David Beckham’s Inter Miami have named their first-ever manager, appointing Diego Alonso.
The Uruguayan has plenty of experience having guided Mexican side Monterrey, who faced Liverpool in the Club World Cup this month, to the Concacaf Champions League but was fired in September.
Alonso also spent four years with Pachuca in Liga MX where he won the Champions League in 2017.
"It's an ambitious and winning project - that's what I'm all about," he told the Associated Press upon the announcement. “I’m very excited. I know this league very well. I know the challenge.
“The idea of winning right away is the thing that I liked the most, the thing that convinced me the most. I don’t see it as a challenge. I see it as an opportunity.”
Inter sporting director Paul McDonough said in a statement on the club’s website: "In Diego we found a manager that fits our culture and has a strong desire to build a winning club for our fans.
“What we really like about him is he’s coached at big clubs and he’s won at big tournaments. He’s won at all different levels throughout South America.”
The 44-year-old won 31 of his 55 games in charge of Monterrey and beat two MLS sides during the campaign.
First there was victory over Atlanta United in the quarter-finals, and they also hammered Sporting Kansas City by 10-2 on aggregate in the semis earlier this year.
“The MLS has made such a focus on trying to go and make one of the targets winning Concacaf Champions League,” McDonough added.
“I think the fact that Diego has done it twice with two different teams was super-valuable to me. He’s young. He’s got a clear idea of how he wants to play. And I think his desire to coach Miami as the next step in his coaching career was super-valuable to us.”
A former attacker capped eight by times by his country, Alonso prefers an attacking style of play, something that will please Beckham, owner and president of the franchise.
Having this year announced the club name, colours and stadium plans in 2018, the ex-England captain’s team kick things off on March 1, 2020.
That leaves Alonso two months to gather his team for training in January and pre-season warm-up matches in February.
Taking on Los Angeles FC in their first match, the opener at their newly-constructed home in Fort Lauderdale on March 14 against Beckham’s former club LA Galaxy.
Inter Miami have already been making player moves too, completing the signing of Roman Torres, Panama’s captain at the 2018 World Cup who has won the MLS Cup twice.
As well Juan Agudelo, who has 28 caps for the United States, arrives from New England Revolution while former MLS goalkeeper of the year Luis Robles has also signed.