Andrés Reyes loaned to Inter Miami

Young defender bolsters defense.

Miami has four international roster slots remaining.

MIAMI, Fla.(February 13, 2020) —

Centre-back Andrés Reyes has been loaned by Club Atlético Nacional on a year-long term to Inter Miami CF, the club announced today. Reyes has been a member of the Colombian U-23 national team. Miami will have an option to purchase the player as part of the loan agreement.

The 20-year-old defender will join the Club once he receives a P-1 Visa from USCIS and the club receives his International Transfer Certificate (“ITC”).

Reyes will occupy an international roster slot in the Club’s inaugural squad. Inter Miami currently has four international roster slots remaining, as Julián Carranza, Matías Pellegrini as well as Jay Chapman recently obtained permanent resident alien status (“U.S. Green Cards”). Nicolás Figal, Christian Makoun and Lewis Morgan occupy the other international roster slots. Each team in MLS begins with eight international player slots.

“Andrés is a sturdy defensive presence with a lot of potential,” said Sporting Director Paul McDonough. “We continue adding a few more quality pieces to our roster during the final stretch of preseason, and believe in Andres we have a solid, quick and precise defender in the backline.”

Reyes became a member of the Medellin club’s senior squad in 2018 and made 19 appearances for Los Verdolagas. The team captured the 2018 Copa Colombia title and were second in the 2018 Apertura.

The centre-back has also represented Colombia on a youth level, making 11 appearances for the U-20 side and two appearances for the U-23 side. Reyes was a leader of Colombia’s U-20s’ backline and started in seven of their nine matches at the 2019 U-20 South American Championship, where the Cafeteros only conceded three goals and qualified for the 2019 U-20 World Cup. Reyes went on to appear in four of the team’s five 2019 U-20 World Cup matches.

As a member of Colombia’s U-23 team, he appeared in two international friendlies, playing in matches against Argentina in September 2019 and Japan in November 2019. Most recently, Reyes was a member of the Colombia U-23 team that reached the semifinals of the CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic tournament in January and February 2020.

Pizarro headed to Inter

MIAMI, Fla. (February 12, 2020) —

Club de Fútbol Monterrey have confirmed that Rodolfo Pizarro will be transferred to Inter Miami.

We will have more on this story shortly.

The Athletic Critiques Inter Miami Kits

MIAMI, Fla.(February 11, 2020) —

With the release of MLS’ 25th anniversary kits, the Athletic got down to writing its reviews. Here’s what they said about Inter Miami.

Is Mati about to be abducted by aliens?

Adam: Look, Miami. You’re the pink team. That’s your role. You put out a great crest that included a color shared by no one else in the league. You guaranteed yourself unique shirts and merch for years to come simply by virtue of that decision. You had one job AND YOU BLEW IT. WHY IS THERE BARELY ANY PINK, Y’ALL? WERE YOU AFRAID OF LOOKING TOO FEMININE? WELL THAT’S STUPID. IT’S 2020 AND YOUR OWNER IS ONE OF THE PRETTIEST PEOPLE IN EXISTENCE. MAKE A PRETTY HOME KIT. NOW YOU HAVE TO PLAY A WHOLE SEASON WHERE THE BEST INTER MIAMI KIT STILL BELONGS TO THE SEATTLE SOUNDERS.

Brooks: Without a doubt the most disappointing of the bunch. Ever since I first saw that badge, I have had such high hopes for their kits. Between the colors, the Miami location (well, near Miami) and having David Beckham as a co-owner, they had the perfect opportunity to be really bold with their designs. Instead, they did this. “Pink accent stripes over black (are) an ode to South Florida’s vibrant soul,” they claim, but they’re not. They’re just not. Also, I’m pretty sure this man is about to get abducted by aliens. What is happening with these photos?  

Pablo: What Inter Miami and Adidas have done here should be considered business malpractice. They took arguably the most anticipated jersey in MLS history, one that could’ve paired nicely with a linen blazer, one that could’ve suited both Crockett AND Tubbs, and turned out a design that looks no different than 80% of the league’s other kits. Sharp Inter Miami gear would’ve been a license to print money. Oh well. 

Also of note: They’re sublimated herons, not flamingoes. This is something I recently learned. Anyway, long live Forward Madison.

Julián Carranza out 10-12 weeks with foot injury

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (February 10, 2020) —

With twenty days left until its first game, Inter Miami confirmed the extent of the injury Julián Carranza has incurred. The 19-year-old forward that joined from Club Atlético Banfield will now miss the MLS expansión club’s first official game on March 1. Inter thus will head into its first season without a key member of the squad, who will be unavailable until at least April.

The young Argentine forward Julian will miss 10-12 weeks with the injury to his left foot, sustained on January 30, according to sporting director Paul McDonough. Carranza was taken off the practice field that day on a golf cart, and the medical staff’s ensuing report on his injury was not the news Inter Miami wanted to hear.

Manager Diego Alonso was asked about Carranza. “He’s injured and we’re waiting for him to recover as soon as possible,” said Inter Miami head coach Diego Alonso before this morning’s training session at the team’s training complex in Fort Lauderdale.

Carranza was one of the first two players announced last summer to much fanfare. He was expected to be a starter and regular part of the Rosanegro attack from the start of the season.

“We lose a lot because Juli is a player that’s very important for us,” said Inter Miami center back Nico Figal in Spanish. “He’s a player that has a lot of promise, a forward that is coming off a good stint in Argentina. We’ll just have to try to replace him as best we can and there are players that can do so in a good way.”

In Carranza’s absence, Inter Miami will have to rely on its other options at the forward position to lead the attack: Juan Agudelo, Jerome Kiesewetter, Lewis Morgan, and first overall MLS draft pick Robbie Robinson are all capable of playing up top.

“For any player, it’s bad to start with an injury,” said Figal. “An injury hurts psychologically, but we’re attentive with him, we ask him if he needs anything. I know it’s a difficult moment for a player to be injured, but we have a very unified group that is being put together and that makes him very happy.”

The club continues to chase attackers to use their remaining two Designated Player spots on as well. Most recently, it has been reported that the team and CF Monterrey have agreed to a transfer of forward Rodolfo Pizarro

Inter debut in MLS on March 1 away to LAFC.

How the FIFA rules would permit Inter Miami to acquire Rodolfo Pizarro

FIFA’s rules allow any team to acquire the federative rights to a player, during a transfer window, without the need to negotiate directly with the player’s club, only by tendering the amount of the player’s recission clause in his contract.

MIAMI, Fla. (February 9, 2020) —

Even though Monterrey’s president had given Inter Miami until last Thursday to complete a deal for Rodolfo Pizarro, and the negotiations between Inter Miami and the Rayados de Monterrey for the sale of Pizarro are closed, it is the MLS club that will decide when to make the purchase of the player valid, and not Monterrey.

The salary that he will receive will be double what he earns now, and the rescission clause that forms part of his contract with the Mexican club is around $17 million. Reports are that this will be paid by the South Florida side.

Although Monterrey would like to have clarity on its ability to count on one of its most dominant players for the rest of the Liga MX Clausura 2020, FIFA rules permit any team to acquire the federative rights to a player, during transfer periods, without the need to negotiate with the player’s club, only be tendering the amount of the rescission (aka release) clause in the player’s contract. Rescission clauses are commonly used around the world. (They are not generally used in the Premier League and not at all in MLS, primarily due to differences in the laws of contracts and differences in workers’ rights.)

The situation is similar to the strategy Paris Saint-Germain used to acquire Neymar, Jr. from FC Barcelona, after the Parisian club paid the 222 million Euro release clause that he had in his contract with the Culés and then negotiated a deal with the Brazilian star.

When would Inter Miami employ this strategy? Reports indicate it will be this week or next that Miami will make official the payment of the recission clause that will cause Rodolfo Pizarro to no longer belong to Club de Fútbol Monterrey.

Cómo Las Reglas de la FIFA le permitiría al Inter Miami adquirir Rodolfo Pizarro

Las reglas de la FIFA le permiten a cualquier equipo, adquirir los derechos federativos de un jugador en épocas de transferencias, sin tener la necesidad de negociar con el club dueño, sólo teniendo que pagar la cláusula de rescisión del contrato.

MIAMI, Fla. (February 9, 2020) —

Aunque las negociaciones entre Inter Miami y Rayados de Monterrey por la venta de Rodolfo Pizarro estén arregladas, será el club de la MLS quien decidirá cuándo se hará válida la compra del jugador y no el Club de Fútbol Monterrey.

El sueldo que recibirá Pizarro será el doble de lo que gana actualmente y la cláusula de rescisión que ronda los 17 millones de dólares será liquidada por el club del Sur de La Florida. 

Verdad que el club Monterrey quería tener claridad para poder usar a uno de sus jugadores más determinantes para lo que resta del Clausura 2020 de la liga MX, pero las reglas de la FIFA le permiten a cualquier equipo adquirir los derechos federativos de un jugador, durante épocas de transferencias, sin tener la necesidad de negociar con el club dueño, sólo teniendo que pagar la cláusula de rescisión del contrato.

Esta situación es similar a lo ocurrido en España entre Neymar, PSG y Barcelona, luego de que el club parisino hiciera la negociación con el jugador, pagando los 222 millones de euros correspondientes a la cláusula que tenía el brasileño con el equipo blaugrana.

¿Si este reporte está correcto, cuándo pasa? Todo indica que será la próxima semana cuando Inter Miami haga oficial el pago de la cláusula y Rodolfo Pizarro deje de pertenecer al equipo del Monterrey.

Why this Qatari company might be a good shirt sponsor for Inter Miami CF

MIAMI, Fla. (February 7, 2020) —

On his most recent trip to Qatar, David Beckham reportedly had talks concerning a possible sponsorship agreement with the Qatar government for Inter Miami. He has acted as a spokesperson for the Qatar World Cup 2022.

The club begins its inaugural season at the end of this month and has yet to announce a shirt sponsor. In fact,they are the only team in MLS without a primary kit sponsor. While that is better for fans, who don’t have to have a corporate logo plastered across their chest when sporting the team shirt, it’s bad for business, and in particular the business of running a soccer team.

Discussions with Qatar are said to be at an advanced stage, with the reported top-tier partnership potentially covering kit sponsorship and naming rights to the club’s Freedom Park stadium, scheduled to open in 2022, but more likely in 2023 or 2024. Given the new stadium’s location next to Miami International Airport, it only makes sense to have a partnership with an airline, more so with a partner that is internationally renowned. Qatar Airways was crowned the best airline in the world for 2019, according to the consumer-aviation website Skytrax.

It has not been reported exactly what Beckham’s own role would be if Qatar come on board, but the 44-year-old global icon already has strong links to the Gulf state, after ending his playing career with Qatar-owned Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in 2013.

‎Qatar Airways has been an active sponsor of major football clubs in recent years. It had a shirt sponsorship with FC Barcelona previously. The carrier further strengthened its global sporting partnerships in 2018, becoming the official shirt sponsor of Club Atlético Boca Juniors through the 2022/23 season.

Additionally, in April 2018, the air carrier signed a multi-year partnership agreement with Italian football club AS Roma, further strengthening its commitment to Italy and sports.

According to an announcement, the agreement was the largest ever signed by the club and will see Qatar Airways becoming AS Roma’s Main Global Partner, with the airline’s logo to adorn the team’s shirts through the 2020-21 season. The shirt sponsorship agreement is worth 40 million euros ($48.92 million) for three seasons, a source close to the matter stated to Reuters.

“AS Roma is one of the most successful and well-known football clubs in the world, and our shared passion to strive for excellence and innovation make this a natural partnership,” said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Office Akbar Al Baker.

Bryn Anderson, Director at Brand Finance, commented:

“The Middle Eastern airlines are leading the industry in their support of iconic global football clubs. Not only is this earning significant attention within the European cities where the clubs are based, but the global nature of their fan base is earning attention for the airlines from across the world. These sponsorships work because football is a truly global sport, allowing airlines with global aspirations to reach customers and potential customers around the world.”

The airline currently flies twice a day to Rome and Milan, as well as daily to Venice and Pisa. They also acquired a 49 percent stake in AQA Holding, the parent company of Air Italy, which was previously known as Meridiana. Air Italy also flies to Miami from Milan (Malpensa) once a day, six days a week.

Qatar Airways is further embracing sports as the Official Airline Partner of FIFA, which includes 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the FIFA Club World Cup, the FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Moreover, it has signed a five-year partnership agreement with leading German football team FC Bayern München, and has a partnership with the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Rome.

“As an airline, we firmly believe in the power of sport to unite people.” said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker.

Miami became Qatar Airways’ sixth destination in the United States back in June 2014.

Inter Miami has previously announced Heineken as a founding part and official beer, and BodyArmor as the official sports drink. But as mentioned, the shirt sponsor is yet to be announced. A big name sponsor such as Qatar Airways would be a major victory for the commercial side of the operations.

Rodolfo Pizarro concentrará con Monterrey ante falta de pago de Inter Miami

El cuadro de la MLS no ha cumplido en la fecha acordada, por lo que el jugador viajará a León para incorporarse al equipo.

MIAMI, Fla. (February 7, 2020) —

Inter Miami no ha realizado el pago de la cláusula de recisión de Rodolfo Pizarro, por lo que el jugador concentrará con el CF Monterrey. El cuadro regiomontano puso fecha límite para el equipo de la MLS, misma que culmina este jueves.

El futbolista no viajó con el equipo a Aguascalientes para medirse ante Necaxa, por lo que se quedó en la “Sultana del Norte” (Monterrey). Sin embargo, sí emprenderá viaje rumbo a León, donde Rayados visitará a la Fiera para el duelo de la jornada cinco del Clausura 2020 de la Liga MX.

La directiva regiomontana puso como fecha máxima, el jueves, 6 de febrero para que Inter Miami pagara los 19.6 millones de dólares de la cláusula de recisión que tiene Pizarro. Al no tener el depósito registrado, se tomó la decisión de que el futbolista volviera a las actividades habituales con su equipo de la Liga MX.

Información sobre Rodolfo Pizarro

Deportes en TUDN

New CBA Agreed To Between MLS and MLSPA

MIAMI, Fla. (February 6, 2020) —

With twenty-four days to go before Inter Miami’s first-ever regular season match, fans now have one less thing to worry about.

Today, MLS and the MLSPA, the union that represents the players, announced that they have agreed in principle to a new collective bargaining agreement. The CBA, as it is commonly known, sets forth the agreement between the league and the players, and controls key issues such as free agency, minimum salaries, player benefits and more.

The new agreement will be for a five-year term, running from Feb. 1, 2020 through Jan. 31, 2024.

Inter Miami players, along with those on the other 26 MLS clubs, will greatly benefit from this new deal. In a process that in past negotiations ran right up to the season openers, the two sides never seemed to hit any major roadblocks in agreeing to, among other things, expanded free agency. A number of items the players union had sought have also been moved in a direction that benefits players. Both sides in this labour negotiation are calling the new deal a victory.

The key issues that have been agreed to can be found here:

Inter Miami contrató al delantero escocés Lewis Morgan

Inter Miami CF anunció hoy que ha adquirido al extremo escocés Lewis Morgan, proveniente del Celtic Football Club de la Scottish Premier League, por una cifra de transferencia no revelada.

El extremo de 23 años, ya ha figurado para la selección nacional de Escocia, y aporta a la ofensiva del Inter Miami de cara a su temporada inaugural de la Major League Soccer (MLS) season.

Morgan ocupará una plaza internacional en la plantilla y será añadido al plantel a la espera de su Certificado de Transferencia Internacional y su Visa P-1.

Morgan llegó al Celtic en enero de 2018, debutando ese año en un partido clasificatorio para la UEFA Champions League ante el Alashkert Yerevan. Registró 31 participaciones para el club, incluyendo siete en la UEFA Champions League y ocho en la UEFA Europa League. Aportó dos asistencias en la Champions League y dos goles en la Europa League para el equipo.

“Lewis es un jugador emocionante que contribuirá a nuestro ataque. Es un jugador veloz y dinámico que opera bien en espacios. Ha demostrado su calidad en Escócia y en Inglaterra y estamos felices de adquirirlo”.

Paul McDonough, Director Deportivo

El atacante de 23 años también mostró su versatilidad a finales de 2019, jugando como delantero para una serie de partidos importantes, incluyendo la final de la Copa de la Liga de Escocia, en donde consiguió un triunfo por 1-0 para el Celtic.

Morgan pasó la segunda mitad de la temporada 2018/19 cedido en el Sunderland A.F.C. de la English Football League One, donde tuvo 22 participaciones. Sumó dos goles y cuatro asistencias para el club, incluyendo un gol crucial que ayudó al equipo a llegar a la final del Trofeo EFL.

El escocés comenzó su carrera profesional en el Saint Mirren Football Club en Escócia después de años en la cantera del Rangers Football Club. En St. Mirren, Morgan disfrutó del periodo más productivo de su carrera, registrando 18 goles y 13 asistencias en todas las competiciones de la temporada 2017/18. En total, hizo 118 participaciones para el club, totalizando 29 goles y 23 asistencias.

Morgan ha jugado para la selección mayor de Escocia en dos ocasiones, haciendo su debut en un juego amistoso contra Perú en el 2018. Días más tarde, realizó su segunda participación para el equipo nacional, apareciendo en un juego amistoso contra México.

Morgan también ha jugado para el equipo escocés Sub-21, participando en nueve partidos. Registró dos goles y dos asistencias para el equipo.