David Beckham’s Miami MLS team finally has a name

David Beckham’s Miami MLS team finally has a name

After years of wait, David Beckham has finally announced the name and logo of his MLS club. The Miami-based side will take the name Club Internacional de Futbol Miami, or Inter Miami for people who just can’t be bothered with all that nonsense.

We’re finally getting closer to the club’s launch after a saga lasting since 2013, and Inter Miami are poised to enter the league in 2020. By then, FC Cincinnati will already have been promoted from the United Soccer League, the second tier of football in the United States. Miami will join Major League Soccer alongside a team from Nashville, Tennessee, which is yet to be named.

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This is the proposed stadium for Overtown.

Beckham’s side are developing well, but there’s still progress to be made. Their stadium location is not yet finalised with Beckham wanting to build a 25,000-seater stadium on the waterfront. There are also proposals to build either near Miami International Airport or in Overtown, in the north of the city. Miami Fusion, who played in MLS from 1998 to 2001, had their home games at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, however this only seats 17,000. Of course there are other grounds available in the city, such as the Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium, but two gridiron teams already play there.

The side had been called many names throughout the past few years. Beckham’s ownership group commonly referred to them as Miami Vice or Miami Current, and the project in general was known as Miami Beckham United. Inter Miami will not be the first side in MLS to use a Spanish-influenced name. That honour goes to Real Salt Lake from Utah and Chivas USA based in Los Angeles, who each joined the league in 2005, although Chivas no longer exists.

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Blue? They’re pink now!

The club’s colours will be black, white and pink, with a fairly similar shade of pink to Italian side Citta di Palermo. Beckham has said of the logo that he was inspired by typical South American club logos. Clearly they’ve paid attention to detail – the sun in the middle of the crest has seven rays, a homage to Beckham’s iconic No. 7 jersey.

When the club join the league in 2020, provided everything goes to plan, there will be 26 clubs in MLS from seventeen states plus D.C. and three provinces of Canada. Expansion is expected to continue further, with the league aiming to reach 28 teams eventually. These extra teams would likely be in Detroit, Sacramento or San Diego.

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Premier League: Our round 3 predictions

Premier League: Our round 3 predictions

So, the official FootyFans tipping competition kicked off a week ago, and it was Blake who came out on top, getting 7 out of a possible 20 points. Just behind him was Zac with five, and unfortunately, I came last this round with 4.

Plenty of time to change that though. On with the tipping!

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester City

 

Dan 

This is a decent Wolves squad that played well against Leicester, Man City may be complacent after thrashing Huddersfield, and there’s no way I’m going to be able to win this competition without being slightly risky. 2-1 Wolves

Blake

I’ve been a little disappointed with Wolverhampton Wanderers so far, and I expect they’ll struggle again here against a superior Manchester City side. 2-1 Manchester City

Zac

Manchester City will just be too good for Wolves today, coming off two convincing victories against good teams. 3-1 Manchester City 

Southampton vs Leicester City

Dan

Uninspiring, if decent, starts by both teams will see a match of mediocrity, but Southampton may just, just be able to come out on top. 1-0 Southampton

Blake

This will be dull. Southampton have one goal this season so far and I don’t think they’ll add to that, but their defence is strong and they should hold the Foxes out. 0-0 draw

Zac

Leicester have started strong this season but I think that they will be pushed all the way by an underrated Southampton team. 1-0 Leicester 

Arsenal vs West Ham United 

Dan 

Both teams should really be doing better, but Arsenal has had the hard start while West Ham has no excuse for losing to Bournemouth. Arsenal will pile on the misery for Pellegrini and the Hammers.  2-1 Arsenal

Blake

Neither side have impressed in the first two matches of the season and I don’t think they will here either, with questionable defences leading to four goals overall. 2-2 draw

Zac

These two clubs have not won yet this season, and with both new managers feeling under pressure to get a win they will cancel each other out. 2-2 draw

Bournemouth vs Everton 

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Dan 

Bournemouth has started the season in fine form, defying the odds to beat West Ham away. Everton is doing well, but an away trip to a team that is so high on confidence may end up in the Toffees’ first loss of the campaign. 2-1 Bournemouth

Blake

Bournemouth have been pretty great in their first two matches, conceding just once, but Everton just have too much quality for them in their first real test of the season. 3-2 Everton

Zac

Everton have been looking good recently and I think that they will beat Bournemouth in this game, although the game will be more even than the scoreline suggests. 2-0 Everton 

Huddersfield Town vs Cardiff City

Dan

After a thrashing last week, Huddersfield will be low on confidence, but the good news for them is that they will be playing Neil Warnock’s Cardiff. Expect a bore draw. 0-0 draw

Blake

Dull, dull encounter between the worst two teams in the Premier League by me. Cardiff City’s wait for a first Premier League goal, or win, will continue. 0-0 draw

Zac

With both teams starting out poorly, I don’t think that either team will be very impressive in this match but the Terriers will win out in this potential relegation six-pointer. 1-0 Huddersfield 

Liverpool vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Dan 

Brighton defied the odds to beat United last week, but the Red Devils are just a shambles at the moment. Klopp’s Liverpool, on the other hand, is an entirely different proposition, and one that is too much for Brighton. 4-2 Liverpool

Blake

As much as it pains me to say it, Liverpool are looking brilliant so far this season. Brighton have won one, lost one and despite beating United, I think they’ll suffer here. 4-0 Liverpool

Zac

Although the Seagulls upset Man U last time out, I think that Liverpool will just be too good for them. 3-0 Liverpool

Watford vs Crystal Palace

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Dan

Palace played exceptionally well against Liverpool, but they’re up against a Watford side that has two wins from two. Given that both teams will think that they can win this, neither will. 1-1 draw

Blake

Watford have won two from two and only conceded once. Whilst Palace haven’t started badly either, they’ll be outclassed at Vicarage Road. 3-1 Watford

Zac

I have not been impressed with either team this season, and although they will both score I think that they will cancel each other out. 1-1 draw

Fulham vs Burnley

Dan

Fulham have lost both of their fixtures so far, but they’re a quality side that is up against a demotivated and exhausted Burnley team that may not make it into Europe. Fulham should secure their first win of the campaign. 2-0 Fulham

Blake

The Clarets will be run-down after their midweek loss to Olympiacos, and as poor as Fulham have been, they’ll want this win more. I see them picking up their first points of the season. 2-0 Fulham

Zac

Burnley will be tired and unmotivated by their loss to Olympiakos in the Europa League mid-week, and with this Fulham looking better and better every week I think that they will punish them. 2-0 Fulham 

Newcastle United vs Chelsea

Dan

Sarri-ball is upon Chelsea, and it’s working mighty fine with a 100% record so far. They’ll sweep aside a Newcastle that couldn’t beat Cardiff. 3-1 Chelsea

Blake

Two wins from two, six goals scored, Chelsea are settling well under new boss Maurizio Sarri. Newcastle meanwhile have scored one and conceded two, and will struggle. 2-0 Chelsea

Zac

This is a very good Chelsea side and if they keep playing Maurizio Sarri’s attractive style of football then they will go far this season. 3-0 Chelsea

Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur

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Dan

Manchester United are a complete mess at the moment, but Tottenham are away from home and traditionally struggle against the top 6. United might just get a draw out of this. 1-1 draw.

Blake 

Tottenham have started well on six points, whilst United just lost to Brighton, but a defensive Red Devils side should get themselves a point at Old Trafford. 1-1 draw

Zac 

In this week’s headline match, Spurs will be too good for a Manchester United side that got found out last week at Brighton. 2-1 Spurs

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