David Beckham spent five seasons in Major League Soccer, playing for the LA Galaxy where he won two MLS Cup trophies. The former England international now intends to return to U.S. soccer once again as part of an ownership group that will bring top-tier soccer back to Miami, Florida.
The Miami Fusion were the city’s last MLS team, operating from 1997 to 2001, winning the MLS Supporters’ Shield in their final season. However, since then, there has been no MLS team in the area, with the closest franchise operating in Orlando.
The newest MLS franchise, now known as Inter Miami, was confirmed as the league’s 25th team at a press conference on January 29, 2018and are set to make their worldwide debut on March 1, 2020 in Los Angeles vs LAFC.
Ahead of the team’s debut in MLS, Goal brings you everything you need to know about Inter Miami, including where they will play and which players will play for themWho owns Inter Miami CF?
Beckham is just one owner of Inter Miami, and is part of an ownership group which was initially called Miami Beckham United, but now operates under the name Miami Freedom Park LLC .
The group also includes Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure, MasTec’s Jorge and Jose Mas and SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son.
Beckham’s group previously included Los Angeles Dodgers owner Todd Boehly, former Toronto MapleLeafs owner Tim Leiweke and American Idol producer Simon Fuller, whose involvement ended in May 2019 when Beckham and his wife Victoria bought him out of their business ventures.
When Beckham moved to the LA Galaxy in 2007, he received a purchase option from MLS which would allow him to establish a future franchise for $25 million rather than the usual $150Mcost.
In 2014, he decided to exercise this option, and has been granted permission by Miami-Dade County to build a new stadium in downtown MIt was announced on September 5, 2018 that the team will be called Inter Miami CF, which is short for Club Internacional de Futbol Miami.
Previously,the names Miami Viceand Miami Current were used when referring to the franchise in presentations.
The name Miami Vicewas a reference to the 1980s television crime drama, which was re-made as a Hollywood film in 2006 with Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx.
It had also been believed that Beckham might pay tribute to his playing career with Manchester United and call the team Miami United, but there was already a semi-professional team in the city with the same name.
U.S. website BigSoccer ran a poll in 2016 where fans could vote on the team’s name, with 26 percent choosing International Miami or Inter Miami ahead of other options like Athletic Miami, Athletic Club Miami and AC Miami.
It is a name that reflects the multicultural diversity in the city.iami.When will Inter Miami FC play in MLS?The Miami team is just one of fivenew expansion teams as Major League Soccer looks to expand to at least 24 teams by 2020.
Miami will begin play in the 2020 MLS campaign in a temporary stadium, with their worldwide debut game being against LAFC in Los Angeles on March 1, 2020 to play the 2019 Supporters’ Shield champions Los Angeles FCat 5:30pmET / 10:30pm GMT.
They will host their first home game on March 14 vs the LA Galaxy at the new 19,000 seat Inter Miami CF Stadiumin Fort Lauderdale, the club’s home for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.