By Official Florida FC
The mega club in Miami is gaining momentum.
Wednesday, Inter Miami announced Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino will be its third full-time head coach in its four seasons. Martino most recently led the Mexican national team at the 2022 World Cup.
Lionel Messi scored a goal and assisted another to help Argentina beat Mexico in Qatar.
As for Messi and Martino, this will be the third time the pair have worked together. Their previous ventures – with Barcelona and with the Argentine national team – did not lead to trophies.
At the club level, Martino was an emergency hire as Barcelona head coach Tito Vilanova was forced to resign due to health issues after helping Barcelona win La Liga in 2013. Martino was hired ahead of the 2013-14 La Liga season. Barcelona had a chance to win the league at the Camp Nou, but threw a way a one-goal lead in the final match of the season to Atletico Madrid to lose the title.
“We are very happy to be able to welcome Tata to Inter Miami. We feel he is a coach who matches our ambitions as a club and we’re optimistic about what we can accomplish together,” said Managing Owner Jorge Mas in a statement. “Tata has coached at the highest levels and we believe that experience will be hugely beneficial to us as we aim to compete for titles here.”
This is Martino’s second stint as a MLS head coach. He ushered Atlanta United into the league in 2017 and helped the Five Stripes win MLS Cup in 2018.
Inter Miami can only hope his return to MLS will result in more trophies. With the club in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals and the Leagues Cup kicking off in July, Inter Miami has a chance to win two this summer.