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Inter Miami U17-18 team won historic game in South Korea. Here’s how they did it

David Beckham visited his Inter Miami youth academy

More than five years after announcing his intention to bring a Major League Soccer team to Miami, Beckham was at Central Broward Regional Stadium on June 2, 2019, watching his club’s 150 hand-picked youth academy players as they scrimmaged.
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More than five years after announcing his intention to bring a Major League Soccer team to Miami, Beckham was at Central Broward Regional Stadium on June 2, 2019, watching his club’s 150 hand-picked youth academy players as they scrimmaged.

Inter Miami CF Academy made history in South Korea early Sunday morning when the U17-18 team won its inaugural match 2-0 against Ansan in the 2019 K League U-17 Championship.

It was the first game ever played by a team in Inter Miami uniforms, seven months shy of the club’s debut in Major League Soccer.

Both goals were scored by 15-year-old forward Alexander Lozano of Miami. He scored in the 14th and 57th minutes. Defender Fabrizio Cubbedu of Davie earned the assist on the historic first goal. Lozano previously played at Kendall Coalition and Cubbedu at Weston FC.

“It was a good first, official match for the team and a positive step in the right direction,” said coach and academy director Jason Kreis. “We still have a long way to go in bringing our players together playing our style of soccer, but this was a great experience for everyone, and the players had a lot of fun.”

“The game was really intense. Everything was at 100 percent but we never gave up. We were sprinting every ball that we could, and when we lost it, we did everything to win it back,” said Lozano. “I love to enjoy myself on the field especially wearing this badge. Inter Miami represents my home, my family, and it felt great to play with the best players from all of South Florida.”

Inter Miami will play its next match on Tuesday against Seoul E. The team will play a total of four matches. The semifinals are Monday and the final is Tuesday.

Inter Miami lineup/subs: GK Mauricio Uribe, D Jason Bucknor (Noah Allen ‘51), Fabrizio Cubbedu (Kai Thomas ‘61) , Esteban Espinoza, Ian Fray, M Edison Azcona (Nicolas Pereira ‘68), Francisco Raggio, Andres Torrealba (Moises Cuartas ‘75), F Andres Cardenas (Giancarlo Gonzalez ‘71), Nicolas Diaz (Brian Hernandez ‘57), Alexander Lozano

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