Inter Miami lands best MLS signing yet from Liga MX with Rodolfo Pizarro

There's been a lot of focus on whom David Beckham's Inter Miami would sign for its 2020 MLS launch.

Rodolfo Pizarro is perhaps not a name most South Florida soccer fans thought of, but he could be a transformational signing for MLS.

The 26-year-old midfielder has arguably been the best Mexican player in Liga MX over the last six seasons and he chose to move to MLS from Monterrey.

Pizarro is a record 10th player acquired by an MLS club from a Liga MX club in the offseason and the most expensive signing. Five of the other players were signed for club record transfer fees.

Monterrey announced last Wednesday that Pizarro had rescinded his contract with the Rayados. On Saturday, he played and scored two minutes into entering Inter Miami's scrimmage with the Philadelphia Union in St. Petersburg, Florida.

On Monday, Inter Miami confirmed Pizarro's acquisition though it did not confirm the terms of the deal. The Athletic reported that Inter Miami triggered the release clause in Monterrey's contract for a fee of just under $12 million.

Pizarro is reunited with Inter Miami coach Diego Alonso under whom he played at Pachuca and Monterrey. Between those two teams, Pizarro also played at Guadalajara. Over the last six seasons, here are the highlights of Pizarro's club career:

Pachuca. 2016 Liga MX Clausura champion.
Guadalajara. 2017 Liga MX Clausura, 2017 Copa MX Clausura and 2018 Concacaf Champions League champion, 2018 Concacaf Champions League Best XI, 2018 Concacaf Champions League Best Young Player.
Monterrey. 2019 Liga MX Apertura and 2019 Concacaf Champions League champion, 019 Liga MX Apertura Best XI.

For Mexico, he helped its U-23s win the 2015 Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament and played 81 minutes in the 2019 Gold Cup final, where El Tri beat the USA, 1-0. He has 25 caps since he made his debut for the senior team at the age of 19 in January 2014.

2 comments about "Inter Miami lands best MLS signing yet from Liga MX with Rodolfo Pizarro".
  1. Bob Ashpole, February 18, 2020 at 8:20 a.m.

    Progress. I look forward to seeing how the new club plays.

    What I would like to see is a minimum requirement for fielding US players (i.e., US citizens rather than US residents). I want to see MLS mimic the Bundesliga rather than the EPL in this respect.

  2. Craig Cummings, February 18, 2020 at 8:53 p.m.

    Great point Bob.

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