Canadian Midfielder Jay Chapman Acquired by IMCF

MIAMI, Fla. (November 13, 2019) —

Inter Miami CF has acquired midfielder Jay Chapman from Toronto Football Club in exchange for $100,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM).

TRADE RECAP:

TO MIAMI TO TORONTO
M Jay Chapman$100,000 GAM

“With Jay we are bringing on a versatile attacking midfielder with good experience in the league and at the international levels,” said Paul McDonough, Inter Miami CF’s sporting director. “We are pleased to bring him to Inter Miami and continue his development.”   

For his part, “Chappers” was enthusiastic. After sending out via Instagram (@jaychaps) his thanks to TFC players, fans and staff, he posted on his Twitter account:

The native of Brampton, Ontario began his youth career in the Toronto FC Academy before attending Michigan State University. In 2015 he returned to Toronto where he signed a Homegrown Player contract. He is represented by Beswicks Sports Ltd.

The 25-year-old made 88 appearances for the Reds, scoring six goals and making five assists in that time. He also made 15 appearances for Toronto FC II in the USL, tallying three goals and one assist.   

Toronto FC midfielder Jay Chapman (14)celebrates after scoring against Orlando City during second half MLS soccer action in Toronto on Friday, May 18, 2018.
Photo: Nathan Denette / THE CANADIAN PRESS

The midfielder has also represented Canada on the international stage, initially playing at the U-17 level. He made appearances in the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, where the Canadian team earned a silver medal, and the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup. He also made four appearances at the U-23 level. He has earned two caps on the senior squad, beginning in 2017. In his first senior appearance he scored a goal against Bermuda in a 4-2 win.

“Jay has been part of the club for a long time and we are wishing him nothing but the very best in his next endeavour. Having signed a homegrown contract in 2015, Jay has been part of teams over the years that have won a lot for the club,” said Toronto General Manager Ali Curtis in a press release. “While we believe the trade is good for TFC, it presents a solid opportunity for Jay to start a new chapter in his life and playing career. Jay will be missed but having been with both our academy and first team, he will always be part of the TFC family.”

Video: Toronto Football Club

From 2012 to 2014 Chapman played at Michigan State University, making 64 appearances for the Spartans, scoring 12 goals and recording 14 assists. In 2014, he was named a First Team All-American, a Mac Hermann Trophy semifinalist, and Big Ten Midfielder of the Year. He finished that season with five goals and five assists.   

With this transaction, Chapman becomes the second Canadian player on the Club’s roster, after David Norman, Jr. For Chapman, the move to Miami represents opportunity, as he showed a lot of promise but was lost in the midfield numbers game with the Reds. He should be inspired by Canadian national teammate Mark-Anthony Kaye (LAFC) as an example of what moving to an MLS expansion side who are forming an identity can present in terms of opportunity. For Toronto, the club received value for Chapman, instead of losing him for nothing since he was out of contract (expires on Dec. 31).

The Rosanegro now has seven players ahead of the 2020 season. The Club also maintains control of its first and fourth round picks in the MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas and enters the 2019 Expansion Draft with the first overall pick on Nov. 19, where Inter Miami and Nashville FC can select up to five league players each.

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.   

TRADE RECAP:

TO MIAMI TO SAN JOSE
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.)

Inter Miami Acquire Midfielder Victor Ulloa During Trade Window


Inter Miami also receives 1st pick in Stage One of Re-Entry Draft
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MIAMI, Fla. (November 11, 2019) —

The trade window opened today for 55 hours as part of the Major League Soccer’s off-season calendar, and newcomers Inter Miami CF wasted no time.

Making a trade with FC Cincinnati, Miami acquired midfielder Victor Ulloa and the No. 1 overall pick in Stage One of the 2019 MLS Re-Entry Draft.

In exchange, Inter Miami has sent $50,000 General Allocation Money (“GAM”), a natural third-round pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft and the 26th overall pick in Stage One of the Re-Entry Draft to Cincinnati.  

TRADE RECAP:

TO MIAMI TO CINCINNATI
M Victor Ulloa$50,000 GAM
1st pick, 2019 MLS Re-Entry Draft, Stage 126th pick, MLS Re-Entry Draft, Stage 1
3rd pick in 2020 MLS SuperDraft

“Victor brings valuable experience and league knowledge to our roster,” said Inter Miami CF Sporting Director Paul McDonough. “He is a proven defensive midfielder with quality leadership skills we value at our organization.”  

Ulloa, 27 years-old, plays in a holding midfield position. He featured in 26 games for FC Cincinnati in 2019, starting 22, scoring one goal and contributing 2 assists. This will be his second expansion team adventure in as many years, as he joined Cincinnati for the club’s inaugural season after playing at FC Dallas for eight years.

Playing at the FC Dallas Academy, he was the first Homegrown Player in FC Dallas history, and the eighth in MLS to reach 100 appearances, on June 3, 2017. Ulloa also became the seventh Homegrown player in MLS to play 10,000 minutes in 2018.

He signed his first professional contract in 2010 and made his First Team debut for FC Dallas in October 2011. With FC Dallas, Ulloa made 173 appearances in all competitions, tallying six goals and seven assists from his midfield position. He helped guide the club to the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title and the 2016 Supporters’ Shield.  

Ulloa’s versatility is one of his strengths. “I would say absolutely,” he added. “I can play in different systems. I’m a very tactical and smart, organized player and I like to have the ball at my feet. There’s always room for improvement. I would like to connect more passes forward and break lines and give the team more options going forward.”

As a holding midfielder, Ulloa acts as the anchor to the midfield, connecting it to the backline. He is adept at being able to break lines by executing swift passes to the forwards using his vision and passing accuracy.

Ulloa scores for FC Dallas in a 2016 game vs. Colorado. Video: Altitude Sports
Statistics: Transfermarkt.us

Since he was out of contract at Cincinnati, Inter will have to agree to terms with him on a new contract. From the Cincinnati perspective, they at least received assets for Ulloa, rather than nothing.

From Miami’s view, although Ulloa, as an out-of-contract player, would have been available in the Re-Entry Draft, getting him now leaves that re-entry pick open for the team to select someone else. Inter Miami thus acquired a starting midfielder for only $50,000 GAM, a third-round SuperDraft pick and also received a higher Re-Entry Draft spot. That’s a good deal. The Club also maintains control of its first, second and fourth round picks in the SuperDraft (as of November 11).

This signing was Inter Miami’s sixth player on its inaugural roster.

Fort Lauderdale Stadium And The “Centro Deportivo” Proceeding On Schedule

Milestone reached on construction site in northern Fort Lauderdale.

MIAMI, Fla. (November 6, 2019) —

Progress continues to be made on the Inter Miami Complex (we’ll call it the “Centro Deportivo”) in Fort Lauderdale, which includes a new stadium, the club’s training complex and Inter Miami CF Academy home.

Last Friday, November 1, the team of on-site construction personnel completed the installation of the first roof structure for the stadium. This milestone comes just weeks after the stadium “went vertical” with steel columns, followed by the installation of componentes of the secondary frame of the metal building as well as the horizontal structural members designed to provide lateral support for wall panels.

Photo: Inter Miami CF

The yet-to-be-named, 18,000-capacity stadium (referred to simply as “Fort Lauderdale Stadium” in the interim) will serve as the temporary home of Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami for its first two MLS seasons, 2020 and 2021, before the club moves into its home stadium at Miami Freedom Park in Miami.

Fort Lauderdale Stadium is being constructed on the site of the former Lockhart Stadium. It will continue to house Inter Miami’s USL League One team once the first team moves into its Miami home.

📹 Inter Miami CF

Another key moment will be reached in mid-November, when the grass at Fort Lauderdale Stadium and for the training fields is expected to be installed.

Other portions of the 46-acre Centro Deportivo are also progressing. The Training Complex – where Inter Miami’s MLS, USL, and Academy teams will permanently train – is also taking shape. The 50,000-square-foot (4,645 sq. m) building continues to undergo steel, concrete, and roofing installations.

The stadium and training complex at the Centro Deportivo will be ready in time for the beginning of the 2020 season. Here are a couple of preview images released by Inter Miami:

More than 200 people are working as part of the Lockhart Construction Team,  including Manica  Architecture, Perez & Perez Architects Planners, Bliss &  Nitray, Inc. Structural Engineers, SDM Consulting Engineers, Flynn Engineering Services and EDSA, Inc. They will continue their work to deliver this project ahead of Inter Miami’s inaugural season debut in March 2020. Inter Miami’s first home game is tentatively scheduled for March 14, 2020, a date which will be confirmed when MLS releases next season’s calendar in a few weeks.

Inter Miami Hoy.

(Cover Photo: Inter Miami CF)

Manager “De Moda” – Does His Mobile Boarding Pass Say BCN or MIA?

MIAMI, Fla. (November 5, 2019) —

Marcelo Daniel Gallardo ticks most of the boxes on two teams’ managerial checklists.

Marcelo Gallardo has put together an impressive CV in his six years in South America. Mike Hewitt – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

He’s one of the front runners to be the first manager of Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, he is reportedly a front runner to take the helm of a much larger, more famous club. A club whose tag line is “More Than A Club.” For 43-year-old Club Atlético River Plate coach Marcelo Gallardo, whose baby-faced appearance has earned him the nicknamed “El Muñeco – the Doll,” it’s an enviable position to be in no doubt.

Manchester City coach Pep Gallardo thinks very highly of Gallardo.

“Lo que ha hecho Gallardo en River es increíble. A nivel resultados, de darle consistencia, y otro año y otro año. Y se van jugadores pero sigue estando a nivel”.

“What Gallardo has done with River is incredible,” Guardiola told an Argentine TV station. “Some things are inexplicable. Every year three coaches are named as the best in the world, and he’s never among them. I can’t understand it. It’s as if there’s nothing else in the world apart from Europe.”

Recently he has been linked as the successor to Ernesto Valverde at Barcelona. Valverde’s contract is expiring on June 30, 2020 and it’s all but certain he will not be back. It is also certain that Lionel Messi approves of Gallardo as a replacement, having already referred to him as “one of the best.” Leo voted El Muñeco the third best coach in the world at FIFA’s The Best Awards, and that vote surely was heard by the Catalan club’s board. Having Messi’s ‘approval’ would be an important factor in deciding whether to hire a new coach. Another Blaugrana great, Andres Iniesta, who is currently playing for Vissel Kobe in the J-League, said “El trabajo que está haciendo Gallardo es sensacional.” (“The work Gallardo is doing is sensational.”)

What are Gallardo’s credentials that have him to linked to one of the most storied clubs in the world? In short, it’s his combination of youth, experience, a commitment to attacking football and an impressive CV as a player.

Now in his sixth year in charge, he has experienced great success at River; he has won the Copa Libertadores twice, and will have a chance to make that three in this year’s final later this month against Flamengo. Managing a club for six years is extremely rare in South America. Demands and needs change quickly due to the fact that the best players are continuously being sold off, mostly to Europe. As Guardiola pointed out, at River Plate “every year the players leave, but the work continues.”

Compensating for this has given Gallardo a depth of experience beyond his years and certainly beyond the baby-faced appearance that has left him dubbed “El Muñeco – the Doll.”

Gallardo is credited with being proficient at reading the opposition, accurately assessing his own resources and making adjustments to the tactical plan, all without confusing his players. When he first took over at River, he used a 4-4-2 formation, featuring the old-fashioned Argentine diamond — a holder in front of the centre-backs, two mixed midfielders either side and the traditional No. 10, the position Gallardo had played.

On occasions he has even shifted to a back three — the first leg of last year’s Libertadores final against Boca the most notable.

Marcelo Gallardo guided River Plate to the 2018 Copa Libertadores title over Boca Juniors. Denis Doyle/Getty Images

He was a top-class attacking midfielder in his playing days, subtle and skillful, with over 40 caps and two World Cups for Argentina to his credit. His playing career is mostly associated with River Plate, but he also played in Ligue Un (France) with Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco. He also played in MLS and at Nacional de Montivideo. where he ended his playing days and promptly started coaching the side, taking them to the Uruguayan league title.

Gallardo played in two World Cups: France1998 and Korea-Japan 2002

The next test will be the Copa Libertadores final, now a one game final. It should be a tough challenge, as Flamengo is an attacking team under Portuguese coach Jorge Jesus.

If River prevail they will once again head to the FIFA Club World Cup — the one tournament where Gallardo has always come up short. In 2015, his side scraped by with a 1-0 semifinal win over Sanfrecce Hiroshima of Japan, before being overwhelmed in the final against Barcelona, 3-0. Last year, River did not even make the final, falling on penalties to Al Ain of the United Arab Emirates.

Regardless of the Club World Cup, a tournament that is not widely followed, Gallardo is the “in-demand” coach of the moment. Spanish press call him “El director técnico de moda.”

Both Barcelona and Miami have maintained contact with people connected to Gallardo, according to Argentinean publications. It was also reported that Miami Sporting Director Paul McDonough had been to Argentina during the past few months. Gallardo has been very smart, with indications that he will not sit down and talk about a possible exit until after River’s last game this year. That would be in December when the Argentina Superliga season ends.

For Miami, hiring an Argentine coach makes sense, seeing that the first two players the club signed are both from Argentina, making for an instant cultural connection for two promising players. It is also a strategy that worked well for Inter Miami McDonough when he was with Atlanta United. It was clear from early on indicated that the Five Stripes were going be very ambitious by building top-of-the-line training grounds, spending significant sums in MLS terms to acquire players and hiring an internationally well-known coach in Tata Martino, who had once led FC Barcelona and the Argentinian national team.

Inter Miami CF is overdue for announcing its head coach. Managing owner Jorge Mas previously said he was expecting to have a coach named by the end of summer, then changed it to the end of September, and later changed to the end of October. That date has now come and gone. As each day passes without a coach being named, the most plausible explanation I can think of is that the head coach is someone who is still busy. Marcelo Gallardo clearly fits that description. What else would explain the hold up?

I’ve written before about the shortlist of top coaching candidates for the new club. While only those inside the negotiations can say for sure (which obviously they won’t), if the first head coach was going to be Santiago Solari or Gennaro Gattuso, or any other manager not currently employed, it’s hard to understand why that person is not already in Miami helping to plan for the inaugural season.

Photo: DobleAmarilla.com

The Copa Libertadores Final is November 23. If that mobile boarding pass says ‘MIA’ we can expect a coaching announcement at the end of this month.

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A Coach In Demand: Gallardo Could End Up At Barcelona … Or Will He Be In Miami?

MIAMI, Fla. (November 1, 2019) —

Marcelo Daniel Gallardo ticks most of the boxes on two teams’ managerial checklists.

Marcelo Gallardo has put together an impressive CV in his six years in South America. Mike Hewitt – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

He’s one of the front runners to be the first manager of Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, he is reportedly a front runner to take the helm of a much larger, more famous club. A club whose tag line is “More Than A Club.” For 43-year-old Club Atlético River Plate coach Marcelo Gallardo, whose baby-faced appearance has earned him the nicknamed “El Muñeco – the Doll,” it’s an enviable position to be in no doubt.

Manchester City coach Pep Gallardo thinks very highly of Gallardo.

“Lo que ha hecho Gallardo en River es increíble. A nivel resultados, de darle consistencia, y otro año y otro año. Y se van jugadores pero sigue estando a nivel”.

“What Gallardo has done with River is incredible,” Guardiola told an Argentine TV station. “Some things are inexplicable. Every year three coaches are named as the best in the world, and he’s never among them. I can’t understand it. It’s as if there’s nothing else in the world apart from Europe.”

Recently he has been linked as the successor to Ernesto Valverde at Barcelona. Valverde’s contract is expiring on June 30, 2020 and it’s all but certain he will not be back. It is also certain that Lionel Messi approves of Gallardo as a replacement, having already referred to him as “one of the best.” Leo voted El Muñeco the third best coach in the world at FIFA’s The Best Awards, and that vote surely was heard by the Catalan club’s board. Having Messi’s ‘approval’ would be an important factor in deciding whether to hire a new coach. Another Blaugrana great, Andres Iniesta, who is currently playing for Vissel Kobe in the J-League, said “El trabajo que está haciendo Gallardo es sensacional.” (“The work Gallardo is doing is sensational.”)

What are Gallardo’s credentials that have him to linked to one of the most storied clubs in the world? In short, it’s his combination of youth, experience, a commitment to attacking football and an impressive CV as a player.

Now in his sixth year in charge, he has experienced great success at River; he has won the Copa Libertadores twice, and will have a chance to make that three in this year’s final later this month against Flamengo. Managing a club for six years is extremely rare in South America. Demands and needs change quickly due to the fact that the best players are continuously being sold off, mostly to Europe. As Guardiola pointed out, at River Plate “every year the players leave, but the work continues.”

Compensating for this has given Gallardo a depth of experience beyond most coaches of his experience.

Gallardo is credited with being proficient at reading the opposition, accurately assessing his own resources and making adjustments to the tactical plan, all without confusing his players. When he first took over at River, he used a 4-4-2 formation, featuring the old-fashioned Argentine diamond — a holder in front of the centre-backs, two mixed midfielders either side and the traditional No. 10, the position Gallardo had played.

On occasions he has even shifted to a back three — the first leg of last year’s Libertadores final against Boca being a prime example.

Marcelo Gallardo guided River Plate to the 2018 Copa Libertadores title over Boca Juniors. Denis Doyle/Getty Images

He was a top-class attacking midfielder in his playing days, subtle and skillful, with over 40 caps and two World Cups for Argentina to his credit. His playing career is mostly associated with River Plate, but he also played in Ligue Un (France) with Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco. He also played in MLS and at Nacional de Montivideo. where he ended his playing days and promptly started coaching the side, taking them to the Uruguayan league title.

Gallardo played in two World Cups: France1998 and Korea-Japan 2002

The next test will be the Copa Libertadores final, now a one game final. It should be a tough challenge, as Flamengo is an attacking team under Portuguese coach Jorge Jesus.

If River prevail they will once again head to the FIFA Club World Cup — the one tournament where Gallardo has always come up short. In 2015, his side scraped by with a 1-0 semifinal win over Sanfrecce Hiroshima of Japan, before being overwhelmed in the final against Barcelona, 3-0. Last year, River did not even make the final, falling on penalties to Al Ain of the United Arab Emirates.

Regardless of the Club World Cup, a tournament that is not widely followed, Gallardo is the “in-demand” coach of the moment. Spanish press call him “El director técnico de moda.”

Both Barcelona and Miami have maintained contact with people connected to Gallardo, according to Argentinean publications. It was also reported that Miami Sporting Director Paul McDonough had been to Argentina during the past few months. Whether this was to talk to people connected with the coach or to talk to potential players is not known. For his part, Gallardo has been very smart, with indications that he will not sit down and talk about a possible exit until after River’s last game this year. Strictly speaking that would be in December when the Argentina Superliga season ends.

For Miami, hiring an Argentine coach makes sense, seeing that the first two players the club signed are both from Argentina, making for an instant cultural connection for two promising players. It is also a strategy that worked well for Inter Miami Sporting Director Paul McDonough when he was with Atlanta United. It was clear from early on indicated that the Five Stripes were going be very ambitious by building top-of-the-line training grounds, spending significant sums in MLS terms to acquire players and hiring an internationally well-known coach in Tata Martino, who had once led FC Barcelona and the Argentinean national team.

Inter Miami CF is overdue for announcing its head coach. Managing owner Jorge Mas previously said he was expecting to have a coach named by the end of September, later changed to October. That date has now come and gone. As each day passes without a coach being named, the most plausible explanation I can think of is that the head coach is someone who is still busy. Marcelo Gallardo clearly fits that description. What else would explain the hold up?

I’ve written before about the shortlist of top coaching candidates for the new club. While only those inside the negotiations can say for sure (which obviously they won’t), if the first head coach was going to be Santiago Solari or Gennaro Gattuso, or any other manager not currently employed, it’s hard to understand why that person is not already in Miami helping to plan for the inaugural season.

The Copa Libertadores Final is November 23. If you ask me, there will be a coaching announcement at the end of this month.

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Miami Voters Said ‘YES’– Tell the City Commissioners To Respect Your Vote!

Thursday Oct. 24th, at 6:00 p.m. the City of Miami Commission will meet at City Hall and Miami Freedom Park is once again on the Agenda.

Some Commissioners are determined to destroy the grand vision of Miami Freedom Park, a project which will transform a place that is public on paper but which in reality cannot be enjoyed by most residents of Miami. A project which will provide so much for our community: jobs, a large park, a tech hub, public soccer fields, a home for Inter Miami CF and a place for all to gather.

Some commissioners are trying undermine our 62% majority vote that we City of Miami voters returned last November. They represent the people and should not place their own agenda over the will of our residents.

Voice your support for our Miami Freedom Park! Inter Miami CF needs your support at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall.

Miami City Hall
3500 Pan American Dr,
Miami, FL 33133

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Inter Miami CF have made it very easy to voice your support for Miami Freedom Park to the Commissioners.

Click the button below to automatically e-mail them and add your voice to the cause! Make sure to share with all your friends & family!


Photos: Inter Miami CF and Miami Freedom Park, LLC