After months of speculation and rumors, it appears that Major League Soccer expansion franchise Inter Miami has finally settled on a head coach. According to the Miami Herald, the David Beckham-owned club will announce former Monterrey manager Diego Alonso as their first-ever head coach on Monday.
The 44-year-old Uruguayan was a long time veteran of Liga MX as a player and made a name for himself as a manager in the same league. His most noticeable accomplishment to date is leading Monterrey to the 2019 Concacaf Champions League title.
Miami have been linked to countless high-profile managers over the past six months, including the likes of Patrick Vieira, Marcelo Gallardo, and Carlo Ancelotti. In the end, while they may not have landed a household name, they recruited someone with experience and success in the region. MLS has an ambition to catch Liga MX as a force within North America. Bringing in talent from the rival league – whether it be on-field or off-field personnel – can only help.
With less than two months until their inaugural season, Miami has a lot of work left to do to prepare. The expectations are huge for a new club owned by Beckham and operating in one of the biggest media markets in the United States. So far, they've yet to make a huge splash as far as well-known signings. With two Designated Player slots remaining on their roster, perhaps having a manager in place will help attract some bigger names to the club.