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Inter Miami CF Sign Rodolfo Pizarro

For weeks there had been speculation surrounding Rodolfo Pizarro and his rumored move to Inter Miami. On Wednesday, C.F. Monterrey announced in a press release that Pizarro “unilaterally rescinds his contract with the club due to his wish to continue his sports career with the new MLS franchise in Miami.”

Although there is still no official word of the transfer fee, the number being thrown around is just shy of $12 million. The issues Inter ran into when going after Pizarro had mostly to do with the release clause and how much Paul McDonough was willing to spend. Monterrey was looking for a sum between $17 million and $20 million, but Miami was not spending that much. The Athletic reported that with the $12 million transfer fee, Inter Miami also gains 100% rights to Pizarro, meaning no sell-on clause. Miami had the option to trigger a fee around $10 million, but only retain 80% of Pizarro’s future transfer fee if he were to move on from MLS. Fans and media are still waiting on Inter Miami’s official announcement.

Rodolfo Pizarro – The Player

Pizarro will become Inter Miami’s second Designated Player, and are rumored to save the last spot for a European talent. At 25 years old, Pizarro is at a great spot in his career and has a lot to offer. On the ball, Pizarro is crafty, and loves shielding off defenders and plays low to the ground. His ability to retain possession going forward will offer the front line a lot of chances. Pizarro, when given a chance, also has the ability to score himself. Inside the box Pizarro knows how to find the back of the net.

Inter Miami head coach Diego Alonso is very familiar with Rodolfo Pizarro having coached him at Pachuca and Monterrey. Pizarro had become one of Liga MX’s top players under Alonso at such a young age, and he also became a regular with the Mexican National Team over the last couple years. His experience playing under Alonso and his talent will likely give him the starting role as Miami’s attacking midfielder. The signing could also allow Alonso to play his past desired formation, a 4-2-3-1, where the attacking midfield role is so critical.

Here is how Inter Miami CF could line up on March 1st

Head Coach: Diego Alonso

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Striker: Jerome Kiesewetter (Julian Carranza out 10-12 weeks with leg muscle injury.)

Left Winger: Matias Pellegrini

Attacking Midfielder: Rodolfo Pizarro

Right Winger: Lewis Morgan

Central Defensive Midfielders: Wil Trapp and Victor Ulloa

Left Back: Ben Sweat

Center Backs: Roman Torres and Nico Figal

Right Back: Alvas Powell

Goalkeeper: Luis Robles

You can check out the first ever Inter Miami Podcast, “The Black and Pink Show” over on Cinco Razones Deportes Network where the signing is discussed, as well as the starting XI. Included is also very insightful interview on Jerome Kiesewetter from his former club’s current podcast provider, Seriously Loco.

Inter Miami Target $15m Striker in Early MLS Show of Strength

The day of reckoning is closing in.

Very soon South Florida will finally have the MLS soccer side it has been craving.

There have been firm plans in place for a soccer team in Miami since early 2012 when MLS commissioner Don Garber confirmed the league’s interest in placing an expansion franchise in the city. David Beckham coming on board certainly helped smooth the process and as recently as December a new manager has been selected for the team.

CNN reported that former Uruguayan international Diego Alonso will take charge for their opening fixtures, the first of which comes away against Los Angeles FC. Beckham’s former club LA Galaxy is the first opponents at the Lockhart Stadium on March 14th.

Miami’s name takes inspiration from that of Italian side Inter Milan. Their full title is Football Club Internazionale Milano, whereas Miami’s full title is Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami, but the similarity between the names by which their known is recognizable. Like the major teams in Europe, Miami are now involved in transfer rumors and speculation.

With the squad already firmly in place, they are now looking to add a marquee signing to their ranks to help further boost their profile. They have already added two exciting young players via the first draft; with one, Robbie Robinson, having scored 24 goals in 47 appearances for Clemson Tigers. He represents real potential for the future of the U.S. National side.

Drafts are not something Europe is familiar with, but transfer speculation is, and this winter Inter Miami are involved in their fair share of chatter. Across in Europe, several major players are looking to move with Inter Milan keenly involved in a transfer tussle; bwin reported how the Italian giants are favorites to sign Danish star Christian Eriksen as they challenge for the title in Italy. The fee is thought to be around the €15m mark ($13m), the sort of fee that Miami are also being linked with spending.

They’re not likely to attract top European talent like Eriksen, yet, but it is suggested they might loan Celtic youngster Lewis Morgan. As well as that, they’re also being touted as a possible destination for Roger Martinez. MLS Soccer reports that he could be the subject of a $15m swoop ahead of the new season.

The 25-year-old is currently playing in Mexico with Club América where he’s hit 12 goals in 56 games, coming off the back of a loan spell in Spain with Villarreal. He’s a Colombian international too, having played 18 times for his country. He’s scored twice, once against Haiti but also getting the winner in a famous 1-0 victory against Argentina in this year’s Copa America.

There’s little doubt both targets are a real show of strength from Miami. Lewis Morgan is a hot prospect in Scotland and plays for arguably one of the biggest clubs in Europe in Celtic. If they could attract him, an exciting young prospect with international ambitions, it would send a signal to the rest of the MLS.

Not quite as much as a swoop for Martinez would. He’s a player that would undoubtedly be one of their key men and who could give them hope of some level of success in their inaugural MLS season.

Predicting Inter Miami’s First Picks in the SuperDraft

The flip of a coin and sending FC Cincinnati $150,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) has led to Inter Miami choosing first and third in the MLS SuperDraft.

Set to start at 12:30 PM today, the SuperDraft has left Inter fans with a lot of questions as to who the club will be taking first overall. The roster thus far has taken great shape, and Paul McDonough has had great success when it comes to roster building through the draft. There are three big names to be discussed that are all worthy of going first overall. Inter will look to get two of the three biggest prospects in college soccer.

The Three Top Prospects:

1. Forward, Daryl Dike – Virginia

Just two days ago, a major mix up in all mock drafts were announced as Daryl Dike signed the Generational adidas contract and then declared for the draft. He shot up all the boards and will leave Paul McDonough with a couple of big decisions this afternoon. As a sophomore, Dike played in 23 games at striker and finished with 10 goals and 8 assists, leading his team in both categories. He burst onto the scene and made himself a top prospect as he displayed great physical and technical ability in ACC play. Dike was also named NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Tournament Most Outstanding Player on the offensive side after leading Virginia to the final, in which he scored but still finished runner-up after penalties. He is extremely dominant on the ball and his hold up play seemed second to none. Dike also excelled in link up play as he showed great strength and even immense speed on the ball at times. He also proved to be a more polished finisher than the previous season.

2. Forward, Robbie Robinson – Clemson

Then there’s the South Carolina native who opened everyone’s eyes and had the best season of any Division I player this year. Robbie Robinson finished his Junior year with 18 goals and 9 assists in just 18 games played. The goal number is tied for first in the country, and the assist number is tied for 10th. Robinson was by far the best striker in the NCAA and took home many awards including the equivalent to a Heisman trophy, the 2019 Hermann Award. Robinson also has experience with Charleston Battery, a USL Championship side. Following his first season with Clemson in 2017, Robinson suffered an injury which left him to sit his entire sophomore year. It proved to be the most minor of setbacks as we can all see what he did the following season. He stands just as tall as Dike at 6’2, but is listed at 170 lbs. Dike on the other hand weighs in at 220 lbs, a huge difference. The style of play differs greatly, as Robinson takes the pacey, prolific approach while Dike excels in hold up play and uses his strength and speed to gain the advantage on any defender.

3. Defender, Jack Maher – Indiana

Enough about goalscoring, should Paul McDonough secure Inter Miami’s back line with the most promising defender in all of college soccer? Jack Maher was the recipient of many awards, just like the two previous names, including All Big Ten First team. The Indiana defense, led by Maher only gave up 16 goals in 22 games. Maher even contributed to points this year as he ended the season with 4 goals and 2 assists, and 3 of those goals were game winners. Maher has also been looked at greatly as a national team talent, as he’s been called up to he U-18’s and U-23’s this early in his young career. The proven 20 year old looks to be a top 3 pick and will push to be a starter early in his MLS career.

And with the number one pick…

Paul McDonough should take Jack Maher. Their defensive signings so far have been solid, but when MLS defenses run thin, it’s hard to compete. Maher, under the guidance of Roman Torres or even talent alone could develop into a premier center back. Defenders from the SuperDraft are known to pan out much better than attackers do.

And unless Inter are extremely in love with either Robinson or Dike, Maher at number one makes the most sense. Let Nashville choose their striker at number two, that’s okay. The fact that both players are comparable enough to argue shows why taking Maher at number one seems most logical. There are plenty of center backs but none come close to Maher. Of all defenders even, Maher is the clear cut first choice and it’d be a shock to see any defender go before him. If Inter weren’t to have the 3rd pick, maybe taking one of these high profile strikers would be the logical choice. But they do have it, and this 3rd pick gives them an automatic bid at one of the two.

Now with the third pick, who do Inter want more, Robinson or Dike? In an ideal scenario, Inter ends up with Maher at number one and Dike at number three. Dike’s style of play is extremely appealing, and his physical presence exceeds any of the three forwards’ on the roster right now. When it comes to overall prospects, Dike is first on the board, Robinson is second, and Maher is third.

If Inter take Maher first, they could secure the top defender along with a top forward instead of risking losing Maher to Nashville with the second pick.

Walking out of this draft with Maher and Dike or Robinson would boost this roster in terms of depth and young talent with many more moves still up Paul McDonough’s sleeve.

 

 

Jerome Kiesewetter Set to Join Inter Miami

In the week before the MLS Expansion Draft, Inter Miami CF have made multiple moves to bolster up their team going into the club’s first year. They’ve now added their 9th player to the official inaugural roster, Jerome Kiesewetter.

Kiesewetter is no stranger to American soccer or joining clubs in their first year as he spent last season with El Paso Locomotive FC in the USL Championship. El Paso’s inaugural year was quite the success. After making it to the Western Conference Semi-Final, their entire season was led by the 12 goals Kiesewetter scored in 28 games. As the top goalscorer, Kiesewetter went through the year looking like a reliable striker when he was healthy. He did battle injury along the way, but he showed consistent form when he returned to the pitch.

At 26 years of age, Kiesewetter’s experience is well surprising. Before playing with Locomotive last year, he was with Fortuna Düsseldorf of the Bundesliga for two years. And years before that he climbed through the ranks of German soccer starting in youth academies and eventually making his way to the first division.

His 17 caps with the US Men’s U-23 side and 2 caps with the National Team, are another great feat in Kiesewetter’s young career. He’s scored a total of 8 goals playing with various US Men’s sides. This, along with top tier soccer in Germany, seem to prove as worthy experience as Beckham looks to bring in goal scoring threats to his first Inter Miami side.

Inter Miami also went on to acquire Grant Lillard, an experienced MLS defender before the Expansion Draft that takes place this Tuesday. With nine players set to already join, and a potential five more to be added Tuesday, the roster has finally taken shape.

Fans now wait for the much anticipated coach and “star” to be announced.

 

Inter Miami gets first big win

As incoming teams, Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC both took part in the Expansion Priority draft in New York City today.

As results of a coin toss, the clubs would alternate picks choosing five different ways to help start building their teams.

  1. Number 1 pick in 2019 MLS Expansion Draft
  2. Number 1 pick in 2020 MLS SuperDraft
  3. Number 1 position in Allocation Ranking Order
  4. Penultimate position in MLS Re-Entry and End-of-year Waiver Order
  5. Penultimate position in Discovery Player Ranking

The coin flip was in Inter Miami’s favor, and the club walked away from New York City with both the first pick in the Expansion Draft and the first pick in the SuperDraft. They’ll be able to secure their most favored target with MLS experience and also take their top ranked rookie, barring any trades.

 

Inter Miami have already started building up their roster and have been linked to some major moves. With top priority in both of these drafts, the pieces seem to be falling well for Inter in its inaugural season.

 

The 2019 MLS Expansion Draft will take place on November 19th where both Inter Miami and Nashville will be coming away with up to five players from teams already in the MLS (Exempt teams are D.C. United, Vancouver Whitecaps, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, and the New York Red Bulls.) Only 12 players are allowed to be protected by each team, so it seems almost a sure thing MLS proven talent will be headed to South Beach.

 

David Beckham no ha vendido sus acciones en el Inter Miami

David Beckham sigue siendo uno de los dueños del Internacional de Miami.

Jurgen Mainka, chief business officer, desmientió el rumor sobre la venta de acciones de David Beckham en el Internacional de Miami en el programa radial Rush Deportivo con Ricardo Montes de Oca y Leandro Soto en la 990 ESPN Deportes

“Es simple y claro. El diario AS está incorrecto. Beckham no ha vendido ninguna de sus acciones. Ya conversamos con el diario, y ya ha publicado nuestro punto de vista. No lo han impulsado igual, pero pueden verlo en su portal. Según ellos, les llegó por una fuente, pero es totalmente incorrecta, errónea,” dijo Mainka.

David Beckham había estado en Miami hace unas semanas en los primeros duelos interescuadras en Broward, y ahora se encuentra en Europa trabajando en conseguir posibles jugadores para el equipo, que debuta en la MLS en 2020.

Estos veranos hay mucha acción de futbol y estamos siguiendo de cerca todas las competiciones que se están disputando

David Beckham y los planes en el Freedom Park

Hace una semana el Inter le envió la propuesta de contrato a la ciudad de Miami para lo que será el Miami Freedom Park.

Mainka dio los detalles del nuevo parque, que va mas allá del estadio de fútbol profesional, e invitó a la fanaticada del Sur de Florida a visitar la página miamifreedompark.com para conocer todos los detalles.

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Mas: Inter Miami aspira ser el equipo global de la MLS

Inter Miami tiene todo para convertirse en el equipo global de la MLS.

Eso lo tiene claro Jorge Mas, quien sigue dando la cara por el Inter Miami en los diferentes medios de la ciudad.

El empresario de origen cubano conversó con Carinés Moncada y Agustín Acosta en su programa Cada Tarde en Actualidad 1040AM, saliendo al paso a las declaraciones del comisionado Manolo Reyes, confirmando que el Inter Miami va a tener un equipo de la MLS en Miami, además de equipos en todas las categorías de divisiones inferiores.

“Vamos a tener equipos en nuestra academia con niños de entre 12 y 19 años. Vamos a tener nuestra propia cantera, muy al estilo de los equipos europeos y sudamericanos.”

Inter Miami Global

El fútbol en los Estados Unidos sigue creciendo de manera impresionante, y el éxito que ha tenido la nueva franquicia en Cincinnati con el FC Cincinnati le pone cada vez mas alta la barra a los inversionistas dueños del Inter Miami.

Para Mas y su grupo de socios, Inter Miami tiene las condiciones de ser el equipo global de la MLS. Y esa es su aspiración, mas allá de convertir al Inter en el mejor equipo sobre el terreno.

“Miami es una ciudad global, con una fanaticada con una pasión extraordinaria. Miami es una ciudad única en este panorama de los Estados Unidos. Somos un mosaico cultural precioso”

Miami es una ciudad en la que la mayoría son hispanos, con muchos inmigrantes que fueron acogidos buscando una segunda o tercera oportunidad en la vida. Mas proviene de una familia así.

“Empecé a jugar beisbol. No soy experto en el soccer, pero amo a mi ciudad, y quería traer a un equipo de primera categoría a Miami. Por eso me involucré”.

El empresario explica que este proceso empezó hace seis años, cuando Beckham escogió a la ciudad de Miami para ejercer el derecho que le había dado la MLS cuando él vino a jugar en los Estados Unidos con el LA Galaxy en 2007.

El rol de Beckham en el Inter Miami

David Beckham es la cara mas conocida de este proyecto y ha usado toda su influencia mediática para poder llevar adelante este proceso, a pesar de todas las dificultades que se le han presentado en el camino.

Algunos dijeron que Beckham era solo eso. Una cara. Pero Mas dice que eso no es así exactamente.

“David Beckham ama a esta ciudad. No solo es uno de los dueños, también tiene un rol activo diariamente. Él está encargado de las operaciones de fútbol. En estos momentos está enfocado en contratar al que será el director técnico del equipo y está escogiendo jugadores.”

Beckham jugó en los mejores clubes del mundo, incluyendo el Real Madrid en España, el Manchester United en Inglaterra, el Milan de Italia y el PSG de Francia.

“Con su trayectoria de haber jugado en los mejores equipos del mundo, hay docenas de jugadores que están hablando con él pues quieren venir a jugar acá en Miami. Él está involucrado día a día. Tenemos una ventaja de tener una figura como Beckham con nosotros.”

Cuánto le cuesta el Inter Miami a la ciudad

René Pedrosa, director de comunicaciones de la alcaldía de Miami, confirmó que este es un proyecto en el que los contribuyentes no van a tener que pagar ni un centavo, y que va a generar miles de empleos permanentes que pagarán al menos 15$ la hora.

Mas, por su parte, habló de lo que va a tener el parque en el que estará el estadio del equipo, que incluye canchas públicas, un hotel y caminerías para el uso de los habitantes de la gran Miami, entre otras cosas.

Los dueños de este equipo son empresarios en el área de la tecnología. Mas espera que el Miami Freedom Park no solo sirva para entretenimiento, sino también para que empresas transnacionales hagan negocios.

“Soñamos en grande. Queremos crear un área de entretenimiento amplia, en la que la gente puedan ir a entretenerse comiendo en restaurantes, justo al lado del mayor motor económico de la ciudad, que es el aeropuerto de Miami. Además, pensamos en la posibilidad de que se aprovechen esos espacios para que sean las sedes de empresas en esa área. Todo será financiado privadamente.”

Dinero para Miami

El arrendamiento de estas tierras es de 99 años. El terreno seguirá siendo de la ciudad de Miami, que va a recibir al menos $3.5 millones anuales por ese alquiler.

Pero esos tres millones no será lo único que perciba la ciudad. Mas prevé que pueden generarse mas de $40 millones entre la ciudad, la junta escolar, el condado Miami-Dade y el estado de Florida.

Todo eso, sin sumarle los empleos. Según Mas, el monto de ganancias podría llegar hasta los $100 millones anuales.

“Será el único estadio que pague arrendamiento por su tierra y pague impuestos de propiedad.”

Además, los inversionistas van a pagar por la limpieza del terreno y prepararla para que se pueda construir un proyecto de esta índole, tomando en cuenta las limitaciones que hay con respecto a los diseños en esa área, por la proximidad al aeropuerto.

Visitando la página web MiamiFreedomPark.com usted puede ver todos los detalles de este proyecto., en inglés, español y creole.

El tráfico de Miami y el Miami Freedom Park

Hay una preocupación genuina del impacto que puede tener este proyecto en las comunidades adyacentes, sobretodo con respecto al tráfico.

“Lo primero que dije cuando vi los planos del proyecto es que éste no podía interrumpir en lo absoluto la entrada y la salida del aeropuerto de Miami. En ninguna hora del día.”

Mas afirma que el mismo está pensado con una entrada en la 42, en el norte de la ciudad, que está diseñada para no tener ningún impacto con el tráfico que entra y sale del aeropuerto.

“Las entradas por el sur de la 14 no va a afectar a ningún vecino entrando o saliendo de su casa.  Son áreas comerciales. Dentro del proyecto hay mas de dos millas y media de carretera dentro del parque queing. El tráfico va a estar dentro del proyecto, no afuera.”

Con los vecinos se ha hecho un estudio para que los días de los juegos los carros no puedan pasar por la 37, ni puedan estacionar en esa calle. “Es un estudio exhaustivo. Vamos a tener un plan en el que el tráfico no va a ser un problema ni un obstáculo para llevar esto a cabo. Yo vivo aquí,” afirma Mas, confiado en que los vecinos no sufrirán los días de los juegos, como sucede en el Marlins Park.

¿Ayudará al transporte público?

Jorge Mas dice que este proyecto incentivará el uso del transporte público.

Dudar es normal, pues en Miami siempre se ha dicho eso, y la situación sigue empeorando en ese sentido.

Una ventaja de este proyecto, según Mas, es que va a tener un impacto positivo sobre el transporte público.  “Al norte de la propiedad está el metro. Esperamos que mas de la tercera parte de los fanáticos lleguen ahí. Puente peatonal para que la gente pueda cruzar por encima de la 21.”

Ojalá sea todo un éxito, y no termine Miami con otro estadio semivacío, que solo ocasiona tráfico, como nuestro querido Marlins Park.

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Stejskal: Inter Miami may outspend MLS clubs

MLSSoccer.com’s national reporter Sam Stejskal joined the Pitch Invasion podcast this week to discuss his latest reporting on Inter Miami, the new MLS team coming to South Florida in 2020.

With all of the talk about stadiums and politics, the club are in the process of putting together an expansion roster for next season. How will they do it? And perhaps more importantly, how much are David Beckham, Jorge Mas and the team of owners willing to spend to turn this club into an immediate winner?

Stejskal thinks it could be on the level of the biggest spenders in MLS.

Everything I’ve heard and the expectation around the league from other GMs and different sources is that it will be an Atlanta type spend and they might even spend more.

The Atlanta comparison is a giant one. Atlanta United have sent shockwaves through MLS with their spending in their 2+ years of existence. They’ve forked over tens of millions of dollars in transfer fees in 3 years, while also paying those players 7 figure salaries to go with them.

No club in the history of MLS has been more ambitious with spending money than Atlanta, led by owner Arthur Blank also of the Falcons. And if Inter Miami are prepared to play in this game, they could be winning trophies as quickly as Atlanta did, as they won MLS Cup in just their 2nd ever season.