FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (July 6, 2020) — Robbie Robinson, Inter Miami’s top selection in the MLS SuperDraft, will not be available for the MLS Is Back tournament, according to sporting director Paul McDonough.
McDonough said Robinson departed the team “bubble” at the Swan Hotel for family reasons. It was not something that could have been worked out on site, McDonough explained.
Under MLS protocols, if a player leaves the quarantined team areas, he cannot return during the tournament. McDonough said Inter Miami players have been “keeping to themselves” at the Swan and Dolphin Resort, avoiding players from other teams by relaxing on their hotel floor and in their personal team lounge when not in practices or team meetings.
Robinson started both of Inter Miami’s first two games. His unavailability leaves a gap up top. Players who can start in Robinson’s absence would likely be Juan Agudelo or Julian Carranza. Inter Miami kicks off the tournament versus Orlando City on Wednesday Night at 8 p.m. ET (5:00 PT) on ESPN.
Update on New Signings
Inter Miami is very busy shopping for two players to fill two international slots on the roster. This according to McDonough. “Conversations are ongoing,” he said. “Some days I think I’m close [to closing a deal] and other days I’m farther away. I hope to have a player signed before the end of the tournament to join the team for the rest of the season.”
As for who those players are, it is possible that one would be a well-known player from a European league. Some of the bigger names linked with a move to Fort Lauderdale include David Silva of Manchester City, former Bayern Munich and current Real Madrid player James Rodríguez, Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani, or Chelsea’s Brazilian winger Willian.
If Internacional is able to sign Willian, he would be the team’s first Brazilian player.
Cavani is available at present as his contract expired (as do all contracts in Europe) on June 30th. It was reported recently that he will not remain with Paris for the club’s Champions League games in August. Silva is also out of contract at City.
Inter Miami added two players in the past two weeks — former U.S. national team midfielder Brek Shea, who was a free agent, and Argentine centre-back Leandro González Pirez, who was acquired via transfer with Xolos de Tijuana of Liga MX.
According to McDonough, the team plans to add two international players this summer to fill out the roster for 2020.