There was no opening day Major League Soccer miracle for David Beckham yet the former England captain wouldn't have been disheartened.
Beckham’s new Inter Miami side finally took to the field after six long years of uncertainty and although the Manchester United legend, sat in the stands here with wife Victoria, failed to witness a dream denouement, he would have left the excellent, raucous Banc of America stadium enthused.
A moment of pure class from former Arsenal striker Carlos Vela settled matters, the Mexican international wonderfully chipping the ball over Miami keeper Luis Robles for the only goal of a lively game.
David Beckham was suited and booted for Inter Miami's first ever MLS game on Sunday
Beckham watched on from stands alongside wife, Victoria, during clash with Los Angeles FC
Gordon Ramsay was seen chatting to Beckham as he showed his support ahead of game
Carlos Vela's stunning chip on 44 minutes saw Inter Miami fall to a narrow 1-0 defeat
Yet on another day, and with perhaps a few more miles in the team’s legs and a touch more ruthlessness, Inter Miami could have grabbed a draw to put the seal on an impressive start to their MLS adventure.
Argentine winger Matias Pellegrini, star signing Rodolfo Pizarro and American striker Robbie Robinson all went close but not close enough for Beckham’s team who now travel to DC United next weekend before a grand home opener at their new look Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale against LA’s other team, the Galaxy.
The Banc of California Stadium is just what the 300 hardy souls who made the 4,000 mile round trip from Miami want in their own backyard - a noisy, atmospheric, downtown location to be proud of.
The Mexican forward showed his class and his goal proved to be the difference
Inter Miami fans made plenty of noise as they turned out in numbers for club's first ever game
There was a party atmosphere in the stands but the team could not back it up
This, however, was finally the day to forget about all the logistical problems and concentrate on what really matters most right now - winning games of football.sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read more
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