If there’s any question about Inter Miami CF’s intentions in the club’s inaugural MLS season, Diego Alonso made things abundantly clear in an interview with Univision.
Inter Miami’s recently-named head coach believes his team has what it takes to make MLS history and have a debut season along the lines of the recent MLS expansion sides Atlanta United and LAFC rather than FC Cincinnati.
The Five Stripes finished fourth in the Eastern Conference in 2017 with 55 points and reached the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, while LAFC were third in the West with 57 points in a playoff-clinching first season a year later.
In contrast, FC Cincinnati were last in MLS with 24 points a year ago, conceding a league-record 75 goals.
“We see being a debutant team as a great opportunity to create a new winning side in MLS,” Alonso said. “We’re confident that we have the capacity, along with the owners, coaches, players and fans to make MLS history.”
Alonso knows what it takes to build a championship team. The Uruguayan arrives in South Beach after winning a pair of Concacaf Champions League titles and one Liga MX championship as the coach of Pachuca and Monterrey.
Can Inter live up to those lofty expectation? Those answers start in less than two months with an anticipated opening match against defending Supporters’ Shield winners LAFC March 1 (5:30 pm ET | ESPN) with the home opener coming two weeks later against the LA Galaxy.