Fútbol Law: Pellegrini, Carranza now count as domestic players

MIAMI, Fla. (February 4, 2020) —

You might have missed it last week, but Inter Miami CF experienced an internal roster shakeup.

Midfielder Matías Pellegrini and forward Julián Carranza have had changes to their immigration status. Both received what is commonly called a “green card”, which will alter their status on the team’s roster. The pair of Argentines will now be classified as “domestic” players after originally signing with the club as international players.

The pair of 19-year-olds were Inter Miami’s first two players to be signed, with both joining the club in July 2019. Pellegrini joined Miami via transfer from Estudiantes de La Plata as a young designated player while Carranza joined the club via transfer from Club Atlético Banfield.

Pursuant to MLS rules, each team is assigned eight international slots to begin with. For a refresher on the rules related to rosters head over to Russo Soccer. According to the rules, international roster slots are assets that can be traded, and there is no limit on the number of international roster slots a club can acquire, so long as the club is otherwise compliant with the salary budget cap, number of players, designated players, and so forth.

A player with permanent resident alien status (a/k/a a holder of a “green card”) is classified as a domestic player and does not count against the international player limit. In MLS, Canadian players, such as Inter Miami’s Jay Chapman and David Norman, Jr. also do not count as international players. Americans playing on one of the three Canadian MLS teams (Montréal, Toronto, Vancouver) likewise are not considered international players on their teams.

“Both Julián and Matías showed us they really wanted to take the next step of their career with Inter Miami CF,” Inter Miami sporting director Paul McDonough said in a statement when the club signed them. “We liked that Pellegrini can play inside and out wide, has very good aerobic capacity and can cover a lot of ground, while Julián is a very grounded player with an impressive work rate. He’s the player that strives to score goals and is very good in the box.”

McDonough said Pellegrini and Carranza’s change of status does not affect the club’s roster decisions going forward, as their being awarded green cards was anticipated by Inter Miami.

“We started the process back when we signed them,” McDonough said. “The benefit of that is that we can sign two more international players if we choose to. We can sell them to get some assets back.

“We think it’ll help us in a number of ways.”

For U.S.-based clubs, any player who does not qualify as a U.S. Domestic Player in a U.S. club must be considered an international player and occupy an international roster slot. Per MLS’s official website, a domestic player is “either a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident (green card holder) or the holder of certain other special status (i.e., has been granted refugee or asylum status) or a player who qualifies under the homegrown international rule.”

With the recent signing of Nico Figal from Independiente, and the trading of one international slot to Columbus as part of the trade to acquire Wil Trapp, Inter Miami have four more international roster slots remaining. McDonough added “we have a few still coming” when referring to those international roster slots.

Press Release Photo By Inter Miami CF

Winger Lewis Morgan Signed From Celtic Football Club

MIami, Fla. (February 4, 2020). —

Morgan Lewis is a law firm. Lewis Morgan, on the other hand, is a football player. Now, Miami has both.

As had been rumoured, Inter Miami CF announced it has signed winger Lewis Morgan from the Celtic Football Club for an undisclosed transfer fee. The 23-year-old, who has also earned international experience with the Scottish national team, adds another attacking threat to the Inter Miami roster ahead of its inaugural Major League Soccer season.

Morgan will occupy an international roster slot and be added to the roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 Visa.

“Lewis is an exciting player that will contribute to our attack,” said Inter Miami CF Sporting Director Paul McDonough. “He is a pacey and dynamic player who operates well in space. He has shown his quality in Scotland and in England and we’re happy to acquire him.”

Morgan joined Celtic in January 2018, making his debut later that year in a UEFA Champions League qualifying match against Alashkert Yerevan. He made 31 appearances for the Glasgow club including seven in the Champions League and eight in the UEFA Europa League. He registered two Champions League assists and two Europa League goals for the team.

The 23-year-old also showed his versatility late in 2019, filling in as a striker for the Hoops on a number of important matches including the Scottish League Cup final, a silverware-winning 1-0 triumph for Celtic. He made eighteen appearances for the Bhoys this season. The transfer to Inter Miami came as a surprise to some, as Morgan had drawn interest from clubs such as Stoke City, and had himself stated he felt strongly about staying put at Parkhead and proving himself under manager Neil Lennon.

Morgan spent the second half of the 2018/19 season on loan at Sunderland AFC where he made 22 appearances. He tallied two goals and four assists for the club including a crucial goal that helped the team reach the EFL Trophy final.

The young wide player began his professional career at Saint Mirren Football Club in Scotland after years in the Rangers Football Club Academy. At St. Mirren, Morgan enjoyed a very productive spell, registering 18 goals and 13 assists across all competitions in the 2017/18 season. In total, he made 118 appearances for the club, totalling 29 goals and 23 assists.

Morgan has received two senior caps for Scotland, making his debut in a 2018 friendly against Peru. He made his second appearance for the national team a few days later, appearing in a friendly against Mexico.

Morgan has also featured for the Scottish U-21 team, appearing in nine matches. He registered two goals and two assists for the team.

Inter Miami acquire US International Wil Trapp

MIAMI, Fla. (February 3, 2020) —

Inter Miami CF arrived at an agreement this past Friday with the Columbus Crew for the acquisition of US International winger Wil Trapp. The Ohio native has spent his entire career with the Crew and will be leaving a state where he was admired by fans. Trapp was heading into the final year of his contract.

He has been a key player in the Crew midfield and has been one of the best defensive midfielders in MLS in recent years. Now, he will ply his trade with a Miami team that will need to make an immediate impression in a demanding market.

Miami will pay $100,000 in general allocation money (“GAM”) to Columbus as part of the trade, and could pay up to $200,000 more depending upon performance objectives built into the deal.

“Wil is one of the most respected leaders in American soccer. He has served as captain at both the club and international levels and fits the culture we are building here in South Florida. Wil is also a top-class midfielder with established success in MLS.”

Paul McDonough, Inter Miami sporting director

In addition to the financial consideration, Miami is also trading away an international player slot to Columbus. This is the first such trade for Miami after beginning with eight international player slots. Two players who had occupied international slots, Julián Carranza and Matías Pellegrini, recently were granted permanent resident alien status by USCIS and thus ceased to be considered international players.

Trapp, who is from Columbus, turned twenty-seven years of age this month. He originally signed for Columbus before the 2013 season, after being in the team’s academy. He was also a team captain.

El Cuadro Miamiense anuncia el fichaje del volante central Wil Trapp

MIAMI, Fla. (February 3, 2020) —

Inter Miami CF llegó a un acuerdo con Columbus Crew para incorporar al volante Wil Trapp.

El equipo del Sur de la Florida abonará en lo inmediato 100.000 dólares en Fondos de Adjudicación General (“GAM”), según anunciaron los clubes el viernes. Miami enviará otros 200.000 dólares si el futbolista cumple con determinados objetivos.

“Wil es uno de los líderes más respetados en el fútbol estadounidense. Ha sido capitán a nivel de clubes y a nivel internacional y encaja con la cultura que estamos construyendo aquí. Además es un centrocampista de primera clase, con éxito establecido en MLS”.

Paul McDonough, director deportivo de Inter Miami

También, Miami dará uno de sus espacios de jugadores internacionales al Crew. (international player slot).

Trapp cumplió 27 años este mes, y firmó con Columbus Crew un contrato como canterano antes del inicio de la temporada 2013 de MLS. El centrocampista realizó 185 apariciones para el club de su ciudad natal, del que fue nombrado capitán.

Inter Miami in negotiations with CF Monterrey for Pizarro

MIAMI, Fla. (February 3, 2020) —

Inter Miami is in negotiations with Club de Fútbol Monterrey for attacking midfielder Rodolfo Pizarro and hope to soon finalise a transfer for the Mexican international.

Pizarro, 25, has played nine seasons in Liga MX, Mexico’s top division. He has played in over 200 games with CF Pachuca, Club Deportivo Guadalajara (Chivas) and C.F. Monterrey. He’s also a regular with the Mexican national team, earning ten appearances with seven starts for Mexico in 2019, including a standout performance in the Gold Cup final against the United States, a 1-0 win for El Tri

Miami sporting director Paul McDonough has confirmed as of last Friday that he was indeed going after Pizarro. The club and the player are now in talks over personal terms, the sources said. (Any eventual contract would be signed with MLS and the player, however, given the single-entity legal structure of the league.)

Pizarro’s release clause with the Rayados is close to $20 million, and Mexican media reported that Miami was ready or in fact had offered $19.6 million. According to The Athletic, Pizarro would be purchased by Miami for less than $10 million. 

Pizarro would occupy an international player slot on Miami’s roster, and would be a designated player, though the club is still seeking a designated player at the forward spot. Club America’s Roger Martinez remains a transfer target, sources said, and negotiations continue with the player. Miami owner Jorge Mas said on Thursday that the club also has its eyes on PSG and Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani.

“We have had conversations about Cavani, but I don’t want to make any comments further than that based on that he is a PSG player at the time,” Mas told Sky Sports News.

Pizarro would become the starter at the No. 10 spot in the Rosanegro midfield, which also includes US international Will Trapp, acquired last Friday in a trade with Columbus Crew.

Pizarro had been linked with a move to the Chicago Fire in this transfer window, but it appears now that a move to Fort Lauderdale and a reunion with his former coach at C.F. Monterrey, Diego Alonso, is more likely.

Miami will open its inaugural MLS campaign on March 1st against defending Supporters’ Shield winners LAFC. 

Adiós Monterrey: Rodolfo Pizarro pasará al Inter Miami

Rodolfo Pizarro, todavía jugador de Rayados, engrosará la lista de mexicanos en la MLS, pues está prácticamente cerrado para reforzar al Inter Miami

MIAMI, Fla. (February 3, 2020) —

En este momento Rodolfo Pizarro todavía juega para Los Rayados de Monterrey, Campeón de la Liga MX, pues está prácticamente cerrado para reforzar al Inter de Miami, franquicia que hará su debut esta temporada.

Pizarro engrosará la lista de mexicanos jugando en la MLS.

El cuadro Miamiense está a detalles de llevarse al ofensivo tamaulipeco al acordar pagar la cláusula de casi 20 millones de dólares que había puesto C.F. Monterrey en su contrato y sería cuestión de días para que se haga oficial, confirmaron fuentes en Miami al periódico Mediotiempo. Diego Medina, un reportero de TUDN, pudo también confirmar que el Inter Miami realizó una última oferta de 19.6 millones de dólares para hacerse del mediocampista mexicano.

Pizarro está más que motivado con la posibilidad de irse a jugar a Miami, con Diego Alonso como su DT, y por tal motivo, tanto su representante, Manfredi Caleca, como su padre, se encuentran este sábado en las instalaciones del C.F. Monterrey para ultimar detalles y cerrar la transferencia que lo convertirá en el segundo jugador franquicia (se llama DP) del club.

David Beckham se comunicó con Rodolfo Pizarro 

Según Mediotiempo, David Beckham, presidente y accionista del equipo, ya estuvo en comunicación con el propio Pizarro, en una clara muestra del gran deseo que existe de que el seleccionado mexicano vista en colores rosa y negro.

Además de la alta cláusula, el Inter de Miami complacerá a Pizarro con un sueldo irresistible, pues trasciende que cobraría prácticamente el doble de lo que percibe actualmente en Monterrey.

Ante la posibilidad de irse a Miami, Pizarro no estaba en el plantel para el duelo de la Jornada 4 partido que Rayados perdieron 1-2 contra el Querétaro en el Estadio BBVA.

En caso de que Rayados la acepte, superaría los 16 millones de dólares que en su momento el cuadro pagó por Pizarro a Chivas en verano del 2018.

Cabe recordar que, el Inter Miami de Diego Alonso, extécnico de Monterrey, estuvo interesado también en los delanteros Dorlan Pabón y Rogelio Funes Mori.

Fichaje del Defensa Figal

MIAMI, Fla. (January 31, 2020) —

El Inter Miami anunció este jueves el fichaje del defensa central Nicolás Figal, un experimentado jugador que tiene 25 años, a través de una transferencia del Club Atlético Independiente de la Superliga Argentina.

Según un comunicado de prensa dado a conocer hoy por el Inter Miami, el fichaje se realizó utilizando dinero de asignación dirigida (“TAM”), indica un comunicado de prensa dado a conocer hoy por el Inter Miami. El defensor pasó al Inter de Miami en 3 millones de dólares netos por el 50% del pase y objetivos que aún restan detallar. La intención de Independiente será blindar el otro 50%, pensando en una futura venta del cuadro miamiense..

Figal ocupará un espacio en la lista internacional hasta que reciba su Certificado de Transferencia Internacional y su Visa P-1, agrega al comunicado. “Nico recién está entrando en su mejor momento como jugador y ya ha demostrado una habilidad impresionante en defensa”, dijo el director deportivo del Inter Miami CF, Paul McDonough.

“Mostró su calidad jugando en Argentina, ganando importantes competiciones internacionales y siendo seleccionado como uno de los mejores defensores de su país. Estamos felices de poder traerlo y continuar asegurando nuestra línea de fondo “, agregó McDonough.

La campaña 2019-20 ha sido productiva para Figal, ya que comenzó en los 14 partidos de liga, en los que jugó y anotó un gol, y tres asistencias a pesar de su posición defensiva. Su versatilidad también lo ha hecho presentarse como un lateral derecho para el Independiente.

El Inter Miami, del exfutbolista David Beckham y el empresario Jorge Mas, la semana pasada había anunciado la incorporación de cinco o seis jugadores más a su plantilla, que dirige el uruguayo Diego Alonso.

El objetivo es encarar la MLS, en la que debutarán el 1 de marzo en la casa de Los Angeles FC.

“Estamos completando el equipo y yo creo que van a haber cinco o seis jugadores nuevos que se van a incorporar al equipo en las próximas semanas”, anunció el pasado miércoles durante una rueda de prensa el cubano-estadounidense Mas.

El Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami jugará todos sus partidos en casa en el Inter Miami FC Stadium, en Fort Lauderdale, comenzando con el primer partido el sábado 14 de marzo contra el LA Galaxy.

Ubicado frente a Commercial Boulevard y la I-95, 56 kilómetros al norte de Miami, el estadio se encuentra adyacente a las nuevas instalaciones de entrenamiento del club de 50.000 pies cuadrados (4.645 metros cuadrados), que incluye siete campos profesionales, según el comunicado.

La instalación será el hogar de todos los equipos de Inter Miami, incluidos MLS, USL League One y la Academia.

También albergará clubes internacionales, torneos y eventos deportivos locales de secundaria.

Inter Miami acquire Nico Figal via transfer from Independiente

MIAMI, Fla. (January 31, 2020) –

Inter Miami CF announced Thursday it has signed Argentine center back Jorge Nicolás Figal via transfer from Club Atlético Independiente in the Superliga Argentina. The experienced 25-year-old from Buenos Aires, who was called up to the Argentine senior national team last year, adds to a growing contingent of Argentine internationals on the inaugural Inter Miami roster. (Inter Miami has yet to sign any Brazilian players.)

“One of the best defenders of his country.”

paul McDonough

The transaction was made possible through the use of targeted allocation money (“TAM”). The transfer fee was not disclosed. Transfermarkt.com lists Figal’s market value as being $6.84 million. According to Argentine press, the transfer fee is $3 million and could rise based on performance, and a 50 % sell on clause. Independiente will receive the other 50%, thinking that Inter Miami may sell Figal in the future.

Figal will occupy an international roster slot on the roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (required by FIFA Rules) and P-1 Visa (from USCIS).

“Nico is just entering his prime as a player and has already shown impressive skill in defense,” said Inter Miami Sporting Director Paul McDonough. “He showed his quality playing in Argentina, winning important international competitions and being selected as one of the best defenders of his country. We’re happy to be able to bring him in and continue to sure up our backline.”

Figal has spent the majority of his career with Independiente, making his professional debut for the club at 19 years old. His first senior appearance came in a match against Club Atlético Gimnasia y Esgrima in 2014. He helped guide the club to promotion to the first division that season where they have remained since.

Figal made 104 total appearances for Independiente, leading the team to the prestigious 2017 Copa Sudamericana and the 2018 Suruga Bank Championship titles. While in Argentina, Figal faced new teammates Julián Carranza and Matías Pellegrini: On February 9, 2018 he faced Pellegrini, who scored in a 2-2 draw; on December 6, 2019, with Carranza’s Club Atlético Banfield earning a 1-0 victory.

During the 2019-20 season, Figal appeared and started in 14 of Independiente’s 17 matches played thus far. (He was not in the squad for matches on Oct. 6, Jan. 20, and Jan. 27.) He had one goal and three assists despite his defensive positioning. His versatility has also seen him feature as a right back for Independiente.

The defender spent part of the 2015-16 season on loan at Club Olimpo, also in the Superliga Argentina. He made 15 appearances for the team and scored one goal.

In September 2019, Figal received two senior call-ups for the Argentine national team for friendlies against Chile and Mexico, though he did not play in those matches.

Inter Miami hold talks over Paris Saint-Germain striker

MIAMI, Fla. (February 1, 2020) —

Inter Miami managing owner Jorge Mas says the franchise have held discussions over a move for Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani ahead of their MLS debut this season.

Cavani, PSG’s all-time leading goalscorer, is out of contract at the Ligue 1 club at the end of the season, meaning he will be available on a free transfer per FIFA rules.

Inter Miami, David Beckham’s new MLS franchise,will play its first game on March 1 and managing owner Jorge Mas told Sky Sports News that they are interested in Cavani.

“We have had conversations about Cavani, but I don’t want to make any comments further than that based on that he is a PSG player at the time,” Mas told Sky Sports News.

The 32-year-old is valued at (‎‎€29.36 m) $35.4 million by PSG, with Atletico Madrid ending the interest in a January deal for the Uruguay international last Thursday. Since moving to France seven years ago, Cavani has scored 198 goals for PSG, contributing to five league title wins and a host of domestic trophies. He has twice been Ligue Un’s top scorer too.

Cavani, who has also been linked to Chelsea and Manchester United this month, has started just four Ligue 1 fixtures this season and none in the Champions League group stage, appearing mainly as a substitute.

PSG, meanwhile, says Edinson Cavani will not be leaving Paris Saint-Germain in January.

PSG sporting director Leonardo revealed today that they have been unable to agree a price with any of the clubs interested in taking the striker, who only has six months left in Paris. “It wasn’t really our plan to sell him but there was a moment when we studied the proposals,” Leonardo said.

Training on The Treasure Coast

MIAMI, Fla. (January 31, 2020) —

After beginning its training camp at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, Inter Miami moved up the coast to Port Saint Lucie, for a week long stay at Club Med Sandpiper Bay.

It was a week full of intense training, technical skills, situations, work outs, and more. On top of that, the week away from the distractions of home allowed the players to begin to bond.

By all accounts, it was a successful week.

“The intensity on the field kind of translates off the field and in the card games as well,” Dylan Nealis said. “It can get intense. The real character really comes out in some of the games. It’s just nice to see where everyone comes from. Some guys have been in the league and they’re sharing their stories, and I’m just all ears, listening and taking everything in.”

Venezuelan defender Christian Makoun, 19, who began practicing this week after joining Inter Miami on Tuesday, said he already sees the team as “very united”. Ambrose, who’s also played for Atlanta United FC and Orlando SC, said the biggest thing he’s learned about Inter Miami so far is how much of a family they aspire to be.

“I’ve been with previous clubs where it’s been pure business and not very much about relationships,” Ambrose said. “It’s awesome how they want to come together as a family. We’ve already had dinner with the owner and how close everybody wants to be and how close the organization is trying to be.”