Team Profile: Inter Miami CF
Updated: Feb 23
Year founded: 2018.
First season in MLS: 2020.
Stadium: DRV PNK Stadium, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
2023 highlights: Phil Neville's, looking to build on last season's best-ever finish, have been handed a trying start to their fourth season in MLS. They begin with two home games, against CF Montreal on opening day, followed reigning Eastern Conference champions Philadelphia Union a week later. They then head on the road for two, tackling New York City FC at Yankee Stadium and then to BMO Field for a meeting with Toronto FC. They play four of their six games in May at home, including the first of two encounters with state rivals Orlando City. The return match is in Orlando on September 24th. And they will hope it is third time lucky when they take on defending MLS Cup champions LAFC. They have lost both previous matches, without scoring, and travel to BMO Stadium on September 2nd. There will be a first MLS meeting this season with Sporting KC (September 9th); they also face new boys St. Louis City SC (July 15th). Their regular season concludes with a trip to Charlotte FC on October 21st.
Head Coach: Phil Neville.
Players to watch: Josef Martinez, Leonardo Campana.
Shanyder Borgelin (homegrown signing)
Leonardo Campana (permanent transfer from Wolves) Benjamin Cremaschi (homegrown)
Cole Jensen (MLS SuperDraft signing) Sergii Kryvtsov (transfer from Shakhtar Donetsk)
Jake LaCava (trade from RBNY) Josef Martínez (signing) Franco Negri (free transfer) Nicolás Stefanelli (transfer from AIK Fotboll)
George Acosta (option declined) Gonzalo Higuain (option declined)
Kieran Gibbs (contract terminated, joined broadcast team) Joevin Jones (out of contract) Damion Lowe (trade to Philadelphia) Alejandro Pozuelo (out of contract) Emerson Rodríguez (loan to Santos Laguna) Brek Shea (out of contract) Indiana Vassilev (out of contract, signed for St. Louis City)
2022 summary: Inter Miami achieved their highest-ever finish in the Eastern Conference in what was their third season. After squeezing into the untidy postseason which accompanied the Covid-impacted 2020 campaign - Miami's first in MLS - the big-spending south Florida club were a distant 11th in season two. With pressure to perform, they again leant on Gonzalo Higuain, whose club record 16 goals helped them to sixth spot. All of this came off the back of a rough start, which began with a goalless draw at home to Chicago Fire and was followed by four defeats. They rallied with three wins on bounce, including success in Seattle. They split the two meetings with Orlando City but will have relished the 4-1 win at DRV PNK Stadium in their final home game of the regular season, a fourth victory in a row. Their postseason ended in game one when they fell 3-0 to NYCFC at Citi Field.
Facts and Stats: Miami's 2022 season saw them amass most points (48), score most goals (47), enjoy most wins (14), and put more shots on target (147). For the first time in their three seasons in MLS, Inter Miami had two players score double digit goals, Gonzalo Higuain (16) and Leonardo Campana (11), who has since joined on a permanent basis after spending last season on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Milestones in 2023: the trip to Columbus Crew on April 29th will be Inter Miami's 100th regular season game in MLS. Offseason signing Josef Martinez is two away from 100 regular season goals, while DeAndre Yedlin needs another 10 league appearances to reach 100.