Inter Miami, the Major League Soccer club part owned by David Beckham, will play their first official game against Los Angeles FC on 1 March when the 2020 MLS season gets underway.
Inter Miami will play the first two games of their debut campaign on the road, before then hosting LA Galaxy on 14 March in their first ever match at the new Inter Miami Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, which is set to be the team’s home throughout 2020 and 2021.
LA FC are a formidable opponent for Miami’s ‘worldwide debut’. Led by former USMNT coach Bob Bradley, who was the first American to manage in the Premier League, LA lifted the 2019 MLS Supporters’ Shield after finishing top of the overall regular season standings.
The clash at the Banc of California Stadium will be the hottest ticket on opening weekend.
Miami have so far acquired 17 players ahead of their debut season, which features a mix of young South American talent and proven MLS veterans. Teenage Argentine midfielder Matias Pellegrini, signed from Estudiantes, is the first Miami player with a Designated Player tag.
Miami are not the only new club for next season, with Nashville SC to open their debut season at home against 2018 MLS Cup champions Atlanta United.
Miami have been assigned to the Eastern Conference, with Nashville added to the Western Conference. Their arrival has swelled MLS to 26 clubs and counting, with teams from Austin, St Louis and Sacramento also set to join the league in 2021 and 2022.
Each club will still play 34 regular season games, with guaranteed home and away fixtures against every other side within each conference. The extra 10 fixtures will be against teams from the opposite conference and will be confirmed when the full season schedule is released.
The top seven teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs, with the top ranked team in each automatically advancing to the Conference Semi-Finals.