David Beckham spoke of his pride as the team name and crest of his Miami MLS franchise were confirmed Wednesday.
Club Internacional de Futbol Miami — shortened to Inter Miami CF — will compete in MLS beginning in 2020.
“This is such a proud day for myself and for the entire team,” the former Manchester United star said in a statement.
“It’s an honor to announce the new name and crest to our fans — we are taking another important step in establishing our club and today marks an important moment in the history of Club Internacional de Futbol Miami.”
Four years ago, we dreamt of a soccer club.
Today, we’re proud to announce the official crest of that club.
Join us on a journey that has only just begun.
THIS IS US. THIS IS MIAMI.#InterMiamiCF #ThisIsMiami #MLS pic.twitter.com/uw8QOA2lfG
— Inter Miami CF (@InterMiamiCF) September 5, 2018
The club suggested the name celebrates Miami as “a truly global location that welcomes and embraces all cultures and communities”.
The crest, which is adorned with two herons standing back to back, features a black background with pink and white writing, including the roman numerals MMXX, a reference to the year in which Inter Miami will take its place in the league.
A major hurdle the team still must overcome is the development of its own stadium, with proposals subject to a referendum that will take place in November.