Skip navigation
Favorites
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up
NBCSports Header Logo

Inter Miami hires Diego Alonso as first head coach

Inter Miami hires Diego Alonso as first head coach

MONTERREY, MEXICO - SEPTEMBER 14: Diego Alonso, Head Coach of Monterrey observes the game during the 9th round match between Monterrey and Necaxa as part of the Torneo Apertura 2019 Liga MX at BBVA Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Monterrey, Mexico. (Photo by Alfredo Lopez/Jam Media/Getty Images)

Getty Images

Inter Miami finally has its first manager.

Diego Alonso is the man for the honor, the 44-year-old a two-time CONCACAF Champions League winner.

He led Pachuca to the Clausura 2016 title and a third place finish at the 2017 Club World Cup. He won 42 percent of his matches at Pachuca and 56 percent during his time with Monterrey.

[ MORE: Premier League schedule ]

Inter Miami CF Sporting Director Paul McDonough said this about the hire, via the team’s web site.

“In Diego we found a manager that fits our culture and has a strong desire to build a winning club for our fans. He brings a lot of experience and championship-winning mentality as we begin our drive to be among the best clubs in the Americas. We have big aspirations for our club and believe Diego has the right drive, passion and leadership to accomplish our goals.”

A well-traveled striker during his playing days, Alonso was capped eight times.

Alonso will have some interesting ingredients for his first team. There’s plenty of MLS experience in goalkeeper Luis Robles, defenders Roman Torres and Alvas Powell, and forward Juan Agudelo.

Teenage playmaker Matias Pellegrini is the club’s first Designated Player, and more are sure to come in January. Pedro has been most recently linked, joining a long list of names connected to David Beckham’s long-awaited MLS project.

Follow @NicholasMendola