MIAMI, Fla. – Inter Miami CF announced Monday it had named Diego Alonso as the club’s first head coach ahead of its inaugural Major League Soccer season.
The 44-year-old Uruguayan hopes to bring an attractive attacking style to Inter Miami.
“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,” Inter Miami CF sporting director Paul McDonough said. “We have big aspirations for our club and believe Diego has the right drive, passion and leadership to accomplish our goals.”
Alonso joins Inter Miami after a stint in Mexico, where he won three titles, qualified his teams to two FIFA Club World Cups, reached two cup finals and developed some of the country’s best players in five years.
Most recently, he led C.F. Monterrey from May 2018 until September 2019. He guided the team to the Concacaf Champions League title, triumphing over rivals Tigres UANL in the final May. The victory earned Rayados a spot in the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup. Alonso also led the team to the 2018 Copa MX Apertura final in his first year. Alonso directed Monterrey for 72 games as the team tallied 118 goals and conceding 80 en route to a 39-20-13 mark.
Prior to taking the job with Monterrey, Alonso spent over three years as head coach of Liga MX side C.F. Pachuca, taking over in December 2014. He guided the team to the 2016 Liga MX Clausura league title and a 2017 Copa MX Apertura runner-up finish. He also led Pachuca to the 2016-17 CCL title, which qualified the team for the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup. Los Tuzos then achieved a historic third-place finish for the first time in the competition.
Alonso is the only head coach in history to win the CCL with two teams and is only the second current MLS coach to have won the competition, in its current format.