MIAMI SHORES, Fla. (January 21, 2020) —
With the squad assembled yesterday, preseason for Inter Miami’s first season officially got under way, as the team trained together alongside Head Coach Diego Alonso and the rest of their new coaching staff at Barry University.
Over the weekend, players passed their medical examinations at Baptist Health.
“It’s real. Every day we do something, every milestone we hit, everything becomes more real,” said Inter Miami CF Sporting Director Paul McDonough.
First came a series of warm up drills. Next, the team began some technical skill training jumped with ball work, practicing their passing and movement patterns while receiving a good degree of tactical instruction from Alonso. The coach made sure to involve players from every position in these drills, which moved through different phases with touches and passes available for defenders, midfielders and forwards alike.
One of the best moments yesterday involved Julián Carranza, the 19-year-old Argentine forward. During a drill, he curled a first-time left-footed strike into the top-left corner of the net, a trajectory that left the keeper no chance to make a save.
The players looked sharp on the ball, Lee Nguyen in particular, though Matías Pellegrini and Juan Agudelo also had some good drills.
“I’m very very excited,” said Pellegrini. “It’s the first day in this great club. I’ve been waiting for this moment for a while and we can’t wait to get started.”
Goalkeepers also had some intense training on the first day. Luis Robles rotated with Bryan Meredith and John McLaughlin, and all made some good saves during the drills. In addition to participating in the team drills, goalkeepers did extra work in a separate area, practicing both shot stopping and passing technique.
“It’s almost like the first day of school,” said Robles. “I think everyone is really excited to be on the field.”
Following the completion of these drills the players it was time to do some cool down, with stretching. This was followed by a team talk, and with that, the first training session in the history of Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami was completed.
Historical First-Ever Training Session
The team continues training this week at Barry University before embarking on a trip around Florida. Inter Miami will travel to Port Saint Lucie and Bradenton where it will train from January 25 to February 6. The team will then train at the Inter Miami CF Training Complex in Fort Lauderdale for the first time beginning on February 7 before hitting the road again on February 14. After that, the team travels to Saint Petersburg, where it will take part in the Rowdies Suncoast Invitational, playing friendly matches against the Philadelphia Union and the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Those two matches are free to the public.