After a long wait, soccer fans in Miami now have a name and team colors attached to their club that is coming to Major League Soccer. The team officially announced themselves as Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami and revealed a black-and-pink color scheme.
The team's name certainly plays into Miami's status as a global hub, and they'll be known as Inter Miami for short. The club crest is highlighted by a pair of heron birds found throughout South Florida.
The herons' legs are intertwined in an M pattern to symbolize the city's unity. There is also an eclipse in between the birds that represents the work ethic of the Miami people and features seven rays to pay homage to owner David Beckham's career and signify the seven seas that bring people to the city from all seven continents.
In addition to finally having a name, crest, and bold colors to associate with the team, Inter Miami also revealed their official motto. "Libertas, Unitas, Fortuna" promotes concepts of freedom, unity, solidarity, inclusiveness, opportunity, and good fortune for all.
There are a variety of places across Miami where supporters can see the new look. Commemorative editions of the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald were released today, and murals depicting the colors and crest have cropped up in Wynwood and Brickell.
— Will Manso (@WillManso), September 5, 2018
Following years of discussion and promise, Beckham and his ownership group were officially awarded an MLS expansion franchise in January. They're scheduled to being league play in 2020 and will play in a temporary home until they build their new stadium.
The Doral neighborhood and site of the current Melreese Country Club is currently the leader in the clubhouse for where to build a facility. The proposed "Miami Freedom Park" development would feature a 25,000 seat stadium, restaurants, retail space, office buildings, athletic fields, and a public park.
Cover photo courtesy of Club International de Futbol Miami