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Miami FC soccer team unveils logo, shield for inaugural season

Miami FC, which will play in the NASL (the same league as the Fort Lauderdale Strikers), begins play in April 2016.
Miami FC, which will play in the NASL (the same league as the Fort Lauderdale Strikers), begins play in April 2016.

While David Beckham negotiates with Miami-Dade leaders for a Major League Soccer stadium, the city’s other new professional team, Miami FC, took a step toward its inaugural 2016 season by unveiling its logo and shield.

Miami FC, which will play in the NASL (the same league as the Fort Lauderdale Strikers), begins play April 2016. The home stadium has not been announced, but sources indicated it most matches will be at Florida International University.

The team colors are orange and blue, with a hint of aqua. Orange is for the city’s energy, blue and aqua for the water and sky. The design is Art Deco, a tribute to the area’s distinct architecture.

“Our mission with Miami FC is to connect with Miami’s communities through the global language of soccer,” said Antonio Barreto, CEO of Miami FC. “We wanted to make sure the badge and seal drew inspiration from the distinctive character that makes the city great, and we also wanted to create something that was truly representative of Miami’s dynamic spirit.”

The team is owned by sports media magnate Riccardo Silva. Former Italian star Paolo Maldini, a part-time Miami resident for 15 years, is a co-owner and will be in charge of personnel and player development.

“We want to be among the best teams in the U.S., a top-class team, and our budget will be built for this purpose,” Silva said.

He said he looks forward to a rivalry with the Strikers and would welcome a Beckham MLS team across town. Silva said he’d like to see a Florida Cup in which MLS and NASL teams compete for a state title.

“I hope Beckham succeeds because it would raise interest and be good for soccer in Miami,” Silva said. “South Florida has enough people with a passion for soccer and there is room for two teams. London has 8-9 teams and they are all successful. The big cities in Brazil and Argentina also have more than one team. Miami can, too.”

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