Inter Miami used MLS Expansion Draft to add
five players to its roster.
But the big news from the Miami camp on Tuesday was that David Beckham's expansion team has settled on a coach.
Speaking at the beginning of August, managing owner Jorge Mas said Inter Miami would hire a coach "soon." In early October, Mas said on Planet Futbol that it was "very close to naming someone."
Almost six weeks later, a decision on a coach has been made. Paul McDonough, Inter Milan’s sporting director, told the Miami Herald at an Expansion Draft fan party in the Coral Gables on Tuesday night that the club was in “the contract stage” with a coach, he'll be announced “in the next couple of weeks" and "you’ll know his name.”
The names often mentioned? Argentines Marcelo Gallardo, who will coach River Plate in the Copa Libertadores final on Saturday and played in MLS with D.C. United, and Santiago Solari, who most recently coached Real Madrid and played college soccer at Division III Stockton, and Italian Gennaro Gattuso, who most recently coached AC Milan.
1. DF Ben Sweat (New York City FC)
2. DF Alvas Powell (FC Cincinnati)
3. MF Lee Nguyen (LAFC)
4. MF Luis Argudo (Columbus Crew)
5. GK Bryan Meredith (Seattle)
1. Acquired FC Cincinnati’s No. 3 pick in 2020 SuperDraft for $150,000 in GAM.
Inter Miami already has a strong start to building its roster with the signing of Argentine teenager Matias Pellegrini from Estudiantes for a reported $9 million transfer fee, but it has plans to add two international players as Designated Players. Names mentioned include Uruguayan Edinson Cavani of Paris St. Germain and Spaniard David Silva of Manchester City.
Besides Pellegrini, Inter Miami has already signed two other highly regarded teenagers from South America -- Venezuelan Christian Makoun and Argentine Julian Carranza.
Expansion picks include a pair of former U.S. internationals -- Lee Nguyen and Ben Sweat -- as well as Jamaican Alvas Powell, who was selected in the Expansion Draft for the second year in a row after playing in MLS Cup twice with the Portland Timbers (2005 and 2008).
2020 MLS Roster:
Goalkeepers (1): Bryan Meredith (Seattle).
Defenders (4): Grant Lillard (Chicago Fire), Christian Makoun (Zamora FC/VEN), Alvas Powell (FC Cincinnati), Ben Sweat (NYCFC).
Midfielders (7): George Acosta (Austin Bold), Luis Argudo (Columbus Crew), Jay Chapman (Toronto FC), Lee Nguyen (LAFC), David Norman Jr. (Vancouver Whitecaps), Matias Pellegrini (Estudiantes de La Plata/ARG), Victor Ulloa (FC Cincinnati).
Forwards (2): Julian Carranza (Banfield/ARG), Julian Kiesewetter (El Paso Locomotive)