September 5, 2018 / 12:37 PM / 3 months ago

Beckham's MLS franchise to be called Inter Miami

FILE PHOTO: David Beckham, wearing a league scarf, salutes a section of the crowd at this official announcement for Miami's MLS expansion team in Miami, Florida, U.S. January 29, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity/File Photo

(Reuters) - Former England captain David Beckham revealed on Wednesday that his Major League Soccer team (MLS) will be called Club Internacional de Futbol Miami, or Inter Miami.

The club also unveiled its crest, a circular logo including two great white herons — an emblem it says celebrates Miami’s “international, diverse, inclusive, creative and ambitious spirit.”

Beckham was awarded an MLS franchise in Miami in January after first announcing his plans to launch a team in the South Florida city four years ago.

“This is such a proud day for myself and for the entire team. It’s an honor to announce the new name and crest to our fans,” Beckham, the Miami team’s owner and president of football operations, said in a statement.

“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.”

Inter Miami are scheduled to begin playing in 2020 at a temporary venue until their planned 25,000-capacity stadium - dubbed “Miami Freedom Park” - is completed a year later.

“Our city and our fans draw their strength from the dreams of a global population that calls Miami home,” said the Miami club’s managing owner Jorge Mas.

“It is only fitting that our name pays tribute to the inclusiveness that makes us who we are.”

Reporting by Aishwarya Venugopal in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris

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