David Beckham's Major League Soccer team unveils name, crest

'I know we've created something that our fans are happy with,' Beckham says

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor

MIAMI - It's official.

The long-awaited Major League Soccer team in Miami unveiled its name and team crest early Wednesday on Twitter.

"We are a new team, but we're a city with a lot of history, and I think that that's what we wanted to create with this crest," David Beckham said in a recorded message to fans.

Four years after announcing his intentions to bring a team to Miami, Beckham and his partners were awarded a franchise in January.

The team will be called Club Internacional de Futbol Miami and is expected to begin play in 2020.

A mural depicting the new team name and crest of the Major League Soccer franchise in Miami is painted on a building at 90 SW Eighth Street in Miami's Brickell neighborhood.

Beckham said he wanted to bring a "South American flavor" to the team's look, but with a "modern twist."

"I know we've created something that our fans are happy with," Beckham said. "I just hope we've created something that everybody will be happy with. I'm sure our rivals won't really care, but we care."

South Florida previously had an MLS team from 1998-2001, but it folded because of poor attendance. Unlike the Miami Fusion, which played its home games at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Beckham's team will play in the heart of the city of Miami.

Voters will be asked in November whether to allow the city to negotiate the sale of the Melreese Country Club golf course to Beckham and Miami business partner Jorge Mas for the development of Miami Freedom Park.

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