The ownership group behind Miami FC, the area's only professional soccer franchise, announced Thursday that it has acquired the popular Hispanic tournament Copa Latina and its parent company Se Habla Futbol.
Traffic Sports -- a Brazilian-based soccer club which owns Miami FC -- has purchased the ''Latin World Cup,'' and will keep on the tournament's founder, Tom Mulroy, as executive director of its nascent Grassroots Events and Sponsorship Activation Division.
In addition to fielding professional soccer teams, Traffic is in the player development business, and will get a close look at some of the area's best Hispanic talent. George Weah, who spent time in both the Premier League and La Liga, is among the hundreds of players of have competed in Copa Latina since its creation in 1993.
This year's tournament begins on March 6.