Inter Miami CF Managing Owner Jorge Mas was invited to speak at Soccerex USA 2019, a conference hosted in Miami that aims to “bring together the global football industry.” The two-day event hosted over 2,000 delegates, 100 exhibitors and 400 rightsholders from over 90 countries.
Mas was given the platform to speak about the progress Inter Miami is making ahead of its 2020 debut, and his aspirations for the Club moving forward.
“We made a commitment to invest in our community,” said Mas. “We agreed to create a world class team with world class people. We model ourselves after, and use as a peer group, the most successful soccer clubs in the world.”
“One of the unique things about our city is passion,” he added. “It’s passion about, not only love of sports which unites and is incredibly important to the fabric of our community, but passion for everything that Miami represents.
On the subject of Fort Lauderdale Stadium and Training Center Mas said, “Our primary reason [for choosing the site] was that we wanted to have 100% control over the fan experience. We wanted to be able to provide our fans something unique.”
“People told me it was going to be impossible to build a stadium in nine months,” he continued. “This stadium will be completed for our home debut on March 14.”
He spoke about the interim home of the MLS First Team, including the state of the art 50,000 square-foot Fort Lauderdale training center.
“Our training center will allow us to host tournaments and create a hub of soccer not only in South Florida, but one of the centerpieces of fútbol in the United States,” he added. “Inter Miami is not just Miami’s team; it is South Florida’s team. Fort Lauderdale Stadium will be very active beyond our first two seasons as we make South Florida a center for international fútbol matches.”
Mas also touched on the Miami Freedom Park project, what it entails and where in the process the project currently is.
“Miami Freedom Park will be an entertainment destination and a focal point for our community. We as owners will use our business to enhance the we are investing in.”
Regarding the Inter Miami brand Mas said, “It will be present in all of the Americas. Our players will help us be involved in those countries.”
“We aspire to be the most popular sport brand in South Florida, be globally recognized and to be done the Inter Miami way.”
He also provided updates on the progress the team is making on the sporting side.
“Inter Miami fans will be extremely excited about the roster Paul McDonough, our sporting director, is building. We aspire to build a team that can compete with any team in the Americas.”
Mas added, “We will be announcing a coach very soon. We have made our choice.”