By Jessica Sanchez and Mike S Payton, Contributing Reporters
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – Last month the Miami Beach Club de Fútbol (MBFC) announced a new partnership with Massimo Nicastro and his company Nicastro Group, who acquired the majority of the club. The team has been actively promoting as they prepare to compete in the 2020 Spring Season as part of the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL).
Massimo Nicastro said in the press release, “I’m thrilled to announce that I’m the main investor of this wonderful project. We have a lot to do in order to make our plans a reality in a few years, professional soccer in Miami Beach will be a reality.”
The MBCF is the first-ever Miami Beach’s professional soccer team, and new member of the UPSL since July, set to compete in the Florida South Section. Nicastro added, “As the first and only team in Miami Beach we are working hand to hand with the City which we will be proud to represent!”
Founded in 2018 by Tony Iafrate and Filippo Bertolini, the club will keep Iafrate on as the CEO who will continue to run the operation. After finishing the deal last month, Iafrate shared his excitement.
“I am very honored that we decided to invest on this project which was started by a few. With Nicastro Group, the future of our team will be very bright and very professional, there may not be a limit,” said Iafrate.
The UPSL club membership includes over 300 teams nationally as the league is affiliated with U.S. Soccer and USASA. The UPSL operates with a Promotion-Relegation system and runs two playing seasons in a twelve-month window.
In July, UPSL Conference Manager Cristian Vallejos said, “UPSL Florida continues to grow with quality from all around the state. We are pleased to welcome Miami Beach Club de Fútbol to the UPSL.”
Adding, “Owners Tony Iafrate and Filippo Bertolini have strong connections to the Italian soccer community, and a strong plan for the future. We wish Miami Beach CF the best of luck as it prepares to kick off with the 2020 Spring Season.”
Filippo Bertolini serves as President of MBCF and said in the July interview, “I strongly believe in the potential of soccer in the United States, and we are fascinated by the opportunities that Miami Beach can offer.”
Mitchell Torres serves as Vice President, Operations Manager and Community Outreach Director for Miami Beach CF. “He’s been a vital part of the local South Florida soccer renaissance, and we are excited to see what the future holds as we begin to write our own history,” Iafrate said.
Co-Founder Lorenzo Bertolini is located in Italy, where he manages the club’s public relations among Italian professional soccer clubs. Gabriele Nobile, from Rome, currently resides in Miami Beach, and serves as Marketing and Sales Director for Miami Beach CF.
Miami Beach CF intends to create a youth academy and currently is exploring affiliation options with a number of Italian professional clubs.
“We are organizing our soccer academy in the best way possible. We believe that the youth setup is a must, and should be the core business of all soccer clubs all over the world,” Iafrate said.
In July, MBFC announced they will host tryouts beginning in September, but those interested can follow their social media for updates.