Jorge Mas -Radio Interview On Actualidad 1040AM Cada Tarde: “We’re going to establish something extraordinarily positive for our city.”

MIAMI, Fla. (October 22, 2019) —

Yesterday, Inter Miami CF Managing Owner Jorge Mas was interviewed on the radio show Cada Tarde with Carinés Moncada and Agustín Acosta on Actualidad 1040AM in Miami. This interview came as the City of Miami Commissioners take up the issue of Miami Freedom Park once again this Thursday, October 24, 2019 at Miami City Hall (3500 Pan American Dr, Miami, FL 33133). Supporters are encouraged to email their city commissioners and show up to demonstrate their support as early as 8:00 a.m.

“We’re going to establish something extraordinarily positive for our city.”

The complete interview (en españo) is available on YouTube and linked here:

The half-hour long interview touched on many points. Here are some of the points that came out:

The reception Inter Miami has experienced in South Florida has been amazing. Ticket sales have been very strong with almost all of the season tickets for the first season already sold. The first home game will be March 14, 2020 at the new Inter Miami temporary home stadium in Fort Lauderdale.

On the issue of the value of the land where Miami Freedom Park is to be constructed, Mas said: “From day one, we have always said we are disposed to pay [rent] based on the fair market value of the land.” He added, “The value of the land is the value of the land. When the professional appraisers determine what the land is worth, that’s the value. We have to leave it to the processional appraisers to determine that. I’m not interested in negotiating their figure.”

On the stigma left behind by the taxpayer-financed Marlins Park deal which has been a frequent rallying cry for those opposed to Miami Freedom Park, Mas had this to say: “What happened with the Marlins stadium, we cannot penalize this project and the aspirations to bring soccer to Miami. This project is totally different from the Marlins. Here, the city is not contributing one cent.”

On the issue of why the land at Melreese should not be put out for a request for proposals as has been suggested by Commissioner Carollo, Jorge Mas said “During the last seventeen months, and all the discussion about why not put the land out for bidding, there was no solicitation process when I brought this project forward, not even an idea for one. At the same time, during these seventeen months any developer anywhere in the world could have gone to the City of Miami with a better idea for this Melreese golf course, and no one came forward.” Mas said that this shows that there has to be a public bid is not true. Here any person can make an unsolicited bid for city property.”

“I want this franchise to play in Miami. It’s our city. We deserve this team. I’ve seen the passion for fútbol (soccer) around the world. The passion exists in Miami. I can say without any doubt that I believe that Inter Miami will become the most popular team in our city in three, four, or five years, but not longer than that.” Mas stressed this will be due to the type of team and players that Inter Miami is going to have, the type of fans that already exist, for the type of international teams that are going to visit and play here, for the type of tournaments we can have here. He also cited the impact that the team is going to have on young players with its academy, mentioning that the Inter Miami Academy has already played in an international tournament in South Korea, and the impact that the team will have on the community. He mentioned that Inter Miami will also probably incorporate a women’s professional team in a few years also. “We’re going to establish something extraordinarily positive for our city.”

Inter Miami CF Defeats Michigan Wolves In U18/19 Academy Game

MIAMI, Fla. (October 21, 2019) —

The Inter Miami CF Academy U19 team was in action yesterday at Broward College, South Campus, where they took on the equivalent academy side from the Michigan Wolves.

Inter Miami won the match 3-1. The game saw a first minute goal by Francisco Raggio give Inter Miami a lead right from the start. Michigan equalised just before halftime on a 43′ goal by Francesco Mazzei. The second half saw two goals by the Rosanegro seal the victory for Inter Miami. Nico Diaz scored in the 65′ and Darin Henry in the 90′

Here is the match report from the US Development Academy website: Game_report

Sería Marcelo Gallardo Primer Entreinador de la Rosanegra?

MIAMI, Fla. (October 21, 2019) —

Como sucedió con Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino en el proyecto del Atlanta United, la intención del Inter de Miami es contar con Marcelo Gallardo para la “temporada startup” del conjunto miamiense y le presentaron una propuesta integral sobre el proyecto para tentarlo a una mudanza a Estados Unidos para 2020.

El Inter Miami trabaja a contrarreloj en busca de un entrenador para debutar en la MLS. Según TyC Sports, el Muñeco está en la mira de Beckham para que asuma el cargo cuanto antes. Sin embargo, la posibilidad parece lejana.

With Public Mandate, Miami Freedom Park Navigates Politics

As Commissioner Reyes Continues Crusade Against Miami Freedom Park, Ignoring Clear Mandate From The Electorate, Commissioner Carollo mounts his own attempt to derail the project.

Contentious City Commission Meeting Awaits.

MIAMI, Fla. (October 18, 2019) —

Miami Freedom Park faces yet more challenges and potential derailments, as the City of Miami Commission prepares for a contentious meeting on October 24, 2019 at Miami City Hall.

Miami Freedom Park & Soccer Village, the collective name for the project, will be built using entirely private funds and not city tax dollars, and will create one of Miami’s largest public parks at 58 acres. Approximately 73 acres will be used for a soccer stadium for Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami, soccer fields for the community, a tech hub, hotel, restaurant, retail and entertainment spaces. The $1 billion dollar project that stands to bring millions in revenue for the city, state, county and school board. The city-owned land, currently occupied by Melreese Country Club, will be leased by the city for a term, which, with options, could reach 99 years, with Miami Freedom Park, LLC making annual lease payments of no less than $3.5 million (based on a third-party fair-market-value appraisal). They will also pay the full cost of the environmental remediation of the property, which is estimated to be in the millions of dollars and will provide a living wage salary of no less than $15/hour for employees working on the property.

Miami Freedom Park promotional video by Miami Freedom Park, LLC

In a referendum placed on the ballot in accordance with the City Charter (29B), and subsequently passed by voters on November 6, 2018, the City of Miami is allowed to waive competitive bidding and enter into negotiations for the lease of the city-owned land at the Melreese site. It should be pointed out that the referendum passed in all five City of Miami commission districts. (The referendum was only open to City of Miami voters and not all Miami-Dade County voters, due to the fact that the land is entirely within the City boundaries.)

The debate over the project may climax on October 24, when city commissioners consider a lease that would allow the redevelopment project to move forward. However, City Manager Emilio Gonzalez says that lease is not ready to be voted on, due to the fact that appraisals requested by the city commissioners are not complete, nor are additional items requested, such as traffic study and total remediation costs for the heavily-contaminated golf course.

City Commissioner Manolo Reyes accused the Beckham group of “game playing” to try to stall a vote until after elections are held in November (Commissioner Gort, another opponent of the project, will be out of office due to term limits). However, the travel of this matter does not substantiate such a claim. In fact, Miami Freedom Park delivered a lease to the City, as promised, on June 5, 2019.

At the most recent commission meeting on October 10, 2019, a meeting where Miami Freedom Park was not even on the agenda, Mayor Francis Suarez reminded Commissioner Reyes and the rest of the commission that they took months to select the two law firms that are negotiating on behalf of the city. Suarez further pointed out that the commission chose to weigh in on the process for selecting firms to conduct outside studies that would form the basis of negotiations, decisions that took time over the summer. Thus, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the contract is not ready to vote on and is not likely going to be ready for the city commissioners to consider before the November election.

“This commission mandated that there be three outside studies done: environmental, traffic report and an appraisal,” Suarez said. “None of those are completed, and they will not be completed by tomorrow (Oct 11),” referring to the deadline to have items submitted for the next commission meeting on October 24.

The city commissioners, at a May 23 commission meeting, had an intense debate on which of 16 law firms who had applied would be selected as consultants. After listening to lawyers from several firms, and continued contention from Commissioner Reyes who was adamant that the chosen firm have nothing to do with Cuba, they voted to have City Attorney Victoria Mendez pick from three firms. Reyes voted no at that meeting. The City eventually settled on Shutts & Bowenn, LLP to assist in the negotiations, on June 17, 2019.

The fact that Commissioner Reyes continues to wage war on Miami Freedom Park comes as no surprise. He has vehemently opposed the project since the first day it was on the agenda at city hall. He has argued that the city didn’t follow “the process.” He has argued that there was no transparency. He has gone on radio talk shows to dismiss the project. Now, he has sponsored the following resolution to try to force a vote on a lease which is not ready:

Commissioner Reyes addresses David Beckham on July 12, 2018 at Miami City Hall. Photo: Kenneth Russo

The most recent city commission meeting on October 10, 2019 was yet another display of political division among Miami’s elected leaders. Two commissioners separately demanded an October 24 vote on the lease agreement, despite it not being ready. Commissioner Joe Carollo, one of Suarez’s political foes, also wants to vote on a resolution that would require the city to suspend all negotiations with Miami Freedom Park and authorise a request for proposals (“RFP”) to redevelop most of Melreese, which bids, per the terms of the resolution, would need to include a “luxury hotel and golf resort.” The meeting ended in a shouting match.

Resolution proposed by Commissioner Carollo

In response to these attacks on the Miami Freedom Park plan, Mayor Francis Suarez, a proponent, said he is ready to use his “veto pen” if the commission votes on a deal he feels isn’t ready. Suarez’s veto could only be overridden by the city commission with four out of five votes. It’s also worth mentioning that the referendum approved by voters does not contain any deadline by which a vote on the project must occur.

Commissioner Russell’s chief concern with this project is green space, and he has made it clear that any green space lost by the conversion of Melreese must be made up acre-for-acre. “If this deal yields the loss of one acre of green space in the city of Miami, I will vote no,” he said. Given that Miami has less green space and less public spaces in general than practically any large city in the United States, and lacks a grand park like more famous world-class cities, his argument has merit. The city has a law that requires parkland that is rezoned to be replaced, so there is no net loss to the city. Miami Freedom Park has always been on-board with the replacing of any lost green space. It was even part of a term sheet signed last summer. Moreover, in conjunction with the lease agreement submitted to the City of Miami, Miami Freedom Park has also delivered a Community Benefits Agreement, honouring its vow to gift $5 million for the City’s Riverwalk/Baywalk project, $20 million for park maintenance and free access to the soccer fields at Miami Freedom Park for City of Miami youth. Details of these agreements are available on the Miami Freedom Park website.

Inter Miami CF and Miami Freedom Park have also honoured their commitment to finalise an agreement with the First Tee program, ensuring the organisation will continue to serve children at a new location.

Managing Owner Jorge Mas has always remained positive. “Miami Freedom Park is working diligently to finalise a lease agreement with the city of Miami,” Mas said. “Sixty percent of city of Miami residents, an overwhelming majority, voted to amend the city charter and authorised the city to negotiate with Miami Freedom Park; we remain focused on fulfilling that voter mandate. We invite residents to visit our website to learn more and share their input.”

What lies ahead for this ambitious plan? We will know more shortly. Maybe. The project has made it this far, it has won an election that many said was impossible. Representatives of Miami Freedom Park have held countless sessions across the city in recent months that have been open to the public, in order to answer questions, educate, and hear residents’ concerns.

There is every reason to believe it will cross the finish line.

Miami Freedom Park Renderings : Inter Miami CF

How Is Inter Miami Shaping Up? Find Out From Jorge Mas and Paul McDonough

Managing Owner and Sporting Director were interviewed a few days ago on Planet Fútbol by Luis Miguel Echegaray.

MIAMI, Fla. (October 9, 2019) —

Inter Miami Managing Owner Jorge Mas and Sporting Director Paul McDonough were in New York City for last weekend’s MLS Expansion Priority Draft, out of which Inter Miami CF won the coin toss and subsequently elected to take the first pick in the Expansion Draft and also opted to take the first pick in the MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas. While they were in the City, they had a chance to sit down with Planet Fútbol’s Luis Miguel Echegary, who had some questions for them about how Inter Miami is shaping up as we get close in on the inaugural season beginning in March 2020.

The interview was a positive one but also served to underscore just how complicated it actually is to launch a new team. That is, if you want to have the kind of immediate impact that Miami is determined to have.

Jorge Mas Talks On:

The Academy’s Progress

Jorge Mas was asked about how the club stands right now, both in terms of a roster perspective, the academy, and how things are looking as the club is built.

Mas said, “It’s been for us an element of pride, an area where we’re going to put a significant investment to the talent and youth that exists in South Florida.“ He continued, “I’m very hopeful that with Paul’s leadership and our coaching that we’re going to be able to have the best Academy system in the MLS to give these young men an opportunity to live out their dreams to be part of an MLS team, but also to open their opportunities to worldwide football if possible.” 

The Team’s Player Search

“From a roster-building perspective, Paul and I have frequent flyer miles. We’ve been all over the world as we build a great roster,” Mas said. “Not only for great performance on the field, but to fit the style of Inter Miami. We want to be an aggressive offensive team. One that our community can be proud of. One that’s going to make a mark all over the world.”  

The stadium at Miami Freedom Park

Jorge was also asked about Miami Freedom Park and what its timeline might look like. 

“We had a referendum in Miami last November, where more than 60 percent gave us and the City of Miami a green light to go ahead and reach an agreement. We’re in the final stages of negotiating an agreement with the City of Miami,” he said. “I’m hopeful the next 45 to 60 days we’ll have that as a go.” 

“We’ve been working on the concept design of the stadium; it’s probably 80 percent done,” Mas explained, adding “It’s going to be a beautiful stadium, state-of-the-art, with cutting-edge technology. It’s going to be an entertainment destination, food and beverage, hotel, tech hub. It’s going to be a huge economic driver for Miami and South Florida.”

“It’s located adjacent to Miami International Airport. 51 million people come in and out of that airport,” said Mas. “It’s the first thing they’ll see when they land in Miami and the last thing they see. So, they’re going to see a beautiful stadium and it’s going to put Miami on the global map for fútbol and soccer.” 

The Manager Position And What The Club Is Looking For

Mas also touched on the club’s search for a coach and what the ownership group is looking for in potential candidates. 

“I’m a huge believer that leadership matters,” he said. “We want a coach who can lead, who can not only lead the first team, but can set the tone in the academy system. [A coach] who can put his fingerprints on developing young players for the future and really the whole organisation.” 

“Paul and I and David Beckham have been intimately involved in choosing a coach and interviewing potential coaches.”

“I think we’re very close to naming someone who is going to be an outstanding coach for Inter Miami and really is going to help us raise the game in America,” said Mas. “But the profile of the coach we want is that person who has international standing, who has coached at the highest levels, who has played at the highest levels, who hopefully has played in a World Cup, played in Champions League, coached at that level, coached academy teams, and been able to bring young great players and develop them to be great professionals because that’s what we want.

And also, from a personal aspect, that they’re going to fit in South Florida, that they’re going to be able to represent our team as we want, that they will be able to articulate our vision. We’re close and hopefully we will be announcing the coach in the next three or four weeks.” 

What Fans Should Know About Inter Miami

“Well first it’s going to be a club that is going to win,” said Mas. “It’s going to be a club that’s going to compete for championships. It’s going to be a club that is going to have among its roster and its ranks some of the most talented players in the world”,” Mas said. “We’re going to be the centre of fútbol in the United States.”

“We will be truly a global team. Miami is embraced by so many nationalities from so many backgrounds, it’s truly a melting pot and a cultural mosaic,” he added. “We’re going to be a reflection of our community.”

“Our Team Is The People’s Team.”


Paul McDonough Discusses:

Club ‘s Identity From a Player Perspective

Players Signed So Far

The Inter Miami CF Sporting Director was asked to talk about how the players signed by the club thus far shape the club’s identity.

“We wanted to bring in young, attacking players, players that could come here that, we could develop and then we can move on to Europe, very much like the Miguel Almiron’s of the world.

“I think it’s important to have young [players], but I think in our market we need to have some older players that can handle the pressure much more than the young ones can right away,” he added.   

Designated Players and Upcoming Signings

“We’re definitely going to have three DP’s,” McDonough said.

“We’ve definitely been linked with a lot of players because of our ownership group, the city, David’s [Beckham] reach is enormous, so we’re linked with a lot of players. Some are true and some are not. But it has been truly been amazing, the interest and the players that have contacted us wanting to play in Miami.”

Paul McDonough, Sporting Director

“We started with signing young players,” said McDonough. “Now we’ll add MLS experience to the group and we’re going to add some foreign international players to help bring these guys along and help us be successful from day one.”


Listen to the complete 12-minute interview:


Inter Miami CF will have 1st pick in MLS Expansion Draft

Inter Miami CF also elects No. 1 pick in 2020 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas and No. 2 position in Allocation Ranking

MIAMI, Fla. (October 6, 2019) —

Inter Miami CF picked up both number one selection in the 2019 MLS Expansion Draft as well as the first selection in the MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas.

Managing Owner Jorge Mas along with Sporting Director Paul McDonough joined Nashville SC CEO Ian Ayre with General Manager Mike Jacobs to select priorities in the five available player acquisition mechanisms during the MLS Priority Expansion Draft on Sunday afternoon in midtown Manhattan. The draft kicked off an intense final day of the regular MLS season on MLSsoccer.com’s “Matchday Central: Decision Day presented by AT&T Pregame Show.”

Paul McDonough and Jorge Mas prior to the Decision Day Show.

With this draft in place, both clubs are strategically positioned to make key roster-building moves following their first official league event ahead of the 2020 season.  

“We had a great result today winning the No. 1 pick for the Expansion Draft putting us in a position to plan how to move forward with our roster building,” said McDonough. “We now know we control the Expansion Draft and can strategically look at different talents within the league who could provide the leadership, character and support we want at Inter Miami.”  

An opening coin toss awarded Inter Miami with the first pick, which was used to select the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 Expansion Draft on Nov. 19. With the second selection, Nashville took the No. 1 ranking in the Allocation Order. The two clubs alternated subsequent picks until all five roster-building mechanisms were selected. 

MLS Expansion Priority Draft Results in selection order: 

  1. No.1 pick in 2019 MLS Expansion Draft: Inter Miami CF No. 1, Nashville SC No. 2 
  1. No.1 position in Allocation Ranking Order: Nashville SC No. 1, Inter Miami CF No. 2 
  1. No.1 pick in 2020 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas: Inter Miami CF No. 1, Nashville SC No. 2 
  1. Penultimate position in MLS Re-Entry and End-of-Year Waiver Order: Nashville SC No. 25, Inter Miami CF No. 26 
  1. Penultimate position in Discovery Player Ranking: Inter Miami CF No. 25, Nashville SC No. 26 

The momentum for Inter Miami to strengthen its inaugural MLS rosters continues on Nov. 19 with the 2019 MLS Expansion Draft, where the debutants will then have an opportunity to select up to five current players from other MLS teams. Each current MLS team may protect up to 12 rostered players (11 in previous years) from inclusion on the eligible players list. 

The complete list of players eligible for selection in the 2019 MLS Expansion Draft will be released on Saturday, November 16. 

Exempt clubs with players selected by FC Cincinnati in the 2018 Expansion Draft are D.C. United, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, FC Dallas, the Houston Dynamo, and the New York Red Bulls. 

The official date for the 2020 MLS SuperDraft will be announced at a later date.


Inter Miami will have the No. 1 pick in the Major League Soccer Expansion Draft on November 19 and the No. 1 pick in the college SuperDraft in early January 2020.

Miami’s new team, co-owned by David Beckham, won the Expansion Priority Draft coin flip in New York City on Sunday, which gave it first dibs over the other 2020 expansion team, Nashville SC, among five player acquisition methods. The teams alternated picks until all five were selected.

Miami chose the No. 1 pick in the Expansion Draft, from which Miami and Nashville can select up to five players each from a list of current MLS players who have not been protected by their teams. Each team can protect 12 players.

Five of the league’s 24 teams are exempt from providing players — D.C. United, Vancouver Whitecaps, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, and New York Red Bulls – because they lost players to FC Cincinnati in the 2018 Expansion Draft 

Inter Miami sporting director Paul McDonough said on Sunday that their roster will ideally have “10 to 12” players with MLS experience, and having the first pick in the Expansion Draft is an important puzzle piece.

“It allows us to dictate the course of the draft and hopefully get the best player in the draft with the most MLS experience,” McDonough said. “As we build, we’ll be adding a lot of guys who don’t have that, but we think the league has grown so much with the inclusion of TAM (Targeted Allocation Money) and the salary cap going up that some teams are deeper, so we should be able to get a few key pieces to help us.”

McDonough and his staff have been going through every team’s roster, trying to predict who will be available. He is playing close attention to the league’s most talented teams. Some clubs will protect the 12 best players. Others may choose to protect a young emerging talent and expose a player with a big contract.

Miami could get five players from that draft, or take two or three and trade the other picks.

With the second pick in Sunday’s Priority Draft, Nashville chose the No. 1 position in the Allocation Ranking Order, by which teams can acquire select U.S. men’s national team players, elite U.S. youth national team players, and former MLS players returning to the league after leaving for transfer fees of more than $500,000.

In 2016, then-expansion team Atlanta United used the top allocation spot to get U.S. national team goalkeeper Brad Guzan.

Inter Miami used the third selection on Sunday for the No.1 pick in 2020 MLS SuperDraft, which is primarily for college players.

“People always say the college draft is getting worse, but if you look over all the past years, there’s always still a few quality players every year that come out and contribute successfully to the league,” McDonough said.

In the most recent Priority Draft, between Atlanta and Minnesota in 2016, Atlanta wound up with the top pick in the Expansion Draft and the top spot in the Allocation Order. They traded the top pick in the Expansion Draft, Donny Toia, for the eighth overall pick in the 2017 SuperDraft, which they used to select Julian Gressel, who was voted Rookie of the Year.

Minnesota got the first pick in the SuperDraft and selected Abu Danladi, who scored eight goals in his first season and was runner-up for Rookie of the Year, behind Gressel.

As for the final two methods of roster building, Nashville chose the penultimate position in the MLS Re-Entry and End-of-Year Waiver Order, and Inter Miami will have penultimate position in Discovery Player Ranking. The Re-Entry Draft is for certain MLS players whose contract options were declined. Discovery Players are players teams keep on a list who don’t fall under other categories.

McDonough helped build expansion teams Orlando City and Atlanta, and that experience is proving invaluable for Inter Miami, said co-owner Jorge Mas.

“One of the reasons Paul is here is his experience in building a championship-caliber team,” Mas said. “MLS rules are very particular to our league, especially as you fill a roster on an expansion team, so his experience is essential; but more importantly, his instinct, being able to identify what players to build a roster with and what mix will allow us to get the type of championship culture we want at Inter Miami.”

So far, Inter Miami has signed five young players – Julian Carranza and Matias Pellegrini of Argentina, Christian Makoun of Venezuela, David Norman Jr of Canada and Miami native George Acosta. The team has not yet announced its big-name “Designated Players’’ – Edinson Cavani of Paris St Germain and David Silva of Manchester City are among the players linked to the team.

A coach is expected to be hired by the end of October. McDonough said he’d like the coach to be in place before the Expansion Draft so he can be involved in the process.

Inter Miami Faces Nashville On Sunday To Determine First Pick In MLS Expansion Draft 2020

Inter Miami CF and Nashville Soccer Club are the two teams beginning play in 2020.

MIAMI, Fla. (September 19, 2019; updated October 4, 2019) –

The two newcomers to Major League Soccer, Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC, will face each other on Sunday, October 6. Except that it won’t be on the pitch.

Major League Soccer announced back on September 19th that the 2019 MLS Expansion Draft* will occur on November 19, 2019. It will be the thirteenth expansion draft in league history.

Decision Day Coin Toss

In order to decide which club will select first in that expansion draft, as well as the order for the various other means of acquiring players for their respective rosters, MLS has created an event called the “2019 MLS Expansion Priority Draft.” This will take place on October 6, prior to kick off of an intense final day of the regular season during MLSsoccer.com’s “Matchday Central: Decision Day presented by AT&T Pregame Show.”

You can watch live this Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. EDT from AT&T MLS Studios in New York City as part of the MLS Decision Day Pregame Show presented by AT&T. (MLSsoccer.com, the MLSappTwitterFacebook and YouTube).

At that time, Inter Miami CF Managing Owner & CEO Jorge Mas along with Sporting Director Paul McDonough, as well as Nashville SC CEO Ian Ayre and General Manager Mike Jacobs, will flip a coin to determine which club receives the first pick in the five available player-acquisition methods. For example, the winner of the coin toss can elect which of the five player acquisition methods they want for their team, followed by the loser of the coin toss making an election. This process continues until all of the methods have been chosen.

Here’s what the two team’s executives have to choose from:

  1. No.1 pick in 2019 MLS Expansion Draft 
  2. No.1 pick in 2020 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas
  3. No.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

What it boils down to is that the winner of the coin toss will receive two of the top three mechanisms. Having the first pick in the expansion draft is likely to be the most desired, although having the top choice in the allocation ranking order can also be a good way to acquire an experienced player. For example, it was used by Atlanta to acquire goalkeeper Brad Guzan.

It’s a complicated process to build a roster from scratch. “You’re trying to look at all the different mechanisms, your international spots, your roster positions, your money, your free agents, your expansion draft picks and you’re trying to see best how to build the deepest squad you can,” Sporting Director Paul McDonough said. “We’ve been preparing. Thinking on who could be available and how they would fit into our team. What would be a win for us is that we come out with a mix of players and assets that can help us continue to build the squad.”

Expansion Draft Take Home Points:

“We know we need MLS experience to be successful,” said McDonough. “It’s important for us to find those guys who can fill certain needs within the starting eleven or immediate depth of the squad as we look to build a competitive roster.”

How Many Players Can Be Selected?

The Expansion Draft provides an opportunity for Miami and Nashville to strengthen their MLS rosters by selecting up to five (5) current players from other MLS teams.

How Many Players Can Each Club Protect?

Each current MLS team may protect up to twelve (12) rostered players (previously 11 in years past) from inclusion on the eligible players list.

When will the list of unprotected players (eligible players) Be Released?

The complete list of players eligible for selection in the 2019 MLS Expansion Draft will be released on Saturday, November 16.

Are Any Teams Exempt From The Expansion Draft?

Yes, as reported earlier on Russo Soccer, certain clubs are exempt. Exempt clubs with players selected by FC Cincinnati in the 2018 Expansion Draft are D.C. United, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, FC Dallas, the Houston Dynamo, and the New York Red Bulls.

Have Any Notable Players Been Acquired Via The Expansion Draft?

Yes, notable former Expansion Draft picks include two players chosen by Los Angeles Football Club in 2017: Latif Blessing and Tyler Miller. Blessing has six goals and five assists this season, alongside Miller’s nine clean sheets (shutouts) for the top-ranked club in the league standings. FC Cincinnati selected Darren Mattocks and Roland Lamah in 2018, and both became regular contributors for the club this season.


This is the first time since 2016 that two teams have had to flip a coin to determine the order of selection. The last time was in 2016, when Atlanta United and Minnesota United were entering the league.

Here is how that draft went. Atlanta won the coin toss, and the mechanisms were then split as seen below. After the type of selection, you can see what player was acquired and how.

  1. ATL:  No.1 pick in 2016 MLS Expansion Draft – (Selected Donny Toia, who was traded to Orlando City for the No. 8 pick in the 2017 SuperDraft, which was used to select Julian Gressel)
  2. MNUFC: No.1 pick in 2017 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas -(Selected Abu Danladi No. 1)
  3. ATL: No.1 position in Allocation Ranking Order – (Atlanta used the top spot to sign Brad Guzan)
  4. MNUFC: Priority on NASL/USL players should Atlanta United try to claim the same player in one of the other leagues in the U.S. – (no competing claim)
  5. ATL: Penultimate position in MLS Re-Entry and End-of-Year Waiver Order – (There were no players chosen by either team in either draft)
  6. MNUFC: Penultimate position in Discovery Player Ranking – (N/A)

The first three mechanisms are clearly more important than the others. But what is important to a team depends on how it plans to build its roster, i.e. is the plan to focus on established talent or unproven potential.

More Information on the expansion draft history and the rules is available on the MLs website:

MLS Expansion Draft History | MLS Expansion Draft Rules


* An expansion draft is a common practice in North American professional sports as a method to begin to stock the roster of a new franchise.

David Silva Will Leave Man City At End Of Season – To Play For David Beckham’s Inter Miami?

He is reportedly intrigued by the idea of becoming the marquee signing for Miami’s inaugural season.

MIAMI, Fla. (September 24, 2019) —

On more than one occasion, when questioned about what players he would like to see on the Inter Miami CF squad, David Beckham has mentioned that the number of star players who have contacted him to express interest in joining has been “remarkable.” I was in attendance on January 29, 2018 when David Beckham told the audience gathered at the Knight Center the same story. The media has seized on this and over the past two years has fed us a seemingly endless supply of transfer rumours. Enter the latest feature.

A few days ago, in a story written by Tony Evans and published in the British online publication The Independent, Inter Miami are reportedly set to sign their first superstar. 

David Silva, Manchester City.

“Ésta será la última temporada. Diez años para mí es suficiente. Es el tiempo perfecto.”

David Silva

According to the report, David Silva will leave the Premier League defending champions Manchester City at the end of his present contract (expiring 30 June 2020) and will join Miami over the summer. Silva agreed to a year-long extension of his contract at the close of last season and said at the time it was likely to be his last season at the Etihad Stadium. He further insisted that he would never join another Premier League side and is reportedly intrigued by the idea of becoming the marquee signing for Miami’s inaugural season.

“This is the last [season]. Ten years is enough for me. It’s the perfect time,” the 33-year-old told the Daily Mail. “Initially, we were talking about two years, but I decided to sign another one, so I finished at 10 years.”

Silva, an attacking midfielder, is 33-years old, and is one of Europe’s most decorated players. He won a World Cup with Spain in 2010, two European Championships (2008 and 2012), four Premier League Titles, two FA Cups, and four League Cups with Manchester City, which he joined in 2010. Silva has twice been named to the Premier League Team of the Season.

Silva arrived in Manchester from Valencia CF in 2010. With the Citizens, Silva has 71 goals and 134 assists over 402 games. He also has had a long career as a member of Spain’s national team, with 123 appearances for Spain, scoring 35 goals and 32 assists.

Silva has 123 appearances for La Selección Española. Photo: Getty Images

Miami has signed five players thus far: Defender Christian Makoun, midfielders Matias Pellegrini, US youth international George Acosta, David Norman Jr. as well as forward Julian Carranza. Each of the current players on the roster is 19-years old. Silva would be 34 at the time he would arrive in South Florida.

The MLS season starts in March and if this rumour holds true, Silva would miss the first three months of Miami’s inaugural campaign. While a move here would likely be Silva’a last team before retiring, MLS has already evolved from being a league where players from Europe land before calling it a career. While some older players still come over, the difference today is that they are still playing the game at a high level. This is certainly true of Silva.

Earlier this month, Inter Miami Managing Owner Jorge Mas and co-owner David Beckham, as well as Sporting Director Paul McDonough were in Europe, making stops in Barcelona, Paris and London, igniting speculation on whether they were talking with potential transfer targets or head coaches.

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez have both been linked to Miami. While Inter Miami has the financial ability to sign pretty much any player they choose, a player like David Silva is perceived as a more realistic possibility. Paris Saint-Germain’s Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani has also been mentioned.

Speculation of a Miami move comes after the player has already spoken of his desire to return to the Canary Islands before retiring. Silva, who is from Arguineguín, Gran Canaria, had previously stated that he might want to return to play at the club where he played as a youth, Las Palmas.

“Me encantaría terminar mi carrera en Las Palmas, pero el fútbol es muy cambiante. Dependerá del equipo y de los jugadores que haya. No puedo volver para jugar en Segunda División”.

“I would love to end my career at Las Palmas, but football is very unpredictable,” he continued. “It will depend on the club and the players that are there. I can’t return to play in the Second Division.”

Silva has featured in each of City’s six Premier League games this season thus far. He’s been a member of the starting eleven and worn the captain’s armband five of those games. He has scored one goal and two assists. This past August 25th, David Silva made his 400th appearance in a Manchester City kit in the Sky Blues’ away trip to the South Coast against Bournemouth; he played all 90 minutes as the Mancunians came away with all three points in a 3-1 victory.

One thing that is for sure is that we should not expect to see #21 playing for another Premier League side or a Chinese club either. “The cycle is complete. It’s a round figure. I couldn’t see myself playing against City,” he said. “China, no. My girlfriend will decide for me!”

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David Silva tiene decidido que ésta será su última temporada en el Manchester City. El canario, de 33 años, ha asegurado que es tiempo de cambiar de aires y no oculta su deseo de volver a Las Palmas.

“Ésta será la última. Diez años para mí es suficiente. Es el tiempo perfecto. Inicialmente estábamos negociando un nuevo contrato por dos temporadas, pero decidí firmar por uno y, de este modo, finalizar mi etapa aquí después de una década”, aseguró Silva, que llegó al City en 2010 procedente del Valencia.

El exinternacional español descartó, eso sí, seguir en la Premier:

“El ciclo está completo. Es una figura redonda. No me podría ver a mí mismo jugando contra el City. Diez años… está bien”.

Después de ganar cuatro Ligas, dos Copas, cuatro Copas de la Liga y dos Supercopas, Silva tiene claro cuál sería la despedida ideal: “Aún no hemos alcanzado el objetivo de ganar la Champions, pero firmaría que cada año fuera como el pasado (ganaron Liga, Copa, Copa de la Liga y Supercopa)”.

Inter Miami CF sign 5th player – A Miamiense

The first American signed by Inter Miami CF, he has played on the United States Men’s National Teams at the Youth Level and has played in the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Miami, Fla. (Friday, September 20, 2019) —

Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami announced today the signing of their fifth player, George Acosta, a Miami native.

“We are excited to sign a player of George’s potential and look forward to integrating him into our inaugural roster.”

Acosta, a 19-year-old offensive midfielder, played on the U-14 and U-16 teams at Weston FC (Fla.) Academy and was well known to the Inter Miami Academy coaching staff. His still young playing career has an international flavour: In 2014, he moved from South Florida to Argentine club Estudiantes de La Plata. After Argentina, Acosta moved back to the United States to play and study at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL. From there, he joined the U-23 team of North Carolina FC.

On July 1, 2018, he joined Club Atlético Boca Juniors’ U-20 team, an achievement that is very rare for a foreign player. He spent the 2018-2019 season on the U-20 and later the Second Team of Boca Juniors. Recently, in August, Acosta was transferred to Austin Bold of the USL Championship, where he has played two games. He will remain with Austin until January when he will join his Internacional teammates for preseason training.

George Acosta was on the C.A. Boca Juniors 2nd Team.

The rising star also has experience as a member of several United States Youth National Teams. Acosta participated in the Montaigu Tournament in France with the US U-16 National Team. His six goals (most of the tournament) helped the United States win the tournament for the first time since 1992. He has played 12 matches on the United States U-17 team, and featured for the Stars and Stripes in the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India, scoring a goal against Colombia and making an assist versus India. (The US reached the quarterfinals of that tournament before bowing out to Brazil 4-1). This year, he was called up to the US U-23 team (currently coached by Inter Miami’s Jason Kreis) for a training camp in June. He also played on the US U-15 and U-19 sides.

“He’s someone that we know will play in the highest levels of soccer in the coming years. He has the opportunity of being one of the USMNT top stars in the near future,” said Austin Bold F.C. General Manager Roberto Silva at the time Acosta was signed.

“We are excited to sign a player of George’s potential and look forward to integrating him into our inaugural roster,” said Inter Miami CF Sporting Director Paul McDonough. Managing Owner Jorge Mas sent out this message this morning via Twitter:

Acosta has dual citizenship with the USA and Colombia (his father is Colombian), so he will not count towards Inter Miami’s current limit of eight (8) international players. The Rosanegro currently have three international players (Carranza, Pellegrini and Makoun) on the roster. Canadian David Norman, Jr. does not count against that limit per MLS rules.


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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.