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September 5, 2018: The Day “Fútbol Miami” Became Inter Miami CF

Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami Revealed On This Day in 2018.

Miami, Fla. (Thursday, September 5, 2019) – Russo Soccer –

Inter Miami Hoy: Today, we look back at the day a global brand was born.

One year ago today in the early morning hours of September 5, 2018, Miami’s Major League Soccer team, which had until then only been known as “Fútbol Miami,” finally revealed its official name and colours in an elaborate and unique way. After months of polls, debates and suggestions, a brand had been born, one which does Miami proud.

Read more about this historic milestone on how Fútbol Miami became Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami on the Russo Soccer webpage by clicking this link: The Day A Brand Was Born. Nameday.

“Magesterial” Media Group Assembled For Inter Miami

MIAMI, Fla. (March 27, 2020) —

Ray Hudson (@RayHudson), a native of the Newcastle suburb of Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England, has built a career around soccer as a player, coach and TV commentator. He began as a midfielder playing for different teams in Europe and the U.S. over a span of 17 years between 1974 and 1991. It was at Newcastle United in England where Hudson began his professional career at the age of 17 in 1973. as well as the former NASL side Fort Lauderdale Strikers, where he racked up more than 150 appearances. One of the most recognisable broadcasters in world soccer, Ray was the head coach of MLS’s first Fort Lauderdale team, the Miami Fusion, from 1998 to 2001.

Hudson will serve as a colour commentator for Inter Miami matches on the club’s local television broadcasts. An avid FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi fan, Hudson time and time again has produced iconic quote after iconic quote about the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, like this gem:

“Centipedes fantasise about having one left leg as good as his.”

Ray Hudson, commenting on beIN Sports about Leo Messi

Ray is known for his unorthodox style and sizzling smiles through his work at beIN Sports, where he largely calls La Liga matches along with another great, Phil Schoen. He also works for Sirius XM, and he dubs himself a “verbal gymnast” on his own Twitter bio.

It was thus only fitting that the league’s return to South Florida involved Hudson in some capacity.

Fernando Fiore (@FernandoFiore), known as “El Presidente,” is a two-time Emmy Award-winning broadcaster, who co-hosts and contributes to Fox Soccer’s portfolio of elite football events, including the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2016 Copa America Centenario. During the Russia World Cup, Fiore co-hosted the nightly recap show WORLD CUP TONIGHT from Red Square in Moscow.

Prior to making the crossover to English language television for the 2016 Cola America Centenario, Fiore, had spent his distinguished career working exclusively on Spanish-language television. His esteemed career spans nearly 30 years.

Prior to joining FOX Sports, Fiore worked for Univision, covering a wide range of assignments as a studio host and reporter. During his time with the network, Fiore covered FIFA World Cups, Olympic Games, Copa Libertadores Finals, International Championships and multiple high-profile championship boxing bouts. He hosted some of the most recognised programs in Spanish-language television including Republica Deportiva Univision’s flagship weekly sports program from its debut in 1999 until his departure in 2014.

Photo: Inter Miami CF

Fiore began his broadcasting career as a reporter for the news magazine program “Dia a Dia,” then went on to host “Lente Loco” and later “Fuera de Serie,” which he co-hosted alongside actress Sofia Vergara.

In 2006, Fiore authored his first book “The World Cup: The Ultimate Guide to the Greatest Sports Spectacle in the World,” providing an in-depth look into the history of the FIFA World Cup, its teams and players, which quickly became a huge success.

He has developed a style all his own over the years. In addition to being entertaining, he has the ability to inject humour into the broadcast studio, a trait that is often lacking in professional sports coverage. Fiore always travels with his signature yellow and red cards which are issued at his discretion.

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a big fan of Club Atlético River Plate, Fiore has called Miami home since the early 1990s. He is also one of the original members of Inter Miami supporters group Southern Legion.

Andres Cordero (@DreCordero) brings solid commentating and play-by-play experience to Inter Miami’s content team after developing a successful career among South Florida media outlets. A graduate of Miami’s Florida International University, he spent the past seven years working as a commentator and presenter for GolTV before joining beIN Sports. He has experience covering soccer competitions and global tournaments throughout Europe, North America and South America.

Photo: Inter Miami CF

Kaylyn Kyle (@KaylynKyle) is a former professional midfielder from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, who brings a unique perspective to Inter Miami as a former professional female athlete both at the club and international levels. Kyle represented Canada at the 2012 London Olympics, winning a bronze medal with her team, and at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, making it to the quarter-finals. Throughout her 10 years as a professional athlete, Kyle played for clubs in Sweden and the United States, including NWSL teams in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland as well as the Orlando Pride, while also amassing 101 games and scoring 6 goals for the Canadian women’s national soccer team. She is currently a reporter for beIN Sports and previously served as Women’s World Cup analyst for TSN in 2019. It is interesting to note that her husband, Harrison Heath, is a starting midfielder with the Miami FC of the USL Championship.

Inter fall short in The District

It could aptly be described as a strange afternoon in The District. Strange twists and turns were found throughout the match, and in the end, what could very well have been an Inter Miami victory turned out to be a win for home side D.C. United.

Frédéric Brillant scored on a rebound to complete a stunning sequence of events early in the second half and D.C. United rallied from a goal down to defeat 10-man Inter Miami 2-1 on Saturday afternoon at Audi Field.

D.C. United defender Frédéric Brillant, second from left, is mobbed by teammates after scoring the winner in a 2-1 victory over expansion Inter Miami at Audi Field. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Yamil Asad also scored from the penalty spot as D.C. United (1-1-0, 3 points) picked up their first win of the season at the expense of expansion opponents who have begun with a pair of one-goal defeats on the road.

Inter Miami Lineup | Once Titular | Graphic: Russo Soccer

It started off very well for Miami. Rodolfo Pizarro had already missed a previous chance before scoring the first goal in the history of Inter Miami (0-2-0, 0 points) in the second minute. Rookie Robinson started the attack after a D.C. turnover, driving inside the penalty area and finding Scottish midfielder Lewis Morgan on the right. Morgan tucked a low pass to the back post, where Pizarro easily finished past a stranded Hamid. In addition to making history with Miami, Pizarro became the 50th Mexican player to score a goal in MLS.

The game changed drastically shortly after the restart on a sequence in which Lewis Morgan appeared to have doubled Miami’s lead on a shot that deflected off a United defender and past goalkeeper Bill Hamid.

However, the goal was disallowed and to make matters worse Román Torres  was sent off following video assisted review showed he clearly touched the ball with his arm. In referee Rubiel Vazquez’s judgment, it denied an obvious goal-scoring opportunity (in this instance one for his own team). Torres thus has the dubious distinction of being the first Inter Miami player to be shown red.

Watch: Román Torres sent off for handball

The sending off gave new life to D.C. Minutes later, Inter midfielder Victor Ulloa took down Edison Flores in the penalty area, and the referee pointed to the spot. Asad stepped to up convert the penalty kick to level the game in the 59th minute. It was Asad’s first goal in any competition since he previously played with D.C. in 2018 and after a largely inactive 2019 spent in Argentina.

Two minutes after that, in the 61st, Flores was in the middle again, striking the right post with a free kick earned by Felipe. Frédéric Brillant reached the rebound and hammered the half volley into the net from the edge of the six-yard box.

Three players all left the game due to injuries, all in the first half. D.C. United’s Ola Kamara and Joseph Mora, and Inter Miami’s Robbie Robinson all had to be substituted off. Robinson had to exit the contest just before the halftime whistle after D.C. defender Steven Birnbaum fell on the back of his leg. The rookie forward got up under his own power and briefly tried to re-enter the contest, but was subbed off for Juan Agudelo.

The Manager’s thoughts

“We deserve more than what the record of these two games may reflect,” Inter Miami CF manager Diego Alonso said after the game. “We played better than last week; our first half was great. Those few minutes changed the game but even with 10 guys, we kept pushing until the end.”

Miami will play its first home game next Saturday in Fort Lauderdale against the team co-owner David Beckham played for in MLS — the Los Angeles Galaxy. The game has been announced as a sell out. It will mark the first MLS game in Fort Lauderdale since the Fusion’s last home game on October 16, 2001, a playoff match versus the San Jose Earthquakes that Miami lost after extra time 0-1. With a new team, a new brand, new stadium and much more, Inter will be looking to get its first win for South Florida fans.

Inter Miami Hoy Man of The Match:

We’d love to pick Rodolfo Pizarro for scoring the first goal in Rosanegro history, but in a close contest, he’ll have to wait for another week. This week’s MOTM is Frédéric Brillant of D.C. United, whose second half goal turned out to be the game winner.

Más:

Rodolfo Pizarro: “Nos mereciamos más; perdimos por errores y desconcentraciones tontas.”

Match Preview: DC United – Inter Miami

Broadcast: Nationally televised on Univision/TUDN and streamed on Twitter accounts @MLS and @TUDNUSA. at 3:30 p.m. ET;

Inter Miami CF will travel to Washington, D.C. to play its second match in Major League Soccer (MLS) this Saturday, March 7 versus D.C. United at Audi Field.

Manager Diego Alonso’s Thoughts:

“We expect to find a good opponent. We’ve analyzed them. It’s a team that works well together as a collective and they will surely make it difficult for us,” said Head Coach Diego Alonso. “They’re in need of points since they weren’t able to win their last game playing at home and they will surely be seeking to get the three points.”
 
“For us, after our performance in our last match, we need to continue building on the things we’re doing right so we can improve,” added Alonso. “It’s a good opportunity for us to continue perfecting our style of play and improving the team.”

Inter Miami began its inaugural season on Sunday, March 1, in a match against reigning Supporters’ Shield champions Los Angeles Football Club. The visitors fought valiantly but fell to a superior opponent 1-0.

Inter Miami lined up for that match with Luis Robles at goalkeeper, Alvas Powell, Román Torres, Nicolás Figal and Ben Sweat in defense, Victor Ulloa, Will Trapp, Rodolfo Pizarro, Lewis Morgan and Matías Pellegrini in midfield, and Robbie Robinson at forward.

Robles was the winter Miami Hoy player of the match, making eight saves. He also earned eMLS Team of the Week honours.

D.C. United are coming off of a 2-1 loss at home to Colorado Rapids. They opened the scoring in that match through a Russell Canouse header, but allowed a 67th minute equalizer and 92nd minute winner from the Rapids.

Following the defeat, the Black-and-Red had a acquired veteran playmaker Federico Higuaín as a player and Player Development Coach on March 2. The next day, Mohammed Abu arrived on a season-long loan from Norwegian side Valerenga Fotball to bolster depth in midfield. On March 5, D.C. United re-signed Russell Canouse to a three-year contract extension. Canouse scored the lone goal for DC last week with a well-placed header off a corner. United also re-signed captain Steven Birnbaum to a contract extension on March 6. Birnbaum has started every match for United over the last two seasons.

The team from The District had a strong 2019 MLS season, finishing as the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference and qualifying for the playoffs. The team had the strongest defense in the conference, allowing just 38 goals. This was second-best in the league to LAFC who allowed 37 goals in 2019.

Inter Miami challenges, but drops inaugural match 1-0 to LAFC

LOS ANGELES (March 1, 2020) —

The first ever match for David Beckham’s franchise was full of anticipation. Excitement came from the ownership group, fans, players and the media. Few teams have begun existence in the spotlight as much as Inter Miami has.

Though the club failed to bring home any points from the Banc of California Stadium on Sunday afternoon, it was highly pleased and proud with the effort that the players gave against one of the best teams in Major League Soccer.

Match statistics, timeline and more from MLS

Starting 11 / Once inicial | Photo: Inter Miami CF
First Starting Eleven for Inter Miami/Once inicial | Graphic: Russo Soccer

“We had a great game,” said Inter Miami head coach Diego Alonso in Spanish. “They are very good but we showed a lot of heart and fought hard. We had a lot of clear chances to take the lead and then to tie when we were down 1-0. That’s what I take away.“

“We have to get better from a soccer standpoint, but surely we will win a lot of games with the heart and intensity that the team plays with.”

Inter Miami lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. In the opening minutes, the Rosanegro struggled, unable to complete passes against LAFC’s high pressure, resulting in several turnovers. Inter Miami defenders were also out of position. several times as they tried to contain the highly charged LAFC front line of Carlos Vela, Diego Rossi, and Brian Rodriguez. Fortunately, Inter Miami’s newly-appointed captain Luis Robles, was ready for the onslaught and demonstrated leadership in the early minutes of the match. He made an impressive save in the fifth minute, diving to his left and getting a hand on a powerful header from Diego Rossi. Robles turned in a strong game and kept Inter Miami within a strike of equalizing. In total, Robles made eight saves, including an equally spectacular outstretched dive to stop a Rossi shot in the 30th. Indeed, Robles kept Miami in the game.

“The weeks that we’ve been together, that chemistry aspect isn’t always there,” said midfielder Wil Trapp. “I think the more we train together, the more we’re able to be on the field together, you’ll strengthen those ties.”

Having survived the opening part of the first half, Miami looked more confident as the half wore on. The club started to win back some possession, and even created a few decent chances that required LAFC keeper Kenneth Vermeer to take action. A strike from Matías Pellegrini in the 37th minute was punched out by Vermeer and a diagonal shot from Ben Sweat also in the 37th minute that was heading towards the corner of the net was cleared away by the LAFC defense.

However, Miami was undone in the 44th minute. Just as it looked the half would end deadlocked at 0-0, Carlos Vela, who set the MLS record for goals scored in a season last year with 34, created his own opportunity and began his 2020 tally. It was a perfect present for his 31st birthday. Vela dribbled diagonally through a number of defenders, then lobbed the ball a over retreating Robles to give the Black and Gold a 1-0 advantage.

Asked about the goal, Wil Trapp said that it was unfortunate. “For us, the 10 minutes right before the goal were probably the best minutes we had.”

In the second half, Miami came out playing similarly to the end of the first half. The team even had some moments when it dictated the tempo and threatened LAFC’s back line. The team’s weakness in the final third however was what limited its effectiveness. Pizarro came within centimetres of equalizing in minute 54 when he slid to try to poke the ball into the corner after receiving a nice cross from midfielder Lewis Morgan.

Inter Miami brought on former LAFC midfielder Lee Nguyen in the 68th minute for Victor Ulloa, followed by a 79th minute double change. Juan Agudelo and Christian Makoun came on for Morgan and Mari Pellegrini. These substitution of players who were playing on the wing served to narrow the team’s shape.

A few late chances came Inter Miami’s way, including a 97th minute shot from Nguyen. The midfielder collected possession from a Román Torres pass and curled a left-footed shot from the top of the box that was saved by the keeper. The final shot tally was quite even, with LAFC having nine shots on target compared to Inter Miami’s seven. 

The first match in the history of the Club thus ended in defeat, but with much promise.

One of the most impressive aspects of the trip to Los Angeles was the support Internacional saw from its supporters. Members of the team’s official supporters’ groups – Southern Legion, Vice City 1896 and The Siege – made the cross-country trip to Los Angeles to support the team for the historic occasion and their presence was appreciated and acknowledged by the players.

Head coach Diego Alonso said that “at the club they really treat me like someone in the family and the fans are the same. Not just ours, but the league’s fans. It has been an incredible welcome and we are very proud to belong and compete in the MLS,” he said. “Our fans have really been amazing. I want to make a special mention to them. The support we have had has been tremendous in each of the days that have passed before the start of the league and today they have been fantastic. We dedicate our effort and our heart to them, everything we do in the league is going to be dedicated to them.”

Of course, it was disappointing to lose, but Miami held its own against one of the favourites to win MLS Cup this year. Additionally, Los Angeles came into the game having already played a difficult home and away round in the Concacaf Champions League, having rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win 3-0 in the return to defeat Mexican side León.

Here is a recap of the match:

Ahead of historic first game, David Beckham talks Inter Miami

DORAL, Fla. (February 27, 2020) —

With his club’s historic premiere in Major League Soccer now just three days’ away, David Beckham, a co-owner of Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami, made several appearances in the media, most notably on the Jimmy Fallon Show which aired last night, along with spots on the Today Show and Good Morning America this morning.

Here are links via twitter:

“Nothing goes on without me overseeing things.”

David Beckham

When asked on the Today Show if the choice of pink was risky, Beckham smiled and responded: “The more pink the better.” We couldn’t agree more David. This is Miami and we are used to vibrant colours all around us.

On Good Morning America, Beckham recounted that “It’s been a long journey. A journey that I actually didn’t think was going to take this long.”

Cover: David Beckham | Photo: Inter Miami CF

Mixed Reviews For The All White Kit

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (February 26, 2020) —

With four days before its official first game, there is still an outpouring of opinion regarding the Inter Miami CF kits for the inaugural season.

Inter Miami officially unveiled its first home jersey on Monday afternoon, but the reaction from within camp to the predominantly white top with pink accents would best be described as mixed.

Fans, and even some players, have provided input. And their reactions are mixed, with one of the most persistent questions being on peoples’ minds is “Why on earth is there no pink shirt?“

There is a lot of opinion on social media. Certainly, some people like the all black and all white ensembles. Style is subjective. The responses to this recent post by Inter Miami on twitter is but one example:

Among the responses: “boring,” “terribly plain,” and “should have been pink.”

Inaugural home shirt draws mixed reviews

Asked what he thought about the all white and all blacks, midfielder A.J. De La Garza responded with a chuckle, “I wish we had a pink one.“ (The white jersey is) nice and very clean. I know a lot of people don’t like how boring they might be.” Reasonable interpretation from that answer is that De La Garza and other players even think that the kits are boring.

Victor Ulloa agreed that it would have been really nice to have a pink kit, but said that he is fine with both the white home top and away black uniform, although his favourite was the former.

Co-owner David Beckham, meanwhile, told media when asked about it that he was pleased with the outcome of the inaugural home look.

“Why wasn’t it pink? It’s got pink on it,” said Beckham. “We always said that we wanted a kit that the fans would be proud of. There’s always going to be certain people that maybe think it should be one color or should be something different, but I think we’re more than happy with what we’ve done with this club so far. More importantly, I think our fans are happy.”

Beckham’s on the record statements about the kit do not come as a surprise, To be fair, what is he supposed to say, other than to say he is pleased?

But Are They Happy?

However, the current Miami look contradicts what Beckham himself told us as far back as 2014, after announcing that he would exercise his option with MLS and bring a team to Miami. He told reporters that the colours would reflect the city. For example, during an interview with Christina Hernández of NBC 6 South Florida, Beckham said “The colours will definitely have a lot to do with the culture of Miami, and the vibrant colours that people are used to here.” He told other reporters that “It’s going to be vibrant. It’s Miami, it has to be.”

Taking both of the kits together, the choice of pink suits Miami perfectly. And, given the fact that no other team in MLS uses it, having a pink shirt would have left no doubt about the identity of the team on the pitch. The logo is also very well designed.

The team gave fans much hope in the promo videos leading up to the name and identity reveal on September 5, 2018. However, with one kit all white and the other all black, whether you want to call it “clean” or perhaps more frankly “boring,” people are talking. Many call the kits “MLS White” and “MLS Black” and think they just don’t strike them as having a feeling of being “Miami.” It’s true, as David Beckham points out, that you can never please everyone. That said, there are surely ways to make this colour combo work, and adidas and Inter Miami owe it to fans to look to the many designs that artists and others came up with for inspiration.

Better yet, they should get input from designers and fans; more so considering they expect fans to pay serious amounts money for Inter Miami-branded merchandise.

There’s a lot of potential for the Inter Miami brand, including the kits. In the case of the latter, it’s just not there … yet. Will the club actually take an innovative approach and listen to fans?

Robles Named Internacional Captain

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (February 25, 2020) —

As Luis Robles told the press today, in early January he got in touch with his future teammates on social media and text messages in order to plan some personal training sessions before preseason even began.

Today, his drive and determination landed him the captain’s armband. Head coach Diego Alonso made the appointment prior to the start of the morning training session. The 35-year-old goalkeeper was given the news in front of the entire team, as well as club co-owners David Beckham and Jorge Mas, just five days before the start of the club’s expansion season.

“As I shared with the guys, I’m truly honoured and proud to be able to represent the guys in this capacity,” said Robles. “I’ll do everything I can not only to represent them but the club in the best way possible.”

Serving as team captain is not something new to Robles, however. He was the captain during his two seasons in New Jersey paying for Red Bulls. Robles says he wants to not only guide and encourage the younger players on the roster with his words, but moreover through his actions in matches and training.

“There are certain players that walk onto the training field or the stadium and they’ve got an aura about them and they’ve got a leadership about them,” said Beckham. “That’s why he’s our captain. The manager is the one who decides who is the captain and when he spoke to us about it, we all totally agreed.”

News and Notes

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (February 25, 2020) —

Here are notes from today’s Inter Miami training:

Luis Robles gets a special honour


Agudelo remains a question mark for opener

Juan Agudelo’s status for the first game this Sunday in Los Angeles is uncertain. Inter Miami has maintained the wall of secrecy about his health and availability and thus it remains a mystery. Agudelo tweaked his right hamstring a-week-and-a-half ago in the first half of a preseason match against the Philadelphia Union.

“Unfortunately, he’s been hurt but we’re hoping he can recover,” said midfielder Victor Ulloa in Spanish on Monday. “We know he’s an important player for us. He has a lot of experience in this league, and he’s a forward we’re going to need for this long season.”

Yesterday, Agudelo was observed at the team’s training session, engaged in individual training with a physiotherapist. There is no official word yet from the club as to whether the 27-year-old attacker has a chance of playing versus LAFC.

If Agudelo cannot play this weekend, Inter Miami would be without two of its top options up front. Julián Carranza is also sidelined for the match with a left foot injury.


Almendra Will Be Playing For Inter Miami

As reported previously, Agustin Almendra has been rumoured to be joining Inter Miami. It’s now been confirmed that he is the player Paul McDonough has been targeting for available opening at central midfield. Inter Miami is currently in negotiations with the 20-year-old Club Atlético Boca Juniors player, and it expects to come to terms with him in the near future.

“I’ll confirm we have been in conversations with Augustin Almendra from Boca Juniors,” Jorge Mas said at today’s press interview. “I do anticipate and expect that that loan will happen, and will be completed very, very soon.”


Squad Numbers For 2020

MIAMI, Fla. (February 20, 2020) —

With ten days to go before their first ever game versus Los Angeles Football Club, Inter Miami announced its squad numbers for the team’s inaugural 2020 season.

Yesterday it was announced that the team’s second Designated Player, attacking midfielder and Mexican international Rodolfo Pizarro, has been issued the venerable number 10. This is a magical number in the world of football.

The number 10 has always been special and has seen many of the game’s greats wear it. As the numbering system and positions evolved over time, the #10 shirt has come to be associated with the more creative of the forwards while the #9 was given to the out-and-out striker. In a 4-3-3 system, the #10 has been pushed back into midfield and plays behind the centre forward. A “10” is given to the creative force that drives the attack, creating scoring opportunities for himself/herself and his/her teammates in front of goal. 

What Numbers Did Not Get Assigned

Apart from now knowing what numbers the players on the Rosanegro will now wear for 2020, it is also telling what numbers were not initially assigned. Most notably, the numbers 8 and 9.

The number 8 is typically a centre midfielder. Think of the #8 as a mixed midfielder. They will be asked to play both sides of the ball, helping the #6 defensively, but also getting forward to help the #10 in the attack. Many call this role a box-to-box midfielder.

The number 9 is typically a centre forward (aka striker) and is the target to get the ball to score goals.

While there is no requirement that numbers correspond with specific positions, most teams have some resemmblance to traditional numbering systems, which also have some variations from country to country.

Inter Miami Squad Numbers

1John McCarthyGK
2Alvas PowellD
3Andrés ReyesD
4Christian MakounD / M
5Nicolás FigalD
6Wil TrappM
7Lewis MorganM
10Rodolfo PizarroM
11Matías PellegriniM
12Juan AgudeloF
13Victor UlloaM
14Jay ChapmanM
15David Norman Jr.M
16Luis ArgudoM
17Jerome KiesewetterF
18Dylan NealisD
19Robbie RobinsonF
20A.J. DeLaGarzaD
21Julián CarranzaF
22Ben SweatD
24Lee NguyenM
25Grant LillardD
27Drake CallenderGK
29Román TorresD
31Luis RoblesGK
33Mikey AmbroseD

Cover Photo: Rodolfo Pizarro in the All-Black Inter Miami shirt | Photo: Inter Miami CF

REPORT: Agreement Between Boca Juniors and Inter Miami For Almendra

The young Boca player will be loaned to Inter Miami, with an option to purchase . The clubs have worked out all the details and are expected to sign the loan contract.

MIAMI, Fla. (February 19, 2020) —

It’s been talked about for some time, with negotiations between Club Atlético Boca Juniors and Inter Miami CF advancing at a very slow pace, but finally on Wednesday there was a final agreement reached. With the agreement in place, the young Xeneize Agustín Almendra will move to Inter Miami, David Beckham’s team that will make its debut in Major League Soccer, the top level of the closed US Football pyramid, in less than two weeks.

A Loan

The move will be in the form of a loan for a fee and will contain an option to purchase, according to Argentine sports daily Olé. The deal will be signed after the medical exam, at which point there will be a public announcement from both clubs.

Why?

Boca at present had the intention to unload some of its older footballers, as well as those who do not fit into the plans of manager Miguel Ángel Russo​; case in point, players such as Iván Marcone and Ramón Ábila. However, the lack of offers and interest in these players has caused the directors of Boca to decide to negotiate a deal for Almendra, one of the teams younger gems. This is what allowed MLS to quite unexpectedly have the possibility of acquiring Almendra.


Miguel Angel Russo, Técnico de Boca.

Almendra, who just turned 20, began at Boca in April 2018 and played 34 games over the course of two seasons, tallying two goals and winning a league championship under the guidance of then manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto (who now coaches the Los Angeles Galaxy)​.

For now, Almendra trains with Boca Juniors but never has played since Russo was named manager on December 30, 2019, twelve years after he last coached Boca. In fact, Almendra has not played since November 10, 2019 against Vélez Sarsfield and did was not among the 20 players that formed the Boca squad when it traveled last weekend to Santiago del Estero, where Boca won 4-0 against Central Córdoba del Santiago de Estero.

Inter of course is a team that David Beckham has created from scratch and in less than two weeks will being its participation in the top North American league. While in the beginning all of the world’s top stars were mentioned as possible signings for Inter Miami, names like Luca Modric, Edinson Cavani, Gareth Bale, Antoine Griezmann, Neymar y even Leo Messi, in reality the signings so far have been much more modest.

At the end of 2019, the Uruguayan Diego Alonso was named manager, and his technical staff includes Argentines Sebastián Saja as goalkeeper coach and Claudio Arzeno as an assistant. And among Inter’s first roster are Argentines Julián Carranza (C.A. Banfield), Matías Pellegrini (Estudiantes De La Plata) and Nico Figal (Independiente). Most recently, the big name announced was Rodolfo Pizarro (Club de Fútbol Monterrey de México).