Former England football team captain David Beckham’s Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise would be called Inter Miami CF. The full name of the team, Club Internacional de Futbol Miami, symbolises the strong Spanish-speaking community within the population of the Florida city. Talking about the crest of the team, Beckham said that he wanted “a South American flavour” in it.
Inter Miami are called ‘The Herons’ because of the two Great White Heron birds on their crest, with interlocking legs forming an “M” shape.
The Heron is a large, wading bird species that resides permanently in South Florida across the Miami-Fort Lauderdale region.
It’s also a symbol of the team’s ambition as it symbolizes power, protection, and patience in mythologies all over the world, and is often seen as a symbol of success.
The Heron was chosen as the team’s mascot in 2018, and the nickname has been embraced by Inter Miami fans, as it reflects the team’s location, its culture, and its ambitious goals.