Aujourd’hui / Today: Le Match des Étoiles De La MLS Contre Atlético De Madrid

La MLS Annonce Son Effectif de 26 joueurs pour le Match des étoiles

Le coup d’envoi sera donné à 20h / Kickoff is at 8:00 p.m. EDT

Orlando, Fla. (mercredi, le 31 juillettré 2019) – Kenneth Russo

Voici l’effectif de la MLS pour le Match des étoiles 2019, par position. / Here are the 26 players for MLS in tonight’s All-Star Game, 2019, sorted by position:

Gardiens de but / Goalkeepers:

  1. Andre Blake* (Philadelphia Union)
  2. Brad Guzan^ (Atlanta United)
  3. Nick Rimando# (Real Salt Lake)

Défenseurs / Defenders:

  1. Matt Hedges* (FC Dallas)
  2. Kemar Lawrence* (New York Red Bulls)
  3. Romain Métanire*(Minnesota United FC)
  4. Leandro González Pírez^ (Atlanta United)
  5. Bastian Schweinsteiger* (Chicago Fire)
  6. Walker Zimmerman^ (Los Angeles Football Club)
  7. Graham Zusi^ (Sporting Kansas City)

Milieux de terrain / Midfielders:

  1. Ezequiel Barco^ (Atlanta United)
  2. Diego Chara* (Portland Timbers)
  3. Jonathan dos Santos^ (LA Galaxy)
  4. Mark-Anthony Kaye* (Los Angeles Football Club)
  5. Nicolás Lodeiro* (Seattle Sounders FC)
  6. Gonzalo« Pity » Martínez^ (Atlanta United)
  7. Maxi Moralez* (NYCFC)
  8. Nani^ (Orlando City SC)
  9. Paxton Pomykal# (FC Dallas)
  10. Alejandro Pozuelo* (Toronto FC)
  11. Diego Rossi* (Los Angeles Football Club)

Attaquants / Forwards:

  1. Zlatan Ibrahimović^ (LA Galaxy Défi EA SPORTS “More Than a Vote”)
  2. Josef Martínez* (Atlanta United)
  3. Wayne Rooney^ (D.C. United)
  4. Chris Wondolowski* (San Jose Earthquakes)
  5. Carlos Vela^ (Los Angeles Football Club)

Entreineur-en-Chef / Manager:

James O’Connor (Orlando City SC)

^ Choix du Onze populaire (Fan Selection)
* Sélection de James O’Connor (Coaches Selection)
# Choix du commissaire Don Garber
(Commissioner’s Selection)

Au total, 14 pays sont représentés dans cet effectif – le deuxième le plus cosmopolite de l’histoire du Match des étoiles de la MLS – qui compte onze joueurs ayant été sélectionnés pour une Coupe du monde et huit joueurs actuellement avec leur équipe nationale. Parmi eux, Andre Blake(Philadelphia Union, Jamaïque), Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy, Mexique), Kemar Lawrence(New York Red Bulls, Jamaïque), Mark-Anthony Kaye (LAFC, Canada) et Walker Zimmerman(LAFC, États-Unis) était à la Gold Cup, alors que Josef Martinez (Atlanta United, Venezuela) et Nicolás Lodeiro (Seattle Sounders FC, Uruguay) prennent part à la Copa America 2019.

In total, 14 countries are represented in this squad – the second most cosmopolitan in the history of the MLS All Star Game – including 11 players who were selected for the World Cup and 8 players who are currently members of their country’s national teams. Among them, Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union, Jamaica), Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy, Mexico), Kemar Lawrence (NY Red Bulls, Jamaica), Mark-Anthony Kaye (LAFC, Canada) and Walker Zimmerman (LAFC, USA) all were in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup, while Josef Martinez (Atlanta United, Venezuela) and Nicolas Lodeiro (Seattle Sounders, Uruguay) took part in the Copa America 2019.

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Inter Miami CF Announces First Two Players

Another Historic Day In The Life of Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami.

Club Confirms Previous Reports Here And Elsewhere.

Miami, Fla. (Friday, July 26, 2019) by Kenneth Russo

Another day. Another first. Two of them, to be precise.

The team that for so long didn’t have a name; didn’t have colours; didn’t have a chance according to some; lacked this and didn’t have that; whose supporters were mocked for supporting a fictitious team. All this has changed over the past year and a half, of course.

And today, the dream is more tangible than ever. For today, the Rosanegra has announced the signing of its first two jugadores.

The club was expected to name its first players over the summer. Exactly when wasn’t known for sure. However, reports out of Argentina in recent days and weeks suggested that transfer deals were in place, and research revealed that the players whose names had been reported on had indeed visited Miami.

This morning, Inter Miami raised expectations that an announcement was forthcoming by posting several tweets on its Instagram account. It seemed to be a prelude to something big:

And big it was. “Matías Pellegrini. El Primero.” That was the caption on the first video announcement that was sent out on social media at 3:57 p.m. EDT. a video that was described with words such as “clean,” “more like a raggaeton singer intro,” “dope merch,” “dope marketing,” and “dripping in swag.” In other words, a very Miami-like production, right down to the essential Miami trait of mixing Spanish and English in the course of a single statement.. Shortly thereafter, the second announcement was pushed out, at 4:20 p.m.: “Seguimos. #LaFamilia is about to grow stronger.” | 4:30 p.m.: “Julián Carranza. Welcome to #LaFamilia.”

Matías Pellegrini

Pellegrini, 19, is a native of Magdalena, Argentina. His primary positions are as a left winger and centre forward. He was promoted to the first team in August 2018, having been part of the reserve squad of Estudiantes’ de La Plata (U20) prior to that. His first goal as a professional cane against Boca Juniors. He has made 15 appearances for Estudiantes this season, with three goals and one assist. He has logged 1,053 minutes across all competitions (903’ in Primera División and 150’ in the Copa Libertadores). Pellegrini joined the Estudiantes Academy at the age of 11.

Mati joins Inter Miami CF from Estudiantes via transfer and will be classified as a Young Designated Player. He will remain on loan with Estudiantes through January 2020. The value of the transfer is listed on Transfermarkt as being $9.23 million USD. (8.1 million EUR).

Pellegrini Profile On Transfermarkt

Julián Carranza

Carranza, from Oncativo, Argentina, also 19, is in his second season as a professional. He joined the senior squad of Club Atlético Banfield in 2017. Since then, he has made 29 career appearances for them, scoring 8 goals. He has logged 1,871 minutes across all competitions. Carranza featured in two matches for the Argentina U17 team at the 2017 South American Championship in Chile, and has also trained with the U20 team.

Prior to playing as a professional with El Taladro, Carranza came through Banfield’s academy system, having moved to Buenos Aires at the age of 13 to join their academy.

Like Pellegrini, Carranza will remain on loan with Banfield for the fall Superliga season, and will join his future teammates for training camp at the end of January, 2020, in advance of the inaugural season in MLS which begins next March. His transfer is listed on Transfermarkt as being for $6.16 million USD (5.5 million EUR).

“Julian 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”

Paul McDonough, Sporting Director

Carranza Profile On Transfermarkt

Recent Video Clip:

And it’s only the beginning. The secondary transfer window in MLS is open until August 7th (the last date for inbound transfers) so there is reason to believe fans of Inter Miami can expect more names to be announced. To stay on top of news from Inter Miami, look on this site or on the club’s official website at

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Real Madrid CF Will Not Seek Naming Rights For Estadio Bernabéu

Club will not seek naming rights partner for the revitalization of the Bernabéu Stadium; Has “great opportunities” in business without changing the name of the stadium.

Miami, Fla. (Thursday, July 25, 2019) – Kenneth Russo

What’s in a name? In the case of a famous one, a reason not to alter it.

One of the world’s most iconic football stadiums will not be adopting a corporate name. This news came from Real Madrid Club de Fútbol’s Global Head of Partnerships, David Hopkinson.

As reported in Spanish publication ReasonWby.Es, Hopkinson had been interviewed and asked about this ahead of the World Football Summit 2019. It was believed that Real Madrid would seek a stadium naming rights partner. He commented, “Anything is possible, but to put a corporate name on the stadium probably would be incorrect. There are places around the world that are iconic and must be respected.” (“Hay lugares en todo el mundo que son icónicos y deben respetarse”) He also added that Real Madrid enjoys an extraordinary assortment of income-generating opportunities that do not involve adopting a corporate name for the home of Los Blancos.

“Hay lugares en todo el mundo que son icónicos y deben respetarse”

While the stadium’s name is not changing, many aspects of the stadium will be. The club is planning a complete transformation of the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, which is expected to take until 2023 to finish.

Madrid’s ambitious plans for a “digital stadium of the future,” were made possible after securing loans totalling €575 million (£497 million/$641 million USD) in April, 2018 from two US-based financial institutions: Bank of America Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan. They will start repaying the loans in 2023 at a fixed 2.5 percent interest rate through 2049. The club will service an annual debt of €29.5 million per year on the project throughout the period.

Hopkinson, a Canadian, (and graduate of McGill University) was hired in summer of 2018, after having worked with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), where he was the Chief Commercial Officer. MLSE is the parent company of Toronto Football Club (MLS), the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) and Toronto Raptors (NBA). Explaining the overall business strategy of Real Madrid, Hopkinson said that Real Madrid believes the more it is able to internationalise its business, reputation, and fan base, in the process making the club a global enterprise, the more opportunities the club will have with sponsors around the world.

“Cuanto más podamos internacionalizar nuestro negocio, nuestra reputación, nuestra base de fans, para globalizar este negocio, más oportunidades tendremos con patrocinios en todo el mundo”, detalló.

La renovación incluirá un techo retráctil, nuevos servicios y experiencias diseñadas para los fanáticos, que aprovecharán las posibilidades de lo digital.

The renovation will include a retractable roof, new services and experiences designed for fans, taking advantage of the latest in digital stadium technology.

While a football club can expect millions of dollars to have a corporate name on its stadium, in the case of Real Madrid CF, Hopkinson believes the benefit of not changing outweighs the increased revenue. Reaching that conclusion was probably also made easier by the fact that Real Madrid was looking for a naming rights sponsor but actually had difficulty attracting one. Potential sponsors were cautious to invest given the status of the stadium as one of the most famous in the world. It was thought, and altogether realistic to believe, that people would still refer to the stadium as the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu no matter what corporation sponsored the venue.

Video: Real Madrid CF El Real Madrid no busca un nombre comercial para el estadio Santiago Bernabéu

Sports Pro Media: Oct. 2018: Réal Madrid Struggle For Naming Rights Deal

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Pellegrini Returns From The U.S. And Trains With Estudiantes; Transfer to Inter Miami CF confirmed

Pellegrini passes medical tests; Estudiantes releases statement on deal with Inter Miami CF.

Miami, Fla. (Tuesday, July 23, 2019) – Kenneth Russo

Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami finally has a player: Matías Pellegrini.

Per a communication by Estudiantes de La Plata, the Argentine club and Inter Miami CF have completed a deal to transfer 19-year old Argentine midfielder Matias Pellegrini.

Additionally, Argentine publication El Dia de La Plata reported Tuesday that Matias Pellegrini returned from the United States and was in training with Estudiantes today, in advance of the club’s opening game in the 2019 Argentine Superliga this weekend versus Aldosivi de Mar del Plata.

The same report states that in addition to Pellegrini successfully completing his medical exam, Estudiantes was able to complete the deal with Inter Miami, worth about $9 million, and potentially up to $11 million depending on his future performance.

Estudiantes de La Plata released the following official communication that confirms what has been reported: (English Translation Below)


El Club Estudiantes de La Plata hace saber que el jugador Matías Pellegrini pasó con éxito la revisación médica en el Inter Miami CF y ya regresó al país, donde se puso a las órdenes del cuerpo técnico de Gabriel Milito de cara al inicio de la Superliga.

El futbolista viajó a Estados Unidos junto a Diego Ronderos, integrante de la Secretaría de Fútbol Profesional. El joven surgido de las divisiones inferiores superó los chequeos y ahora se ultiman detalles para su transferencia definitiva a la institución de la Major League Soccer.

Pellegrini, quien este martes entrenó a la par de sus compañeros en el Country Club de City Bell, comenzará a trabajar en su nuevo club en enero de 2020.


Estudiantes de La Plata has learned that its player, Matías Pellegrini, successfully passed the medical check-up at Inter Miami CF and has already returned to the country, where he was placed under the command of Gabriel Milito’s coaching staff for the start of the Super League.

The player traveled to the United States with Diego Ronderos, Secretary of Professional Football. The young man, who emerged from the lower divisions, passed his tests and now the details are finalized for his definitive transfer to the Major League Soccer institution.

Pellegrini, who on Tuesday trained with his teammates at the City Bell Country Club, will begin working at his new club in January 2020.

Pellegrini started at left midfield last Saturday in Estudiantes’ 2-0 win over Club Mitre, scoring a goal that turned out to be the game-winner. Here is a video of that game:

Inter Miami officials confirmed in response to media enquiries that Pellegrini was in Miami on Monday to meet with team executives, but said they were not ready to make a formal announcement yet. These developments came while David Beckham was in Miami for a family vacation, and it is likely he was involved in meeting with the young Argentine winger.

Pellegrini Flies To Miami For Medical In A “Lightning Trip”

Miami, Fla. (Monday, July 22, 2019 – by Kenneth Russo

After playing 70 minutes and scoring a goal for Estudiantes de La Plata this past Saturday in their 2-0 win over Club Mitre in the Copa Argentina (Twitter @copaargentina), Matías Pellegrini and his representative Gustavo Ghezzi flew to Miami yesterday, according to El Día in Argentina.

Today, he will have a medical exam and meet with Jorge Más and Inter Miami team officials to finalize his contract. The self-described “lightning trip” is because “Mati” intends to be able to play for Estudiantes’ this coming Sunday in the first game of the 2019 Argentina Superliga (La Primera División) versus Aldosivi. “No me voy a perder ningún partido.” – “I’m not going to miss a single game,” the young midfielder assured the media. Pellegrini’s transfer is reportedly in the $9 to $10 million range, with performance incentives structured into the deal.

Once officially an Inter player, the plan is for him to remain with Estudiantes on loan until the end of the year, which means he can complete the revised Argentine Superliga calendar prior to joining Club Internacional de Fútbol for training camp in early 2020.

According to various Argentine media outlets, Inter Miami is simultaneously working on a $6 million deal for 19-year-old Club Atlético Banfield forward Julián Carranza, who would also stay with his club through the end of the year and report to Inter Miami sometime between January and March 2020. Carranza has reportedly already been to Miami and taken his medical exam, which was described as “demanding.”

Pellegrini played 70 minutes and scored the winning goal in a 2-0 win over Club Mitre Saturday. Photos: Estudiantes de La Plata

When asked about the status of negotiations for Inter’s first players, Sporting Director Paul McDonough told The Miami Herald’s Michelle Kaufman:

“We are in contract negotiations with up to six or seven players, heavily involved in that right now, with all levels of guys. We will have announcements coming soon.”

Inter Miami Sporting Director Paul McDonough
Paul McDonough, Sporting Director

McDonough, who is in charge of building the roster and leading the team’s on-field soccer operations, also told Kaufman that the negotiations are complicated because some players require to be moved to another club on loan in order to continue to play during the next six months. With that come the finances that have to be also ironed out. Most often, players who are loaned out have their wages paid by the team that they are loaned to. However, in the end it’s about what the parties agree to. More importantly, Inter Miami must also work within the confines of MLS’ salary budget universe, where each player is assigned a “Salary Budget Charge,” the maximum being $530,000. There is also a limit of up to three “Designated Players,” whose total salary and acquisition costs exceed the maximum salary budget charge. Assembling the type of team that will electrify fans and get attention in Miami will require skillful handling of these considerations.

“We are in contract negotiations with up to six or seven players, heavily involved in that right now, with all levels of guys,” McDonough said. “We will have announcements coming soon. We’re close. We’d like to have between four and eight signed by September.”

Miami is in contract negotiations with six or seven players, and the first couple could be signed by July 31, according to McDonough.

McDonough is a proven expert at working out these nuances though, and it won’t be long before fans of the Rosanegra have real players to follow.


Reports Emerge Of Second Player Signing By Inter Miami CF

MLS Roster Rules

Felipe VI celebró la Copa del Rey y el Centenario del Valencia en Mestalla

Valencia, C.V. (lunes, 15 de julio de 2019) Kenneth Russo –

El Valencia Club de Fútbol recibió la visita del rey Felipe VI en el estadio de Mestalla esta semana para conmemorar el centenario del club blanquinegro. Su majestad ha contado con la Copa ganada en Sevilla como un testigo de excepción, un trofeo que recibió el 25 de mayo el capitán Dani Parejo de manos del monarca.

Bajo unas fuertes medidas de seguridad, Felipe VI apareció en el césped de Mestalla por el túnel de vestuarios acompañado del presidente de la Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig, el alcalde de Valencia, Joan Ribó, y el presidente del Valencia Club de Fútbol, Anil Murthy.

También le acompañaba el ministro en funciones de Ciencia e Innovación, Pedro Duque.

El presidente del Valencia, Anil Murthy, aseguró que la presencia del rey Felipe VI en Mestalla este lunes fue “el broche perfecto al Centenario” del club y apuntó que fue “otro día histórico”.

Murthy reveló que en el encuentro, que tuvo una primera parte abierta a los medios en la que el monarca posó con la plantilla del club y varios de sus directivos además de con algunas autoridades y otra privada, hablaron de la final de la Copa del Rey que el Valencia conquistó el pasado 25 de mayo. Dijó en una declaración facilitdada por el club:

“Hemos hablado de la final de Sevilla. Fue un día perfecto para los valencianistas y hoy ha sido la guinda con la visita de S.M. el rey, una persona muy agradable que conoce bien el deporte y al que le gusta mucho el fútbol”.

Anil Murthy, Presidente de Valencia C.F.

Murthy también señaló que la visita es una demostración de que la entidad tiene “grandes ambiciones” y auguró que el club va a “crecer”. Según dijo, el rey “ha observado que el Valencia CF tiene una identidad muy fuerte, está muy claro qué club somos hoy, un club muy serio”.

“Ha sido un día muy emocionante y el rey se ha llevado la camiseta de recuerdo. Además, siempre será bienvenido en Mestalla”, señaló.

Felipe VI también celebra la Copa y el Centenario del Valencia en Mestalla
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Magic City Clásico: Miami FC edges Miami United for Sunshine Conference Title

Miami, Fla. (Monday, July 15, 2019) – Kenneth Russo / Photos by Felipe Galvez Tabach –

Saturday night’s latest rendition of the Magic City Clásico was indeed befitting of its title. Miami Football Club came from behind to defeat Miami United FC 3-2 in the NPSL Sunshine Conference Final at Barry University, capturing its sixth overall trophy in the process. The game was fiercely contested and thoroughly entertaining.

Miami United FC (4-4-2):

Miami FC Starting Lineup (4-3-3)

Cheered on by La 12 United and one of Inter Miami CF’s supporter groups, Vice City 1896, Miami United came into Buccaneer Field as the underdog but ready to send a message to their crosstown rivals. Roberto Sacca’s team had defeated Naples United last Wednesday in Naples to set up the matchup for the conference championship.

Unfortunately, United were without two key players; left-back Max Schenfeld and goalkeeper Peterson Occenat. Occenat has been suspended for an abuse of an official in the final regular-season match at Naples, while Schenfeld was serving a suspension due to being expelled in the semi-final.

Miami FC began the game with good ball movement and were able to get past the middle of the United defense. The first minutes saw an overhead bicycle kick attempt by Miami FC’s Mohamed Thiaw that went just over the net.

Mohamed Thiaw of Miami FC launches a bicycle kick. 📷 credit: Lemon City Live

After two early chances by United, Miami FC then drew first blood. A free kick by Dylan Mares was mishandled by United defender Javier Chila during chaos in the box. The referee whistled for a handball in the area. Ariel Martinez, known as the “Magic City Mago,” stepped up to the penalty spot and chipped a “Panenka” (a chip shot) straight down the middle and past diving United goalkeeper Omar Estrada for a 1-0 Miami FC lead in the 8th minute.

United regained the momentum however. Midfielder Matheus Gotler narrowly missed scoring chances in the 23’ and 26’, one shot missing just to the right of goal and the other being deflected off the horizontal crossbar. United were throughly outplaying Miami FC and the effort paid dividends in the 34’ when Defender Bruno Camacho headed a corner kick by Gotler into the goal to equalise 1-1.

Four minutes later United were on the score sheet again as they broke out on a counterattack and a long aerial pass found forward Brian Parea, who beat defender Jalen Markey and crossed to Forward Shamar Shelton. Shelton raced in to meet the ball as it was rolling across the face of goal and was able to bury it into the net, promptly celebrating his goal with a perfectly executed forward somersault. United nearly added a third in first half stoppage time on a shot that was kicked out and high by a Miami FC defender. The 2-1 scoreline held at the halftime break.

Miami FC Manager Paul Dalglish seemed to make halftime adjustments and the club came out in full force in the second half, creating scoring chances and a couple of near misses. In the 57th minute a through ball by Mohamed Thiaw split the United defense open, finding Miguel González, who ran on to the ball and played it to the middle for Dylan Mares. The midfielder played the ball off to Martínez next to him, who unleashed a potent volley that beat an outstretched Omar Estrada to level at 2-2.

Ten minutes later a pass by Mares found Ariel Martinez in front of the Miami United goalkeeper. Martínez dribbled to his right and as keeper Omar Estrada came out, Martínez then played the ball to the middle of the box for Miguel González, who tapped the ball into the empty net and put Miami FC ahead, 3-2.

After taking the lead, Miami FC continued to attack, nearly adding to their advantage on a Mohamed Thiaw attempt in the 73rd minute that barely missed wide. United, however, were not finished and pressured a visibly tired Miami FC side late in the match. Miami FC’s defense met the challenge and held together during a long second half stoppage time caused by injuries and substitutions. As the referee blew the final whistle, a well played match saw Miami United fall just short. Miami FC thus went out victorious in the Sunshine Conference Final.

Miami FC Wins the Sunshine Conference. 📷 : Felipe Galvez Tabach

Next up for Miami FC is a match against Chattanooga FC, champions of the Southeast Conference, at Buccaneer Field at Barry University in the NPSL South Regional Semifinal, Tuesday, July 16th at 7 p.m. .

Miami FC goals 🎥 via Miami FC

Miami FC celebrates the victory. 🎥via Miami FC


  • 9’ – Miami FC: Ariel Martínez (pen.)
  • 34’ – Miami United: Bruno Camacho
  • 38’ – Miami United: Shamar Shelton
  • 57’ – Miami FC: Ariel Martínez
  • 67’ – Miami FC: Miguel Gonzalez


  • 46’ – Miami FC: Out – #45 Jalen Markey > In – #2 Othello Bah
  • 64’ – Miami United: Out – #5 Ezequiel Tejera > In – #6 Juan González
  • 69’ – Miami United: Out – #7 Shamar Shelton > In – #2 Darryl Gordon
  • 70’ – Miami United: Out – #13 Juan Fuenmayor > In – #19 Nicolas Micoli
  • 88’ – Miami United: Out – #26 Bernanrdo Chila > In – #8 Chris Nurse
  • 88’ – Miami FC: Out – #12 Miguel González > In- #8 Tomás Granitto
  • 90’ – Miami FC: Out – #10 Ariel Martínez > In – #17 Brian James

Yellow Cards:

  • 53’ – Miami United: Shamar Shelton.
  • 68’ – Miami United: Bruno Camacho
  • 78’ – Miami FC: Callum Chapman-Page
  • 90+’ – Miami United: John Montaño
  • 90+’ – Miami FC: Tomás Granitto.

Red Cards: None

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