Pellegrini Returns From The U.S. And Trains With Estudiantes; Transfer to Inter Miami CF confirmed


Pellegrini passes medical tests; Estudiantes releases statement on deal with Inter Miami CF.

Miami, Fla. (Tuesday, July 23, 2019) – Kenneth Russo

Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami finally has a player: Matías Pellegrini.

Per a communication by Estudiantes de La Plata, the Argentine club and Inter Miami CF have completed a deal to transfer 19-year old Argentine midfielder Matias Pellegrini.

Additionally, Argentine publication El Dia de La Plata reported Tuesday that Matias Pellegrini returned from the United States and was in training with Estudiantes today, in advance of the club’s opening game in the 2019 Argentine Superliga this weekend versus Aldosivi de Mar del Plata.

The same report states that in addition to Pellegrini successfully completing his medical exam, Estudiantes was able to complete the deal with Inter Miami, worth about $9 million, and potentially up to $11 million depending on his future performance.

Estudiantes de La Plata released the following official communication that confirms what has been reported: (English Translation Below)

COMUNICADO DEL CLUB SOBRE PELLEGRINI

El Club Estudiantes de La Plata hace saber que el jugador Matías Pellegrini pasó con éxito la revisación médica en el Inter Miami CF y ya regresó al país, donde se puso a las órdenes del cuerpo técnico de Gabriel Milito de cara al inicio de la Superliga.

El futbolista viajó a Estados Unidos junto a Diego Ronderos, integrante de la Secretaría de Fútbol Profesional. El joven surgido de las divisiones inferiores superó los chequeos y ahora se ultiman detalles para su transferencia definitiva a la institución de la Major League Soccer.

Pellegrini, quien este martes entrenó a la par de sus compañeros en el Country Club de City Bell, comenzará a trabajar en su nuevo club en enero de 2020.

COMMUNICATION FROM THE CLUB ABOUT PELLEGRINI

Estudiantes de La Plata has learned that its player, Matías Pellegrini, successfully passed the medical check-up at Inter Miami CF and has already returned to the country, where he was placed under the command of Gabriel Milito’s coaching staff for the start of the Super League.

The player traveled to the United States with Diego Ronderos, Secretary of Professional Football. The young man, who emerged from the lower divisions, passed his tests and now the details are finalized for his definitive transfer to the Major League Soccer institution.

Pellegrini, who on Tuesday trained with his teammates at the City Bell Country Club, will begin working at his new club in January 2020.


Pellegrini started at left midfield last Saturday in Estudiantes’ 2-0 win over Club Mitre, scoring a goal that turned out to be the game-winner. Here is a video of that game:

Inter Miami officials confirmed in response to media enquiries that Pellegrini was in Miami on Monday to meet with team executives, but said they were not ready to make a formal announcement yet. These developments came while David Beckham was in Miami for a family vacation, and it is likely he was involved in meeting with the young Argentine winger.

Deals Negotiated Prior To 2019 MLS Secondary Transfer Window.

Miami, Fla. (Tuesday, July 9, 2019) –

The following transactions were negotiated in advance of the opening of the 2019 Major League Soccer’s Secondary Transfer Window (July 9- August 7, 2019):

Columbus Crew SC

  • Acquired Costa Rican winger Luis Diaz from Herediano as a Young Designated Player. According to Jacob Myers of the Columbus Dispatch, the Crew paid a transfer fee of $1 million.
  • Signed 30-year old Curaçao National Team goalkeeper Eloy Room. The Black & Gold officially announced the move last Friday and Room will be officially added to the roster once the summer transfer window opens today (July 9.)

“We are excited to have a player as experienced and proven as Eloy join Columbus Crew SC,” Crew president Tim Bezbatchenko said. “Eloy is a talented goalkeeper whose leadership and shot-stopping ability will help strengthen our Club. We believe Eloy’s background competing at the European and international level will allow him to contribute to Crew SC immediately.”

Room most recently played for PSV Eindhoven from 2017-19 but was out of contract. He was a part of the 2017-18 Eredivisie championship side that qualified for the UEFA Champions League. Prior to joining PSV, Room played for SBV Vitesse of the Eredivisie from 2008-17 and spent the 2013-14 season on loan with the Go Ahead Eagles in Holland. Room made 169 appearances, 159 starts in the Dutch First Division.

He started 20 games in the KNVB Cup and played twice in the UEFA Europa League Qualifiers. The goalkeeper was an important member of the KNVB Cup winners in the 2016-17 season with Vitesse. During the run to the title, Room played in every match, helping Vitesse win its first KNVB Cup in 125 years.

Room’s should be a familiar name to those who followed the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Room started all four matches of the tournament for Curaçao, including the 1-0 loss to the United States in the quarterfinals. The goalkeeper made 26 saves in a surprising four-game run. Overall, Room has earned 30 caps for the Curaçao National Team, including nine clean sheets. He also featured internationally for the Netherlands at the Under-20 level.

Room’s addition to the Crew roster will be part of the plan to bolster the goalkeeper position after U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Zack Steffen was sold to Manchester City of the English Premier League in the offseason for a record fee. Steffen won the 2018 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award. Steffen made his final appearance for Columbus in 2-2 draw with New York City FC on June 1.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

  • Reached a deal to make Iraqi left-back Ali Adnan‘s loan a permanent move from Serie A Club Udinese.

The multi-million dollar transaction sets a new record for the fullback position. Although the exact figure is unknown, it is thought that the the transfer fee is somewhere in the vicinity of $2-2.5 Million USD. The new contract runs through the end of the 2021 season, with an option for 2022. Adnan will now occupy a Designated Player slot for Vancouver. He was unable to feature for the club last weekend due to a gap in his initial loan expiring on June 30th and the transfer window opening today, at which point he is now once again eligible.

Part of what made the Ali Adnan move possible was the “buying down” of Joaquin Ardaiz’s Young Designated Player contract,which freed up a Designated Player Spot that the Whitecaps could then use on Adnan.

“Ali has been a great addition to our club since arriving in March” said Marc Dos Santos “He understands our defensive principles and has an incredible ability to join the attack, create in the last third, which is very important for teams that want to have an impact offensively using their fullbacks.”

FC Cincinnati

  • Acquired centre-back Maikel van der Werff.

Van der Werfff was acquired using Targeted Allocation Money (“TAM”). He will be added to the active roster pending the receipt of his P1-Visa and International Transfer Certificate (“ITC”) when the Secondary Transfer Window opens today (July 9th).

Van der Werff, 30, spent the last seven seasons in the Netherlands’ Eredivisie with Vitesse (2015-19) and PEC Zwolle (2013-15). In the recently concluded 2018-19 season, van der Werff made 30 appearances for Vitesse across all competitions, where he scored four goals and added four assists. He has captured two Dutch Cups, one Johan Cruyff Shield and most recently wore the captain’s armband for Vitesse for parts of the 2018-19 season. A native of Hoorn, Netherlands, van der Werff will occupy an international roster spot on FC Cincinnati’s roster.

“We are pleased to be able to add a quality player and we’d like to welcome Maikel to FC Cincinnati,” FC Cincinnati General Manager Gerard Nijkamp said. “He brings a high level of experience and leadership to our backline and will be an excellent addition as we solidify our style of play. We look forward to integrating Maikel with our current group and eagerly anticipate his future as an FC Cincinnati player.”

“I’m very happy and proud with this move to FC Cincinnati,” van der Werff said. “I was able to visit for the match against the LA Galaxy and the atmosphere was great. I’m looking forward to playing and being part of this team.”

Van der Werff has a combined 247 first-team appearances, including 207 starts, during the course of his 11 professional seasons in the Netherlands. He has scored 23 goals and added 19 assists across all competitions with Vitesse, PEC Zwolle and Dutch second-tier side FC Volendam (2008-13).

FC Dallas

  • Acquired Ghanian winger Edwin Gyasi.

Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia agreed to loan winger Edwin Gyasi to FC Dallas with an option to buy for the MLS side. Born in Amsterdam, Netherlands to Ghanaian parents, the Ghanaian midfielder has 5 caps for the Ghana National Team. He made his senior debut for the Black Stars on Sept. 5, 2017, and scored his first international goal in a World Cup Qualifier versus Egypt on Nov. 12, 2017.

Edwin Gyasi

Gyasi, 27, has played for De Graafschap, FC Twente, Roda JC, and Aalesund as well as other clubs during his career prior to joining CSKA Sofia. Gyasi played more than 50 games for Sofia, scoring 6 goals and adding 10 assists.

FC Dallas used Targeted Allocation Money (“TAM”) to complete the loan deal. He will be eligible to add to Dallas’ roster pending receipt of his ITC and P-1 Visa.

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Atlanta United FC

  • Signed former US youth national team star Emerson Hyndman.

Atlanta signed former US youth national team star Emerson Hyndman on a loan from AFC Bournemouth of the English Premier League. Atlanta has the option to purchase at the end of this season.

Hyndman was part of the FC Dallas Youth Academy. Atlanta acquired Hyndman’s Discovery Rights from Dallas in exchange for an international roster slot in 2019 and 2020 and $200,000 in General Allocation Money.

The 23-year-old began his professional career with Fulham Football Club in 2014 and played two seasons in London with the English Championship side before moving up to the Premier League with Bournemouth in 2016. However, his career with the Cherries never materialized and he played in just eight games for the club.

Hyndman was loaned by Bournemouth to Glasgow Rangers in 2016-17 and Hibernian in 2018-19, playing a total of 36 games in Scotland, with five goals and four assists.

Hyndman has two appearances for the U.S. men’s national team.

“We’re excited to bring a talented young player like Emerson in to bolster our midfield,” club vice president and technical director Carlos Bocanegra said in a prepared statement. “In addition to his technical, on-the-ball abilities, he performed well in two physically demanding leagues in the Scottish Premiership and English Championship.”

Atlanta manager Frank de Boer has said any player he signs is expected to be able to contribute right away. Thus, expect Hyndman to join the rotation with Julian Gressel, Darlington Nagbe, Eric Remedi and Jeff Larentowicz as a box-to-box player. He is eligible to appear for the Five Stripes beginning today when the Major League Soccer secondary transfer window opens.

San Jose Earthquakes

  • Added Mexican winger Carlos Fierro.

San Jose has signed Mexican winger Carlos Fierro for an undisclosed transfer fee, using Targeted Allocation Money. Fierro can be added to San Jose’s roster once he receives his P-1 Visa and ITC.

Fierro has previously played for Earthquakes head coach Matias Almeyda. The midfielder made 64 appearances for Almeyda from 2015-18 and 11 under Quakes assistant coach Benjamin Galindo (2013) while competing for Chivas de Guadalajara.

“I know Carlos from my time at Chivas,” said Almeyda. “I know him as a person and as a professional. I know he can help us a lot with his style of play. He’s a player that I can use in various positions. I thank the club and the effort they made to be able to buy him. Hopefully he does a great job, which is what everyone hopes for.”

Carlos Fierro

Fierro, 24, has been a part of several trophy-winning teams in his native Mexico, helping his former clubs claim a trio of Copa MX titles (2015, 2016, 2017) and one Liga MX championship (2017).

In addition to club success, Fierro has made significant contributions to Mexico’s youth level national teams, having been a selection at the U-17, U-20 and U-23 levels, scoring four goals in 14 total appearances. He was a key player for Mexico at the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup, where Mexico finished with a perfect 7-0-0 record and became the first host nation to win that championship. Fierro scored twice in the Group Stage, the game-winning goal in the Round of 16, and the game-winning goal in the Quarterfinals to earn the Bronze Ball as the tournament’s third most outstanding player. He later helped Mexico win the 2013 Concacaf U-20 Championship with a perfect 6-0-0 record, including a 3-1 victory over the United States in the Final.

Fierro most recently played for Monarcas Morelia of Mexico’s Liga MX on loan from Cruz Azul. During his one year with Morelia, the midfielder scored one goal and contributed four assists in 32 appearances across Liga MX and Copa MX competitions.

A native of Guadalajara, Fierro originally joined the Chivas youth academy in 2008, later making his first team debut in August of 2011 at the age of 17. During his first professional season, Apertura 2011, he was the club’s most often used substitute. Fierro made 135 appearances for Chivas between 2011-15, tallying 11 goals and 13 assists and helping the club win the Apertura 2015 Copa MX Final, two months after Almeyda’s arrival.

Evoking An Image of Wings In Flight, This Will Be Miami’s Theatre Of Dreams

Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami releases stunning new preview of home stadium at Miami Freedom Park.

Miami, Fla. (Tuesday, April 9, 2019) – by Kenneth Russo

Miami has always been about the dream. Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain was no stranger to Miami. He liked Miami because of its promise and opportunity:

“We really look at Miami as the original dream, and try to go back to that notion — the promise of if you’re good and you do right in your life and you work hard, we all end up in Miami.”

Anthony Bourdain, 2015.

Inter Miami CF’s dream was shared in a little more detail today:

The club today released new renderings of its intended permanent home at Miami Freedom Park. Beginning with an image of a great white heron in its native South Florida habitat, the video transforms as the bird takes flight, transforming itself into a sweeping, majestic, laser-lighted canopy of the stadium. One glance makes it clear that this stadium will check all the boxes: the latest (presumably 5G) technology, beautiful sight lines, a massive wall of a supporters’ section, luxury suites, clubs and entertainment options before and after a match.

Prior to the vote in November, in which a majority of Miami city voters approved allowing the city to negotiate a lease of the land needed for building both the stadium and adjacent Miami Freedom Park, the words spoken were “this won’t just be a soccer stadium.” And they were right. This is a transformation, a vision, and the best is yet to come.

They call it “the beautiful game,” and in Miami the game won’t be the only thing they call beautiful. It takes a lot to get this town’s attention, and in Miami, sizzle and sexy are what sells. The new permanent home stadium for Inter Miami CF promises to deliver these attributes to an international fan base that is knowledgeable and passionate for fútbol.

A pure masterpiece, this stadium is the pièce de résistance befitting of MLS’ first global club.

Images courtesy of Inter Miami CF

© 2019 Russo Law & Soccer

Could This Be A Third Option For Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami?

Miami, FL (Wednesday February 20, 2019) – Kenneth Russo –

Another potential site for the temporary home of Inter Miami CF has emerged, according to information discovered via social media feeds. On February 12, 2019, officials from the MLS club, Dennis Sprenkle, the Vice-President of HR and Administration, and Jurgen Mainka, Director of Commercial, met with the President of Saint Thomas University, David A. Armstrong, J.D. at the team’s Miami offices.

Inter Miami CF is in need of securing a home for its inaugural season beginning in March 2020, and in all likelihood for the 2021 season as well. The Club had been in talks with MLB’s Miami Marlins to play at Marlins Park, but the two sides could not reach an accord. They also reportedly have talked to RSE Ventures about leasing Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, but again without an agreement being struck.

The third choice for a temporary home has usually focused on Riccardo Silva Stadium at Florida International University. Located in the western part of Miami-Dade County, that site also has its complications, the primary obstacle being that Inter Miami CF would be the third tenant, and would be required to adjust its home dates to fit in with FIU Football and the Miami Football Club, a non division team owned in part by Silva which played in the now defunct NASL. Also, the location is less-than-ideal, as it is far from the urban core of Miami.

At the meeting with St. Thomas on February 12, the two sides talked about potential partnerships with the University and with the St. Thomas University Sports Administration Program.

Founded in 1961 as Biscayne College by the order of Augustinian Friars, the private Catholic institution achieved university status in 1984, operates one of only two accredited Catholic law schools south of Washington, D.C., and offers multiple degrees at the bachelor and master level. It has an undergraduate enrollment of 4,280, and its current campus size is 140 acres, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report survey of colleges and universities. The university listed 28 acres of land for sale in August 2018. The sale of the land, located along the Palmetto Expressway, would be used to strengthen its endowment and finance strategic projects, according to President David A. Armstrong.

https://www.latimes.com/fl-bz-st-thomas-university-selling-28-acres-20180823-story.html

St. Thomas University has recently added men’s American Football to its university sports program, with games beginning in Fall 2019, but has yet to announce where it will play those home games. Presently, there is no football stadium on the campus. It is also entirely possible that St. Thomas is interested in using the eventual Miami Freedom Park Stadium. No one has ever mentioned Inter Miami CF sharing its home with other teams, but it wouldn’t be unprecedented either. Within MLS, Toronto FC has allowed the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts to use BMO Field; Los Angeles Galaxy’s Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson California is the temporary home of the relocated NFL Chargers; FC Dallas’ home is used for American Football.

Geographically, St. Thomas’ location in northern Miami-Dade County make it an ideal site for Inter Miami CF, as the location is easily accessible by car from both Miami and Broward County. The university also has experience in hosting a soccer club, having been the home grounds of the aforementioned Miami FC while the club dropped down to play in the NPSL. St. Thomas controls a large amount of land and has the room necessary to construct a football stadium for its newly launched university team.

If there is anything to the possibility of constructing a temporary home at St. Thomas, plans would have to occur quickly. The time factor gives rise to another potential: the use of a modular stadium. This has been a popular solution for USL teams. For example, Phoenix Rising FC have constructed a modular stadium for its home games, while building the club’s fanbase and developing plans for a permanent stadium as part of its very strong expansion bid to Major League Soccer. Phoenix’ modular stadium has 6,000 seats, and building one for Inter Miami CF would require at least 15,000 to be a viable option and to meet MLS standards.

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Inter Miami CF Enters Into Agreement with KIN

KIN Partners will be the exclusive sponsorship sales representation agency.

Miami, FL (Tuesday, February 5, 2019) by Kenneth Russo –

Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami (“Inter Miami CF”) continues to make impressive steps in its development, now with slightly more than one year before it kicks off play in North America’s Major League Soccer.

The club announced on February 1, 2019, that it has entered into a contract with the London-based firm, which is headed up by industry veterans Simon Oliveira and Matthew Kay, KIN recently expanded into Miami and Oliveira, the Managing Director of KIN, has previously worked on Beckham’s other business projects. Among KIN’s roster of international clients is Neymar, Jr.

KIN’s role will be to identify and develop sponsorship opportunities for the expansion club.

“Miami is recognised as a global city with a mix of wonderful cultures and we cannot wait to start working with both the vastly impressive ownership group and one of the most exciting properties in world sports today,” said Matthew Kay.

The announcement comes within days after Inter Miami put forward plans to build a training facility, including a multi-purpose stadium, on the site of the Lockhart Stadium, previously used by the now defunct North American Soccer League’s (NASL) Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

Given the transformational aspect of Miami Freedom Park, partnering with an international agency appears to be a smart move. Interest in Inter Miami CF has been high, and the home of the team, in addition to a 25,000 seat stadium, a public park and public soccer fields, will feature hotel, entertainment and retail space as well as a technology hub. It is a US$1 billion complex that will create thousands of jobs and generate millions of dollars in tax revenue to the city, county, state and school board.

© 2019 Russo Law & Soccer

Want to Establish a Great Culture at Your Soccer Club? Do this first.

Miami, FL (Tuesday, January 15, 2019.)

At the core of any successful company is a great culture. To establish one, think about how you want your company to impact the world. Where does one begin this?

Football (Soccer/Fútbol) clubs are no different. What do two of the largest clubs have to say about this? What does a new club do first?

Read more to find out with the link below!

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Niki Budalic Named First Director of Soccer Operations for Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami – EN|ES|PT|FR

Miami, FL (Monday, January 7, 2019) by Kenneth Russo –

The making of the front office of Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami continued as the club announced today that Niki Budalic will join as the club’s first Director of Soccer Operations. Budalic, a Canadian citizen, will join the Inter Miami CF staff pending approval of his U.S. work permit.

Budalic’s role will be to manage and oversee all soccer operations. He will report directly to Sporting Director Paul McDonough and will work alongside Technical Director Kurt Schmid.

Sporting Director Paul McDonough was pleased to welcome Budalic, stating. “We want to welcome Niki to the Inter Miami family. Niki’s experience working alongside players and coaches at all levels will be an important addition to our technical staff, and one that will allow us to create an environment that cultivates success.”

Niki Budalic’s experience includes 3 years with Orlando City SC, where he served as General Manager of Soccer Operations for both Orlando City (MLS) and the Orlando Pride (NWSL). He joined Orlando City in January 2016 as Assistant General Manager and was promoted in December 2016.

Niki’s career has also included serving as Director of Soccer Operations for Kitchener-Waterloo United in the Premier Development League and leading the club to the 2015 national championship. He was also the Director of Football, North America, for Beswicks Sports.

Prior to working in soccer management, Niki was a professional player for various clubs in North America and Europe, including the Montreal Impact, Toronto Lynx, FK Haugesund in Norway, and Örebro SK in Sweden. Niki’s extensive soccer profile includes working in player representation, scouting, recruitment, consulting and coaching for both men’s and women’s soccer.

Niki holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

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Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami Nombró a Niki Budalic Su Primer Director de Operaciones de Fútbol

Miami, FL (lunes 7 de enero, 2019) – por Kenneth Russo –

La estructuración de la gerencia del Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami continuó hoy cuando el club anunció que Niki Budalic se unirá como Directora de Operaciones de Fútbol del club. Budalic, un ciudadano canadiense, se unirá al personal del Inter Miami CF a la espera de la aprobación de su permiso de trabajo de los EE. UU.

En su rol con el club, Niki reportará directamente al Director Deportivo, Paul McDonough y trabajará junto con el Director Técnico Kurt Schmid en todos los aspectos de las operaciones de fútbol.

El Director Deportivo Paul McDonough tuvo el placer de dar la bienvenida a Budalic. “Queremos dar la bienvenida la más cordial a Niki a la familia del Inter Miami. La experiencia que Niki trae consigo gracias a sus años de trabajo con jugadores y entrenadores en todos los niveles, complementará de sobremanera a nuestro cuerpo técnico y también nos ayudará a crear una cultura de éxito en el club.”

La experiencia de Niki Budalic incluye 3 años con Orlando City SC, donde se desempeñó como Gerente General de Operaciones de Fútbol para Orlando City (MLS) y Orlando Pride (NWSL). Sus años en Orlando inició unió en enero de 2016 como Gerente General Adjunto y fue promovido en diciembre de 2016, después de solamente once meses.

Niki también se desempeñó como Director de Operaciones para el equipo del Kitchener-Waterloo United (Ontario) de la PDL, al cual llevó al campeonato nacional en el 2015. También fue el Director de Fútbol (América del Norte) para Beswicks Sports.

Antes de trabajar en la gestión del fútbol, Niki fue jugador profesional para varios clubes en América del Norte y Europa, incluyendo el Montreal Impact, Toronto Lynx, FK Haugesund en Noruega y Örebro SK en Suecia. El perfil extenso de Niki incluye experiencia más allá de la cancha, y toca aspectos de la industria como la visoria y el reclutamiento de talento, representación de jugadores, consultoría, dirección técnica y entrenamiento tanto para hombres como para mujeres.

Niki tiene una Maestría en Administración de Negocios (MBA) de la Universidad Wilfrid Laurier en Waterloo, Ontario, Canadá.

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Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami Nomeou Niki Budalic Seu Primeiro Diretor de Operações de Futebol

Miami, FL (segunda-feira, 7 de janeiro, 2019) – Kenneth Russo –

A criação da gerência do Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami continuou hoje quando o clube anunciou que Niki Budalic se unirá ao clube como seu Diretor de Operações de Futebol. Budalic, um cidadão canadense, se juntará ao time Inter Miami CF, aguardando a aprovação de sua permissão de trabalho dos EUA.

Em seu papel no clube, Niki se reportará diretamente ao Diretor Esportivo, Paul McDonough, e trabalhará com o Diretor Técnico Kurt Schmid em todos os aspectos das operações de futebol.

O Diretor Esportivo Paul McDonough teve o prazer de receber Budalic. “Queremos dar as boas-vindas a Niki para a família Inter Miami. A experiência que Niki traz com seus anos de trabalho com jogadores e treinadores em todos os níveis, vai complementar muito a nossa equipe de treinadores e também nos ajudará a criar uma cultura de sucesso no clube “.

A experiência de Niki Budalic inclui 3 anos com Orlando City SC, onde atuou como Gerente Geral de Operações de Futebol de Orlando City (MLS) e Orlando Pride (NWSL). Seus anos em Orlando começaram em janeiro de 2016 como Vice-Gerente Geral e foi promovido em dezembro de 2016, após apenas onze meses.

Niki também atuou como Diretor de Operações da equipe Kitchener-Waterloo United (Ontario) do PDL, que liderou o campeonato nacional em 2015. Ele também foi Diretor de Futebol (América do Norte) para Beswicks Sports.

Antes de trabalhar na gestão de futebol, Niki foi jogador profissional de vários clubes na América do Norte e Europa, incluindo Montreal Impact, Toronto Lynx, FK Haugesund na Noruega e Örebro SK na Suécia. O extenso perfil de Niki inclui experiência além do campo e aborda aspectos da indústria como recrutador de talentos, representação de jogadores, consultoria, direção técnica e treinamento para homens e mulheres.

Niki possui um Mestrado em Administração de Negócios (MBA) pela Wilfrid Laurier University em Waterloo, Ontário, Canadá.

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Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami A Nommé Niki Budalic Premier Directeur des Operations de Football.

Miami, FL (lundi, le 7 janvier 2019) – Kenneth Russo –

L’assemblage de l’équipe de management du Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami a continué d’évoluer aujourd’hui quand le club a annoncé que Niki Budalic se joindra comme le Directeur des Opérations de Football. Budalic, un citoyen canadien, rejoindra le personnel de Inter Miami CF en attendant l’approbation de son permis de travail américain.

Budalic aura pour rôle de gérer et de superviser toutes les opérations de football. Il relèvera directement du Directeur Sportif, Paul McDonough, et travaillera aux côtés du nouveau Directeur Technique, Kurt Schmid.

Le Directeur Sportif Paul McDonough a eu le plaisir d’accueillir Budalic. «Nous souhaitons la bienvenue à Niki dans la famille Inter Miami. L’expérience de Niki auprès des joueurs et des entraîneurs à tous les niveaux constituera un atout important pour notre personnel technique et nous permettra de créer une culture du succès.»

L’expérience de Niki Budalic comprend 3 années passées à Orlando City SC, où il a été Directeur Général des Opérations de Football pour Orlando City (MLS) et Orlando Pride (NWSL). Il a rejoint Orlando City en janvier 2016 en tant que Directeur Général Adjoint et a été promu en décembre 2016, seulement quelques mois après son arrivée.

La carrière de Niki a également a comporté le rôle du Directeur des Opérations de Football pour l’équipe Kitchener-Waterloo United de la Premier Development League où il a mené le club au championnat national en 2015. Il a également été Directeur du Football pour l’Amérique du Nord avec Beswicks Sports.

Avant de travailler dans la gestion du football, Niki était un joueur professionnel pour plusieurs clubs en Amérique du Nord et en Europe, notamment l’Impact de Montréal, le Lynx de Toronto, le FK Haugesund en Norvège et le Örebro SK en Suède. Le profil étendu de Niki dans le football inclut des activités dans la représentation des joueurs, le dépistage et recrutement des joueurs, la consultation et l’entraînement pour le football masculin et féminin.

Niki est titulaire d’une Maîtrise en Administration des Affaires (MBA) de l’Université Wilfrid Laurier de Waterloo, en Ontario, au Canada.