David Beckham’s Inter Miami starts its maiden MLS season on the first day of March in California against Los Angeles FC, a game in which Beck’s boys are big underdogs.
In the debut match, the players are going to wear the pink and black away kit which the club premiered this weekend, causing a sort of outrage among fans who believe the jersey’s design is lacking creativity.
Dubbed the ‘RosaNegra jersey’, it features the colors from the club’s crest, with flashes of pink over a black template. The jersey is available for sale at $134.99 at the official MLS store.
For a number of Inter Miami fans, the design came as a disappointment that could suggest what they should expect form the club in its inaugural season.
Some of the comments the fans left on social media are questioning the effort the management put in the club. One user wrote “Soo black shirt with our crest on it is the best we could do?” Another user was even more bitter saying “I don’t think you can in good conscience even call that a kit.”
The jersey saga is the latest in a series of controversies surrounding the South Florida team. Previously, the fans were left concerned with whether the new stadium is going to be finished on time.
A few weeks ago, images of the Inter Miami’s new stadium surfaced, suggesting that the project is far from being completed. The images showed the club’s home venue still looking like a construction site only a few weeks before the planned opening.
The Lockhart Stadium, an 18,000-seater is expected to open in March, according to the club owner himself, David Beckham, who confirmed this in his last week’s Instagram post.
The $65M-worth project is supposed to serve as Inter Miami’s temporary home ground for two seasons as another stadium is also being built. The Miami Freedom Park as its official name is, is expected to open in 2022.
Inter Miami – David Beckham’s Pet Project
Although he is not the sole owner of Inter Miami, David Beckham is the person without whom the project would not see the light of the day.
It was 2007 when he signed a contract with Los Angeles Galaxy, which had a clause that guaranteed him an MLS license if he decided to launch a new soccer club. More than a decade later, Beckham decided to put the plan in motion, teaming up with other investors in order to collect enough funds to run an MLS franchise.
It’s reported that the Inter Miami owners have already invested hundreds of millions of dollars in the club. Apart from investing in the stadium, they also had to build the squad from scratch, making some big-money signings along the way.
Some of the players Inter Miami signed so far include Matias Pellegrini, Julian Carranza, and Jorge Figal, whose transfers cost the club well over $15M, which for MLS standards is a seriously high figure.
AS the MLS transfer window is open until May, the club is expected to make a few more signings, possibly even signing such soccer legends as Joe Hart, David Silva, and/or Edinson Cavani.