Inter Miami CF owns team in USL League One
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (July 17, 2020) — Up until today, fans of Inter Miami have heard absolutely nothing about the team’s USL League One team. Finally, there is something to report.
USL League One side Fort Lauderdale CF jas revealed its full roster of 26 players ahead of the team’s inaugural season. The team’s first game is on Saturday, July 18, against the Greenville Triumph at 8 p.m. ET. The game is available for viewing on the ESPN+ app. Following that game, Fort Lauderdale will play again on July 25, at home versus FC Tucson. All home games for this season will be “puerta cerrada.” (no spectators allowed)
Fort Lauderdale Club de Fútbol plays its home games at the new Lockhart Stadium a/k/a Inter Miami CF Stadium, located off of Commercial Boulevard in the northern part of Fort Lauderdale. The stadium is part of the Inter Miami “Centro Deportivo” and includes a 50,000-square-foot training centre with six grass fields and one turf field. The facilities are also home to the Inter Miami MLS team, as well as their Academy.
The head coach is Jason Kreis. Director of Player Development Darren Powell will coach the team during games when Kreis is on duty with the U-23 U.S. Men’s National Team (the team that plays in the Olympics.) Additional members of the coaching staff include assistant coach Martin Paterson, goalkeeper coach Chris Barocas, as well as Developmental Performance Manager Mateus Manoel.
The roster has 14 players on professional contracts, including journeyman MLS midfielder Servando Carrasco, a veteran with nine years’ of experience in Major League Soccer. Carrasco, 31, has appeared in 161 regular season games with the Seattle Sounders, Houston Dynamo, Sporting Kansas City, Orlando City and the Los Angeles Galaxy. He made 16 regular season appearances with the Galaxy in 2019.
Two former Inter Miami CF Academy players have earned their first professional contracts with Fort Lauderdale CF: Ian Fray, a 2002-born defender, and Francisco Raggio, a 2002-born midfielder. They are the first two graduates of the Inter Miami Academy.
The roster also features 12 players registered from the Inter Miami Academy following the completion of its first season.
Fort Lauderdale CF Roster
|NAME||LAST NAME||PREVIOUS CLUB||POSITION||STATUS|
|Dylan||Castanheira||Atlanta United 2||GK||Professional|
|Blaine||Ferri||SpVgg Greuther Fürth II||MID||Professional|
|Ian||Fray||Inter Miami CF Academy||DEF||Professional|
|Daniel||Gagliardi||Vancouver Whitecaps FC||GK||Professional|
|Sami||Guediri||Greenville Triumph SC||DEF||Professional|
|Rivaldo||Ibarra||Ciudad de la Habana||MID||Professional|
|Ricky||Lopez-Espin||Lansing Ignite FC||FWD||Professional|
|Modesto||Mendez||FC Pinar del Rio||DEF||Professional|
|Francisco||Raggio||Inter Miami CF Academy||MID||Professional|
|Eduardo||Sosa||Columbus Crew SC||MID||Professional|
|Christian Lue||Young||University of Akron||DEF||Professional|
|Edison||Azcona||Inter Miami CF Academy||FWD||Academy|
|Jason||Bucknor||Inter Miami CF Academy||FWD||Academy|
|Andres||Cardenas||Inter Miami CF Academy||FWD||Academy|
|Allan||Cuartas||Inter Miami CF Academy||DEF||Academy|
|Cesar||Cuellar||Inter Miami CF Academy||MID||Academy|
|Ethan||Hardin||Inter Miami CF Academy||DEF||Academy|
|Dairon||Reyes||Inter Miami CF Academy||FWD||Academy|
|Joshua||Saavedra||Inter Miami CF Academy||MID||Academy|
|Dylan||Talero||Inter Miami CF Academy||FWD||Academy|
|Kai||Thomas||Inter Miami CF Academy||DEF||Academy|
|Felipe||Valencia||Inter Miami CF Academy||FWD||Academy|
|Andre||Zuluaga||Inter Miami CF Academy||GK||Academy|
About Fort Lauderdale Club de Fútbol
According to Inter Miami, the Fort Lauderdale Club de Fútbol brand “extends the themes of the Inter Miami CF organization. The logo is marked by the Club’s signature Rosa Negra (pink and black) color scheme, and the crest will also prominently feature a great white heron – a symbol of power, protection, patience, and purity. As part of Inter Miami’s player development platform, Fort Lauderdale CF provides a defined pathway for youth players to reach the professional ranks.”
USL League One
USL League One has been certified by the US Soccer Federation as the Third Division of the US soccer pyramid. The system is a “closed” system, meaning that there is no promotion and relegation between divisions. For this reason, there is little meaning to the USSF certification.
The target markets for USL League One are metropolitan areas that range in population from 150,000 to one million – markets that represent more than 75 million people. League One has focused on launching new clubs in markets that possess strong local ownership groups, populations with broad-based diversity, a vibrant millennial and strong family base, established corporate support, and stadiums to properly showcase the sport for fans, partners and the public.
More on the USL League One on Russo Soccer: USL1
Cover Photo: Inter Miami Centro Deportivo | (edits K Russo)