami launch closely and likes what he sees.
“It’s been a hell of a saga, to say the least, all the twists and turns,” Lalas said. “We’re right back in Fort Lauderdale for now. But ultimately, if there is that pot of gold at the end that is a Miami stadium, I think it’s going to be good. They’ve surrounded themselves with good quality people who understand the unique aspects both of MLS in 2020 and what that is and isn’t, and on the ground in Miami what needs to be done and working through all the stuff.”
Lalas said it is critical for Inter Miami to make a big splash immediately on and off the field.
“I remain bullish in that I envision Miami being a lot more like an Atlanta as opposed to a Cincinnati at the start,” Lalas said. “Because of what Miami represents, they can’t afford the perception of a soft launch in the way that other teams have done. Miami has to hit the ground running. It’s difficult without that stadium there, but they have to show the ambition that matches what that perception is of Miami, international and cosmopolitan and first class.
“When we all show up for that first game and experience, we need to leave there saying, ‘Jesus, if this is what they’ve got in a temporary site, think of what they can do in a permanent site.’ It’s a first impression, and they only get one chance to do that.”
Milestone reached on construction site in northern Fort Lauderdale.
MIAMI, Fla. (November 6, 2019) —
Progress continues to be made on the Inter Miami Complex (we’ll call it the “Centro Deportivo”) in Fort Lauderdale, which includes a new stadium, the club’s training complex and Inter Miami CF Academy home.
Last Friday, November 1, the team of on-site construction personnel completed the installation of the first roof structure for the stadium. This milestone comes just weeks after the stadium “went vertical” with steel columns, followed by the installation of componentes of the secondary frame of the metal building as well as the horizontal structural members designed to provide lateral support for wall panels.
The yet-to-be-named, 18,000-capacity stadium (referred to simply as “Fort Lauderdale Stadium” in the interim) will serve as the temporary home of Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami for its first two MLS seasons, 2020 and 2021, before the club moves into its home stadium at Miami Freedom Park in Miami.
Fort Lauderdale Stadium is being constructed on the site of the former Lockhart Stadium. It will continue to house Inter Miami’s USL League One team once the first team moves into its Miami home.
Another key moment will be reached in mid-November, when the grass at Fort Lauderdale Stadium and for the training fields is expected to be installed.
Other portions of the 46-acre Centro Deportivo are also progressing. The Training Complex – where Inter Miami’s MLS, USL, and Academy teams will permanently train – is also taking shape. The 50,000-square-foot (4,645 sq. m) building continues to undergo steel, concrete, and roofing installations.
The stadium and training complex at the Centro Deportivo will be ready in time for the beginning of the 2020 season. Here are a couple of preview images released by Inter Miami:
More than 200 people are working as part of the Lockhart Construction Team, including Manica Architecture, Perez & Perez Architects Planners, Bliss & Nitray, Inc. Structural Engineers, SDM Consulting Engineers, Flynn Engineering Services and EDSA, Inc. They will continue their work to deliver this project ahead of Inter Miami’s inaugural season debut in March 2020. Inter Miami’s first home game is tentatively scheduled for March 14, 2020, a date which will be confirmed when MLS releases next season’s calendar in a few weeks.