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IMCF Acquire Homegrown Player Rights to GK Drake Callender From San Jose Earthquakes

Club trades 2nd-round pick in 2020 MLS SuperDraft pick.

MIAMI, Fla. (November 12, 2019) —

Inter Miami CF has acquired the Homegrown Player Rights to goalkeeper Drake Callender from the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for the first pick in the second round of the 2020 MLS SuperDraft (No. 27 overall).   

In addition, San Jose can receive up to $150,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) if Callender meets certain performance-based metrics.   


GK Drake Callender 1st pick in 2nd round of MLS SuperDraft
up to $150,000 GAM (performance based)

“Drake is a driven, young goalkeeper who impressed at the collegiate level both on and off the pitch,” said Inter Miami CF Sporting Director Paul McDonough. “We are pleased to trade for his Homegrown Rights and will explore him coming to South Florida sometime in the future.”  

The 22-year-old currently plays NCAA Division I soccer at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is studying legal studies and considering going to law school and working in a law-related field once his playing days are done. In four years at Cal, he’s made 52 appearances and kept 15 clean sheets. The goalkeeper made a career-high nine saves on two separate occasions, once in his first year against Oregon State University and once as a 2nd year (sophomore) against the University of Portland. 

Awards Received at Cal:

  • United Soccer Coaches NCAA All-Far West Region First Team, 2017
  • All-Pac-12 First Team for the 2017 season.
  • Preseason MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List, 2018
  • Preseason All-Pac-12 Team, 2018
  • United Soccer Coaches NCAA All-Far West Region Third Team, 2018
  • All-Pac-12 Second Team honours, 2018

The 6-foot-3 goalkeeper was invited to the U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team training camp in September. The training camp is coached by Inter Miami’s Jason Kreis and part of the U.S.’s campaign to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.  

Callender joined the San Jose Earthquakes Academy in 2013 and remained with the team through the 2015-2016 season before entering Cal.  

Video Created by Onfield Management. (Callender notes that he was 19 when this season began, not 21 as identified in the video. He also told Onfield Management that he identifies as African-American.)

By Ken Russo

While my background is in the legal industry, the skills acquired and fine-tuned in law practice are now applied to focus on the sport of football. Russo Soccer aims to inform, educate and engage on news and relevant issues in the game.

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