Kieran Gibbs signs with Beckham’s under-investigation Inter Miami
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – David Beckham’s under-investigation Inter Miami has signed 31-year-old left back Kieran Gibbs to a 2 1/2-season contract that starts July 1 after the expiration of his deal with West Bromwich Albion of England’s Premier League. Gibbs has appeared in 10 league matches this season and 11 overall for West Brom. He joined the Baggies for the 2017-18 season after playing for Arsenal from 2006-07. He spent part of 2007-08 on loan to Norwich. Major League Soccer said on March 5 it is investigating whether Inter Miami violated salary budget and roster guidelines by its signing of French midfielder Blaise Matuidi.
Miami Freedom Park is coming to Miami, but county officials argue it will obstruct both ground and air traffic
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Miami-Dade County commissioners met Tuesday to discuss numerous issues that need to be addressed before the Miami Freedom Park officially opens, including its potential impacts on both ground and air traffic. Also concerning is that the stadium will be located in a direct flight path at Miami International Airport. “How significant traffic around the airport would impact the accessibility of the airport and our economy,” says Sola. “The biggest intersection we have in Dade County, LeJeune Road going to the airport and 836 — it is a huge intersection,” adds Miami-Dade County Commissioner Joe Martinez. Currently, the county code does not permit variances in the area where this stadium is going in.
Inter Miami signs team MVP Lewis Morgan to contact extension
MIAMI – One of the most important players from Inter Miami’s inaugural season has been signed to an extension. Lewis Morgan, Inter Miami’s 2020 Most Valuable Player, will be with the club for at least another three years. Morgan, who told the media he had been working on a new deal with Inter Miami since last year, is now signed on with the club through at least the 2023 season. Morgan was signed by Inter Miami in January of 2020 from Scotland’s Celtic FC. “We know we have a talented group here and we’re looking forward to getting to work.”AdRELATED LINKSouth Florida getting a 2nd MLS team (at least for now)
South Florida getting a 2nd MLS team (at least for now)
A view of Inter Miami CF Stadium prior to a game between Inter Miami CF and Orlando City SC on October 24, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale. FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – After all this time waiting for Major League Soccer’s return to South Florida, Fort Lauderdale will have two teams in town this season. CF Montreal announced Monday that they will train and play home games at Inter Miami CF Stadium to begin the year because of travel restrictions from the Canadian government during the coronavirus pandemic. CF Montreal played its 2020 home games in Harrison, New Jersey. “I want to thank Inter Miami CF for welcoming us.
MLS investigating Beckham’s Inter Miami over Matuidi signing
NEW YORK – Major League Soccer says it is investigating whether David Beckham’s Inter Miami violated salary budget and roster guidelines by its signing of French midfielder Blaise Matuidi. The 33-year-old Matuidi, a member of France’s 2018 World Cup champions, joined Miami on Aug. 13 from Juventus. Miami signed Argentine midfielder Matías Pellegrini, Mexican midfielder Rodolfo Pizarro and Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuaín as high-priced designated players who could exceed the salary budget. Matuidi was not announced as a designated player.
Inter Miami will begin second season in early April as MLS announces Opening Weekend, other key dates
A general view of Inter Miami CF Stadium prior to the game between Inter Miami CF and Orlando City SC on October 24, 2020 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. On Monday, Major League Soccer announced some key dates for the 2021 season, including MLS is Back Opening Weekend on Apr. As far as Inter Miami tickets go, the team said details will be announced shortly after the release of the full season schedule. KEY DATES – MLS 2021 SEASONFeb. 22 - MLS Preseason training begins (6 weeks)Apr. 3-4 - MLS is Back - Opening Weekend 2021Late Aug. - MLS Heineken® Rivalry WeekLate summer - MLS All-Star Game presented by Target, Leagues Cup, Campeones CupNov. 7 - MLS Decision DayNov. 19 - Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs beginDec. 11 - 2021 MLS Cup
Blend it with Beckham: Neville hired to coach Inter Miami
The Football Association has released Neville from his contract immediately after being informed he was in talks to become coach of Inter Miami, the Major League Soccer franchise partly owned by David Beckham. They’re teaming up again with hopes of winning more trophies with Inter Miami. Neville was hired Monday as Inter Miami’s coach, reuniting with Beckham — a co-owner of the MLS club. He will formally start at Inter Miami once he gets a work visa. Alonso got Inter Miami to the MLS Cup playoffs in 2020, marking the seventh time an MLS newcomer reached the postseason.
Diego Alonso out as coach of Inter Miami after one season
InterMiami co-owner David Beckham, right, talks with coach Diego Alonso during an MLS training session, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale. MIAMI – Inter Miami’s tumultuous offseason has continued with the announcement that Diego Alonso will not be back as coach for the club’s second season. Alonso got the team to the MLS Cup playoffs in 2020. That marked the seventh time that an expansion franchise reached the postseason. But Inter Miami was routed by fellow expansion club Nashville in that playoff appearance, finished 10th in the Eastern Conference and wound up with a 7-13-3 record.
College classes now planned at Inter Miami’s stadium
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Inter Miami’s stadium will soon be a college classroom. The MLS club says it is partnering with the Global Institute of Sport on what will become the school’s first campus in North America. Master’s degrees in sports business and management will be offered. The school is an extension of the England-based University Campus of Football Business. “Our facilities were built with flexibility in mind to serve as long-term economic drivers attracting more business, international competitions and tourism to our communities.”For more information, visit www.GIS.sport/Miami
Inter Miami shut out in postseason debut, ending inaugural season
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Randall Leal and Hany Mukhtar scored 10 minutes apart in the first half and Nashville beat Inter Miami 3-0 on Friday night in an all-expansion play-in round game. Nashville advanced to face Toronto FC, last year’s runner-up, on Tuesday night in East Hartford, Connecticut. The defeat ends Inter Miami’s first season, one in which they finished shorthanded because of reported COVID-19 infections. Leandro González Pirez, Gonzalo Higuaín, Federico Higuaín and Andrés Reyes were among the players not suiting up Friday. We suffered that blow and were only able to get settled and play an even match for the last 15 minutes of the first half,” Inter Miami manager Diego Alonso said.
Preview: Inter Miami and Nashville match up for MLS play-in game
Nashville SC hosts Inter Miami CF in the play-in round of the MLS Cup Playoffs. Inter Miami CF ranks fourth in the Eastern Conference drawing 124 corner kicks, averaging 5.4 per game. Lewis Morgan has five goals and five assists for Inter Miami CF. Inter Miami CF: 4-5-1, averaging 1.3 goals, 0.8 assists, 3.9 shots on goal and 7.3 corner kicks per game while allowing 1.6 goals per game. Inter Miami CF: Nicolas Figal (injured), David Norman Jr. (injured), Denso Ulysse (injured), Luis Robles (injured), George Acosta (injured).
Inter Miami CF to face Nashville FC in postseason clash of freshman franchises
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Inter Miami CF is just the seventh team in MLS history to clinch a playoff spot in its inaugural season. Miami (7-13-3, 24 points) will face Nashville SC (8-7-8, 32 points), also a first-year franchise, in the play-in round of the MLS Playoffs on Friday, Nov. 20. Nashville finished the season as the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference while Miami came in tenth, claiming the final playoff spot available. The winner will face Philadelphia Union, the top seed in the East and Supporters' Shied winner, in the first round of the MLS playoffs. The Supporters' Shield is awarded annually to the team with the best regular season record.
Gonzalo Higuaín’s first Inter Miami goal was fantastic. Ray Hudson’s call was even better.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Inter Miami fans can rejoice that their new soccer team has a world-class striker — and they can count on some world-class wordplay from their announcer, too. Argentine national Gonzalo Higuaín netted his first MLS goal on a stunning free kick Wednesday night in a 2-1 victory at the New York Red Bulls. And let’s just say that Ray Hudson’s call was more than up to the moment (not that we should be surprised given his quotable history). Game winner for your @InterMiamiCF and what a first MLS goal for our Gonzalo Higuaín. Call by @RayHudson is epic pic.twitter.com/Rrda5xAEAj — Jorge Mas (@Jorge__Mas) October 8, 2020Among the many highlights:“Beautiful angle and a beautiful distance.
Inter Miami signing Gonzalo Higuain, reports say
All rights reserved)FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Inter Miami CF appears close to adding another international star. Gonzalo Higuain, an Argentine striker who played for Italian power Juventus, will be signing with David Beckham’s expansion team, according to multiple reports, including one posted on MLS’s website. For further confirmation, look no further than the Twitter page of team owner Jorge Mas, who posted a picture of himself with Higuain, wishing him a “warm welcome.”A warm welcome to Gonzalo Higuain, a world class striker and champion. @G_Higuain pic.twitter.com/29wT86aA2J — Jorge Mas (@Jorge__Mas) September 11, 2020Higuain, 32, played in the World Cup for Argentina three times. Inter Miami last month added Blaise Matuidi, a World Cup-winning midfielder with France.
Lewis Morgan scores twice as Inter Miami beats Atlanta United 2-1
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Lewis Morgan scored twice in the first half to help Inter Miami beat Atlanta United 2-1 on Wednesday night for the expansion side’s second victory. Morgan opened the scoring for Miami (2-6-2) in the 28th minute, Eric Remedi countered for Atlanta (3-5-2) in the 33rd, and Morgan connected again in the 38th. Miami goalkeeper Lewis Morgan held off Atlanta in the second half. “I think being clinical was the difference," Inter Miami manager Diego Alonso said. Today we continued generating those chances, but we were more clinical.”Miami travels to face Orlando City SC on Saturday night.
Inter Miami ties Nashville as Blaise Matuidi makes MLS debut
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Luis Robles made four saves for Inter Miami and Joe Willis had five Nashville SC as the MLS expansion teams played to a scoreless draw Sunday night. Inter Miami (1-6-2) was shut out for the third straight game. Nashville (2-4-3) has consecutive draws since beating Inter Miami 1-0 in the first meeting between the teams Aug. 30. Without a doubt, not scoring a goal is a determining factor that has affected us directly on the result and moving forward it could start affecting our confidence, Inter Miami manager Diego Alonso said. If were able to convert and generate confidence, the team will surely produce better matches, win more points and the players will have better performances.French international Blaise Matuidi made his Inter Miami debut, becoming the 12th World Cup winner to play in the league.
Inter Miami match against Atlanta United called off as players protest racial injustice
All rights reserved)FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Inter Miami CF and Atlanta United FC mutually decided not to play their scheduled match on Wednesday night as multiple sports teams protest racial injustice. No other MLS games will be played on Wednesday, though a match between Orlando City and Nashville did go on as scheduled. The NBA called off its three scheduled playoff games on Wednesday after the Milwaukee Bucks announced that they would boycott Game 5 against the Orlando Magic. Additionally, WNBA players did not take the court for any of the league's three scheduled games. Major League Baseball also felt the impact of Wednesdays protests, with the Milwaukee Brewers home game against the Cincinnati Reds being cancelled due to players decision.
Inter Miami CF signs World Cup champ Blaise Matuidi
MIAMI – Inter Miami CF has added a World Cup winner. Owner David Beckham released a statement that read, “I couldn’t be happier to welcome my friend Blaise to Inter Miami. To have a World Cup winner of Blaise’s quality in our new team is such a proud moment- for us as owners and for our fans. Matuidi’s big moment on the international stage was in 2018, where he was a part of France’s World Cup winning squad. Inter Miami CF’s sporting director Paul McDonough said, “Blaise is one of the most successful midfielders of his generation and we’re thrilled to have him at Inter Miami.
Inter Miami CF future schedule released, will finally play first match at new Fort Lauderdale stadium
Over four months after its initially scheduled home opener, Inter Miami CF will play its first match in South Florida later this month. On Saturday, Aug. 22, Inter Miami will host Orlando City SC at Inter Miami CF Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. Games at Inter Miami CF Stadium are the Aug. 22 match against Orlando City, Wednesday, Aug. 26 against Atlanta United FC and Sunday, Sept. 6 against Nashville SC. Inter Miami has struggled thus far during its inaugural season, currently holding an 0-5-0 record and waiting for the franchise's first victory. Should a determination be made that fans are permitted to attend games, all home game tickets will be available one game at a time.
Inter Miami bounced from MLS tourney, still searching for first win
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. Ismael Tajouri-Shradi scored midway through the second half, and New York City FC bounced Inter Miami from the MLS is Back tournament with a 1-0 victory Monday morning. The loss continued the miserable expansion season for Inter Miami, which became the first team in league history to lose its inaugural five matches. Inter Miami also became the first team officially eliminated from the tournament. With the victory, NYCFC kept alive its slim hopes of advancing in the tourney. NYCFC won for the first time in the 2020 season and guaranteed a third-place finish in Group A with three points.
MLS returns to action after poignant moment of silence
(AP Photo/John Raoux)KISSIMMEE, Fla. Nearly 200 players took the field for an 8-minute, 46-second moment of silence to protest racial injustice before Major League Soccers return to action Wednesday night. Players wore black T-shirts, black gloves and black facemasks emblazoned with Black Lives Matter. The shirts had varying slogans that included Black And Proud, Silence Is Violence and Black All The Time. The group was formerly called the Black Players Coalition of MLS but changed its name this week to Black Players for Change. MLS players had weeks to decide what to do prior to the MLS is Back tournament at ESPNs Wide World of Sports complex at Disney World.
Inter Miami CF learns dates, opponents for group stage of MLS is Back tournament
MIAMI – Inter Miami CF continues to prepare for the “MLS Is Back” tournament in Orlando next month. As previously announced, Inter Miami CF will start off the tournament with a primetime match against Orlando City on July 8 at 8pm. Every team in the league will play three games in its group and then the top teams will advance to the next round of the tournament. This will mark the first games since MLS stopped play due to the coronavirus pandemic in March. Inter Miami CF had a player test positive for Covid-19 last week, but that player has been placed in quarantine and the club has resumed preparing for the tournament.
Inter Miami player tests positive for COVID-19
MIAMI, Fla. A player on Inter Miami CF has tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced late Thursday night. The team said the player, who was not identified, was asymptomatic. His test was part of a mandatory round of testing done on the entire club earlier this week. The player is being treated by Inter Miami's medical staff, which the team said has been working directly with local infectious disease specialists. Inter Miami is scheduled to face Orlando City SC in the MLS Is Back tournament opener on July 8 in Orlando.
Inter Miami CF to open against Orlando City
MIAMI – Let the games begin, again. Inter Miami CF will face Orlando City in the first game of the MLS tournament being held in July. Inter Miami CF played two games before the season was shut down because of Covid-19. This week, major league soccer gave the green light for Inter Miami to begin practicing as a full squad. The MLS tournament guarantees every team at least three games, before the knockout stage.