David Beckham’s American dream has taken a new turn a month ago. The former Los Angeles Galaxy player (2007-2012), the one also called the Spice Boy came back to the Major League Soccer (MLS), but this time in the shoes of club president, partnering with mogul Jorge Mas to launch the Inter Miami CF franchise. An adventure started in January 2018 with the clearance of the right to launch a new club in MLS from the year 2020. In the meantime, the Florida team has worked hard to recruit its first coach, Diego Alonso, and its first players. An accelerated implementation (the coach only arrived in December 2019) with a date in mind: March 1, 2020, the date of the first official match in its young history. No one predicted that the season would have a drastic stop!
And for its grand premiere, Inter Miami was served with a trip to the Banc of California Stadium, the Los Angeles FC lair, an unsuccessful finalist in the last MLS final (won by the Seattle Sounders). An opponent of choice led by the unstoppable Carlos Vela (34 goals in 31 games last season). Not enough to curb the ardor of Floridians who are too impatient and excited at the idea of turning the leather. The pre-game was marked by a series of posts relaying the atmosphere around the club, Beckham even getting pictures with the supporters. A legendary president on which the cameras have logically lingered a lot every day.
On the press side, this promising feeling was also present. “Beyond all the hype about offensive recruitment that could happen (Inter Miami CF still has room for a 3rd designated player), the Miami staff was right to build a defensive block of six (4 defenders, 2 defensive circles) who will not often experience defeat. Nicolas Figal and Ben Sweat did a pretty good job of containing Carlos Vela despite the Mexican’s coup. At 35, goalkeeper Luis Robles seems capable of making several interesting seasons in MLS, even if he was misplaced on the goal scored by Vela. Wil Trapp and Victor Ulloa have sometimes struggled to influence the game in the middle, but that will be the case for many players facing the opposition of the caliber of the LAFC, “reads the site of the MLS.
Great encouragement for a team whose next meeting will be the reception of the Los Angeles Galaxy of Chicharito (the MLS will hopefully restart). Playing at home, the other major issue in the Florida franchise. “I will be at the opening game (at home). I think their temporary stadium (located in Fort Lauderdale) will be great and we hope that their downtown stadium will be on time. They are going to play in Fort Lauderdale for as long as they need to but they will not stay there. Their training center is at the cutting edge of technology. They have to leave this place, “said MLS boss Don Garber. An objective which however will not be achievable in the immediate future, Inter Miami giving itself a limit of three years to finally take possession of its jewel case.