Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami Names First Technical Director

Miami, FL (Thursday, January 3, 2019) by Kenneth Russo

Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami today announced that it has retained the services of Kurt Schmid as the club’s first Technical Director.

Schmid has worked in Major League Soccer for the past ten years, and moves to Miami after a career with the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Seattle Sounders.

Kurt will begin working with Sporting Director Paul McDonough on all soccer-related initiatives of the first team and the academy, with a particular focus on leading scouting efforts. The club’s scouting will include both local and international players.

Sporting Director Paul McDonough said, “We are extremely happy to welcome Kurt to the Inter Miami family. His deep roots in the national soccer landscape, paired with his vast global scouting experience will be an invaluable component for our club and our technical staff.”

Kurt’s career highlights include working as an assistant coach and a scout for Seattle in the clubs first season in MLS in 2009. He spent seven seasons with Seattle, during which time the club won four U.S. Open Cups (2009, 2010, 2011, 2014) and one Supporters’ Shield (2014). In 2016, he became the head scout. After Seattle won MLS Cup in 2016, he was named Director of Player Personnel.

In 2017, Kurt became the Director of Player Personnel and Scouting for the Los Angeles Galaxy. His career also goes back to the university level, where he worked at Saint Mary’s College as an Assistant Coach, later working in the same capacity at the University of California Irvine in 2007-08. Kurt also played soccer while attending Wake Forest University and UCLA. He won an NCAA Chanpionship with UCLA in 2002. He is a graduate of UCLA with a degree in Business Economics.

Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami contrata su primer Director de Fútbol

Miami, FL (jueves, 3 de enero de 2019) por Kenneth Russo

El Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami anunció hoy que han contratado Kurt Schmid, un veterano de 10 años de la MLS. Se une al Inter Miami después de una carrera decorada con los LA Galaxy y los Seattle Sounders. Será el primer Director de Fútbol del club.

En su nuevo puesto con Inter Miami CF, Kurt trabajará directamente con el Director Deportivo, Paul McDonough, en todos los aspectos relacionados con el fútbol del primer equipo y la academia, con un enfoque particular en la búsqueda de talento, en un nivel local tanto que internacional para el club.

“Estamos muy contentos de dar la bienvenida a Kurt a la familia de Inter Miami”, dijo el Director Deportivo Paul McDonough. “Sus profundas raíces y conocimiento en el panorama del fútbol nacional, junto con su vasta experiencia como visor de talentos internacionales serán componentes invaluables para nuestro club y nuestro cuerpo técnico.”

La carrera de Kurt en la MLS comenzó en 2009, cuando se unió a los Seattle Sounders en su temporada inicial como Asistente Técnico y visor de talento. Durante sus siete temporadas con los Sounders, los ayudó a cuatro títulos de la U.S. Open Cup (2009, 2010, 2011, 2014) y un título de Supporters Shield en 2014. Se nombró Visor en Jefe en 2016. Inmediatamente después de la victoria de la MLS Cup en 2016 fue promovido al puesto de Director de Personal de Jugadores.

Después de su tiempo con los Sounders, Kurt se unió al Galaxy en 2017, donde se desempeñó como Director de Visores y Personal de Jugadores.

Antes de su tiempo en la MLS, Kurt trabajó como asistente técnico en un nivel universitario, primero con Saint Mary’s College y después con la Universidad de California Irvine en 2007-08.

Schmid jugó fútbol en la universidades de Wake Forest y UCLA, ganando un campeonato de la NCAA con UCLA en 2002. Se graduó de la UCLA con una licenciatura en Economía y Negocios.

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McDonough becomes Miami’s first Sporting Director

Fútbol Miami announced the hiring if it’s first Sporting Director, weeks before officially becoming Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami.

As reported on MLS website:

August 2, 2018, 11:00AM EDT

Tom Bogert

Contributor

The MLS club preparing to launch in Miami doesn’t yet have an official name, but their organization has taken the crucial first step in creating a roster. The club announced it has hired Paul McDonough as Sporting Director, effective August 4.

McDonough, most recently VP of soccer operations at Atlanta United, will be responsible for building Miami MLS’s roster and leading its sporting operations while working closely with Managing Owner Jorge Mas and owner and President of Football Operations David Beckham.

“Paul is the first hire for our club and his appointment marks the real start of our journey in building, not only the team but also the team spirit of Miami MLS,” Beckham said in a statement. “Paul’s soccer experience is world class and he will help us to create a globally recognized team that we can all be proud of.”

The hire is Miami MLS’ initial foray in creating an identity. McDonough is likely to have carte blanche at establishing his on-field vision for the club.

“To be able to join the expansion franchise in Miami at its inception is truly exciting,” McDonough said in a statement. “I am looking forward to working with Jorge and the entire ownership group to build a team that represents the very best of soccer.”

McDonough has been with Atlanta since 2015, contributing to one of the most successful expansion franchises in league history. During his time with the Five Stripes, Atlanta signed stars such as Miguel Almiron, Josef Martinez and Ezequiel Barco while opening Mercedes-Benz Stadium as well as a new training facility in Marietta.

MLSsoccer.com’s Sam Stejskal reported in July that Atlanta may be in line for compensation from Miami.

“Paul played a critical role in the building of our club and we are very appreciative of his hard work and dedication in making Atlanta United a success,” Atlanta United President Darren Eales said in a statement. “We wish him and his family all the best moving forward. With Paul’s impending departure, we’ve immediately begun a search to identify and evaluate potential candidates for the position. We’ll conduct a thorough interview process to ensure we find the right replacement.”

Prior to joining Atlanta, McDonough worked for Orlando City during their transition to MLS. He led the club’s technical staff before effectively being replaced by former Benfica academy director Armando Carneiro in 2015.

Mas indicated that MLS Miami will reveal its name, badge and colors in the coming weeks.

www.mlssoccer.com/post/2018/08/02/miami-mls-hires-paul-mcdonough-sporting-director

¡ENFIN, YA TENEMOS NOMBRE!

Miami, 8 de septiembre de 2018, por Kenneth Russo, Esq.

Fútbol Miami has revelado su nombre oficial esta semana, y es un nombre que será grande en el mundo del deporte más hermoso del mundo.

Da la bienvenida al:

Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami

www.mlssoccer.com/post/2018/09/05/mls-miami-expansion-team-unveils-name-crest