MIAMI, Fla. (November 26, 2019) –
Inter Miami CF announced today it has selected former Atlanta United defender Mike Ambrose in Stage One of the 2019 MLS Re-Entry Process. The Club had acquired the number one spot in a trade with FC Cincinnati executed on November 19 following the expansion draft.
Ambrose, 26, joins Inter Miami after spending the previous three seasons with Atlanta United. Last season, he started in three games and made four total appearances for the Five Stripes, logging 266 minutes. Ambrose started for Atlanta in the Club’s 2-0 MLS Postseason victory over the Philadelphia Union this past season.
The fourth-year MLS left back has appeared in 25 matches in his professional career, with 20 of those appearances coming for Atlanta. Ambrose’s career began with Orlando City SC in 2016, where he made five appearances, four of them as a starter. After the 2016 season, he was selected by Atlanta United in the 2016 MLS Expansion Draft by the club’s then General Manager Paul McDonough, who is now the sporting director at Inter Miami.
A native, of El Paso, Texas, Ambrose attended and played soccer at the University of Maryland, appearing in 71 matches.
At the international level, Ambrose represented the United States Men’s National Team at the U-17, U-18, and U-20 levels.
Ambrose was one of four players selected in Stage 1 of the re-entry process.
To recap the rules of the re-entry process, clubs must exercise the option for, or extend a “Bona Fide Offer” to all players selected in Stage One and may not select their own draft-eligible players. Players with option years left on their contract will automatically be added to the drafting club’s roster. Should a player reject the offer, the drafting club will hold the Right of First Refusal for that player in MLS.
In addition to signing its 15th player, Inter Miami also owns Homegrown Player Rights for Drake Callender (University of California, Berkley). The Club also controls two first-round picks in the SuperDraft which will take place in January.