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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 Take Robbie Robinson, Dylan Nealis in MLS SuperDraft

Paul McDonough takes talent. Inter Miami’s Sporting Director has proven yet again that talent is most important when solidifying a roster. By taking Robbie Robinson first overall, McDonough made sure he got the top talent in the draft, and still walked out with a top defender in Dylan Nealis with the third overall pick.

Robbie Robinson is a 6’2 forward from Clemson University who dominated all year long. His 27 goal contributions (18 goals, 9 assists) in just 19 games led the country. Those numbers solidified Robinson as the top player in all of college soccer.

He was named the 2019 Hermann Trophy winner, the top prize in NCAA. Robinson led Clemson to an ACC Final appearance this year along with a Quarterfinal run in the NCAA Tournament. His quickness and will to get in behind defenders was a vital component to one of the best offenses in the country. But how will that style of play translate to MLS?

New head coach Diego Alonso is known for an attacking style of soccer. Alonso will likely use a 4-2-3-1 in which the front four are interchangable. Robinson at Clemson showed that he can be useful as a centre forward or on the wings. With Jerome Kiesewetter, Juan Agudelo, and Julian Carranza on the roster right now, it seems Carranza will carry the lone striker role. Both Agudelo and Kiesewetter have had roles in their past as wingers, but also as centre forwards, and Alonso could use this versatility in his tactics. With a versatile attacking mindset, Robbie Robinson will get his chance and Alonso’s style of play could suit him.

Nashville went on to take Jack Maher with the second pick and left Inter Miami with an easy decision. If it wasn’t going to be Maher, the next best defender in the draft was Dylan Nealis, a full back from Georgetown. Georgetown won the 2019 NCAA Championship under Nealis’ leadership and Nealis was named the top defensive player of the tournament. He had also won back to back Big East Defensive Player of the Year awards prior to being selected by Inter Miami. He will give the already signed right back, Alvas Powell, competition for starting minutes.

Inter Miami’s defensive names give the roster depth at the back line and this pick solidifies that. When an MLS defense runs thin due to injury or lack of talent, it is hard to compete in the league. With a lot of games to play this season, throughout the summer and US Open Cup matches, depth along the backline is important and McDonough turned that $150,000 in General Allocation Money into a great pick.

It is worth noting that both Nealis and Robinson are members of the 2020 Generational Adidas Class, and their salaries will not be put against the budget. This will help McDonough make a couple more non-Designated Player signings in order to use up the budget and add talent.

As the draft finished, McDonough was asked questions about the clubs last two DP slots. He was quoted saying, “The goal is to fill now… and be successful from Day 1. If you want to sign a DP in the summer, the impact he can have would be very minimal.”

“We’ve got an international winger that we’ve agreed, we’re doing personal terms with. We have a DP striker that we’ve agreed (a fee) with the club, trying to see if we can get personal terms done.”

That tells fans two things. David Silva in the summer is unlikely unless they miss on filling both DP slots, and that there’s more exciting news to come. Has this roster building process and the come up of the club felt a bit slow? Yes. Has it been underwhelming? Most certainly not.

The roster after the SuperDraft has been filled with more youth talent, and the amount of MLS veterans on the roster combined with the youth has great potential.

Inter Miami’s first ever game will be out in Los Angeles on March 1st against LAFC at the Banc of California Stadium. They will then head to D.C. before coming home for their first ever game against LA Galaxy on March 14th.

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.

 

 

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.

 

Silva signing shows Inter Miami roster coming together

The Independent has reported that Inter Miami CF are likely to sign David Silva. From the beginning the club was almost built off the idea that they would bring in at least one major name to be the face of the franchise.

David Silva, a World Cup winner and recent Premier League champion, and someone who at the age of 33 played in over 40+ games for the champions of English soccer, is an ideal place to start.

Since 2010, Silva has been a dominant player for Manchester City whos been very consistent at the highest level.

After his arrival from Valencia, City have won four Premier League titles with Silva making a major impact every year. He’s a creative midfielder who excels at keeping the ball at his feet and is one to make all the right passes.

If Silva joins Inter Miami, owners David Beckham and Jorge Mas will be looking to build a team around his quality midfield abilities.

That team that will allegedly be around Silva has already taken shape. Matias Pellegrini, Julián Carranza, Christian Makoun, David Norman Jr. and Miami Native George Acosta are the first five official signings, with Pellegrini being the first reported designated player for Inter. Silva would likely take up the second of the three DP spots on the roster.

A designated player on an MLS roster is one whose earnings do not count fully towards the salary budget. The MLS allows teams up to three players per roster to be these said designated players, and clubs will use these spots for known stars and incoming young talent.

In Pellegrini’s case, he will be considered a young designated player, and the salary charged to the budget will be $150,000. For someone like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who will make over $7 million this year from LA Galaxy, the club’s salary budget is only charged $480,625. The MLS salary budget for the clubs senior roster, up to 20 players, is $4,240,000.

At 19 years of age, Matias Pellegrini will be joining Inter Miami from Estudiantes, an Argentine first division side. In his first season with Estudiantes he was responsible for 4 goals and 1 assist in 19 games. He’s a young talent who is bound to be developed by Inter, and he’ll have to look forward to playing on the left wing next to Julián Carranza, who happens to be Argentine as well.

Also 19, Julián Carranza is heading to Miami from Club Atlético Banfield, another Argentine first division side. Carranza is a young talent who worked his way up from Banfield’s U20 side all the way to the first team in a matter of a couple years.

The last two seaons, Carranza has played in a total of 32 games for Banfield, and has managed to slot in 19 goals and give off 9 assists on top of that. An extremely impressive record at any level of football. He’ll look to be that goal scoring threat for Inter come 2020.

Christian Makoun, another 19 year old (are we seeing a pattern here?), is a center back who will be coming over to South Florida after playing with Juventus in Italy, and Zamora, a club from his home country of Venezuela.

This was Inter Miami’s first defensive signing, and like their first pair of players, will look to be developed as a young star in the club’s early years.

The first North American acquisition for Inter happens to be a Canadian International whos currently on loan at Pacific FC.

David Norman Jr. plays in the Canadian Premier League, but has been on the mainstage of the MLS whilst playing for Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The 21 year old is a known attacking midfield player, whos had 3 appearances for the Canadian U23 side.

And with the clubs most recent signing, they’ve decided to sign yet another 19 year old player, George Acosta. A United States international whos hometown happens to be Miami, Acosta will be headed over from Austin Bold FC, a USL Championship club. Acosta has spent time in Argentina playing with Boca Juniors, and scored a goal in the U17 World Cup with the US.

It seems as though youth is the priority here, and the five officially announced young players will be joining Inter Miami CF in January 2020.

If David Silva were to sign, he’d likely miss a couple of months of the season as the Premier League would be in full swing come January. A mid season transfer for Silva in the Summer Window of 2020 is something for Inter fans to really get excited for. If not, youth talent and the conception of an MLS club in South Florida has already seemed to do the trick.

 

David Silva and his magic will join Inter Miami

The Spanish midfielder David Silva will play in Miami next year.

Miami announced Edinson Cavani as the first major name that will come to play for the new MLS franchise, and this is now getting very interesting.

But who’s David Silva? Some might ask…

Silva fits perfectly with the typical new MLS team.

A veteran with still a lot to give to soccer, after winning championships with Spain and in England with Manchester City.

The David Silva Magic

Silva was once compared to Lionel Messi and is one of Pep Guardiola’s favorite players. That lefty magic that Spain always needed, since Messi couldn’t play with them.

Guardiola’s goodbye to David Silva

David Silva just plays better soccer than the others. That was the key for him to have such a great career in Europa, according to Pep Guardiola.

Now, it’s time for him to come shine to the United States.

The original news came from England, in an exclusive report by The Independent. A place that will remember him as a key piece to achieve championships.

Silva’s signing is great. Probably the best signing they could have, along with Cavani, unless somebody like Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi come along next year.

Maybe in three or four.

But now, we have another important name for the roster.

We’re still missing a key factor, though. Who’s going to coach this team?

 

We will be following Inter Miami from the beginning of their route to a championship (maybe before Marlins and Dolphins, or even the Miami Heat, get close to it. Make sure to follow Bruno Gomez, Ricardo Montes de Oca, Leandro Soto and Alejandro Villegas in Cinco Razones. They’ll be the ones covering the team closely. 

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.

Ricardo Montes de Oca y Leandro Soto are breaking news nowadays, and you can check them out listening to Cinco Razones Podcast with Alejandro Villegas clicking here

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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Demolition At Lockhart Begins As Inter Miami Start 2020 Ticket Sales

The clock starts now for Inter Miami. Their inaugural MLS season is due to kick off in 10 months, and for the first time today we saw signs of construction. Or rather demolition. The club held a ceremony for the beginning of the work to be done at Lockhart Stadium.

They’ll probably have to work at a quicker rate of speed than that original thunk of a dilapidated ticket booth if they are to destroy Lockhart, Fort Lauderdale Stadium, and get an 18,000 seat stadium built in time for next season. But, if you’re interested in buying tickets for a yet to be constructed stadium, you can do so now.

While demolition begins today, at the moment Inter Miami only have a temporary agreement with the City of Fort Lauderdale to demolish the two stadiums that currently sit there. A full agreement for construction and occupancy is still being ironed out. Mayor Dean Trantalis told me today that those talks are going well and as long as Inter follow the city’s codes, it should go ahead as planned.

Inter Miami Sporting Director: When We Call, Players Will Come

On this week’s edition of the Pitch Invasion podcast, Inter Miami Sporting Director Paul McDonough sat down with me to talk about the future of the club.

We were at Central Broward Regional Park to watch the tryouts for the Inter Miami academy, which is due to start later this year.

But we also got to discussing how this MLS expansion club will be built, and specifically how the Designated Player spots will be used.

For the uninitiated, MLS does have a salary cap. But the league allows its teams to buy up to 3 players that can go over the salary cap to an unlimited amount of salary.

And McDonough doesn’t think Miami will have any trouble attracting some of the best in the soccer world.

“I think Miami is going to be a place where when we pick the phone up and call people, they’re going to want to come.

So I think designated players that are DP’s in other teams within MLS won’t be DP’s here. I think the DP’s have to be a certain level of player.

A global player.

A global superstar.

Or young exciting players that we buy, play for us for a couple of years, and then move to Europe.”

Inter’s choices for who will be the first Designated Players to play for the club will go a long way in determining their success both on and off the field.