During the Coronavirus epidemic, the Magic City Soccer Podcast was able to catch up with some international club players that all come from the South Florida area. In this first of a special set of episodes, Omar and Lee chat with Pablo Punyed (KR Reykjavik), Krissy Fisher (Sporting Huelva), and Niko Hämäläinen (Kilmarnock, QPR) about their South Florida roots and their transition into the pro game. We wish you and your family all the best during this difficult time. Since we’re all trapped at home… join us, won’t you?
Inter Miami CF announced Thursday that it has established an English-language broadcast partnership with CBS Miami, which shares ownership of WFOR CBS-4 and WBFS My 33.
Due to the postponement of the Inter Miami CF hope opener against the LA Galaxy, and in the interest of promoting social distancing and support for our local community, Magic City Soccer will be providing a full-length, fully commentated Football Manager simulation of the game on Twitch on Saturday night at 7 p.m.
The United Soccer League confirmed Thursday that it would impose a 30-day suspension of games due to COVID-19, referred to commonly as novel coronavirus. This means that The Miami FC’s home opener against the Tampa Bay Rowdies, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Riccardo Silva Stadium, will not go forward as planned.
Stay with Magic City Soccer as this story develops.
For 50 minutes Saturday, Inter Miami CF seemed poised to claim its first Major League Soccer victory. An early Rodolfo Pizarro goal, the first in the club’s history, was the cap of an early offensive blitz and reflected the dominance we would see from the team in the first half.
But one moment proved to be a harbinger of doom for the RosaNegra, taking them from 2-0 up to down 2-1 and a man within 10 minutes.
The wait for an inaugural point continues. Inter Miami fell at the hands of DC United Saturday, 2-1.
As Inter Miami CF kicks off its first game this afternoon, I’ve been doing some thinking. I wasn’t always a fan of soccer. In fact, I spent most of my adolescence harboring a strong dislike of the sport. Soccer was boring, no one ever scored, it was for other countries and not the United States.
Obviously, if you’ve read this website or listened to our podcast, you know that opinion has changed radically. It was a process that started in my hometown of Baltimore, but took hold in Miami. I learned to appreciate, then love, The Beautiful Game.
By the time my appreciation of soccer took hold, around 2008, I was driving to pubs on Miami Beach or Oakland Park to watch my club team, Liverpool. And I was also aware of a plan by F.C. Barcelona and Marcelo Claure to bring Major League Soccer to Miami. My first thought was: “Yeah, why the hell doesn’t Miami have MLS already?” My second thought was: “Awesome!”
My first thought was answered when I researched and discovered there had been a Miami team, and that it had been contracted after the 2001 season. My second thought was slowly killed off by the Great Recession and Barcelona’s abandonment of the project in 2009. It would be more than a decade before Major League Soccer would actually return.
On this Magic City Soccer Podcast, Abel and Omar return from a hibernation of sorts. The duo talk about the new Inter Miami CF kit released this week and about the rosters of both Inter Miami CF and The Miami FC. A Newcomer joins the ranks of the lower divisions of Florida soccer in the NSL. Join us, won’t you?
On Monday morning, Inter Miami CF preseason opened its first preseason at Buccaneer Field on the campus of Barry University. Three members of the club spoke to the press about the first day, and what could be coming. You can see and hear their full comments, with limited editing, below.
First, Sporting Director Paul McDonough spoke to the media, giving some insight about how many players may still be added to the squad and how players may — or may not — be added as the season goes along.
Inter Miami CF selected Georgetown University defender Dylan Nealis Monday afternoon with the third pick of the 2020 MLS Superdraft.
Nealis, a MAC Hermann Trophy finalist and a national champion with Georgetown in 2019, played in all 24 of the team’s games, accounting for four goals and five assists.
Nealis is the club’s second pick in the MLS Superdraft. Robbie Robinson was taken with the first pick.
Inter Miami CF selected Clemson University forward Robbie Robinson Monday afternoon with the first pick of the 2020 MLS Superdraft.
Robinson, the MAC Hermann Trophy winner for the 2019 season, appeared in 19 games and scored 18 goals. He also contributed nine assists.
His 18 goals tied him with Thibaut Jacquel of Campbell and Cal Jennings of UCF for the Division I lead.
Inter Miami sporting director Paul McDonough has experience with the Superdraft. In 2015 with Orlando City SC’s first pick, he chose Cyle Larin, who contributed to the club for three years before a transfer to Turkey’s Beşiktaş.
McDonough led expansion side Atlanta United into the 2017 draft, selecting Miles Robinson at No. 2 and Julian Gressel at No. 9. Robinson has made 44 appearances for Atlanta, while Gressel has made 98, totaling 15 goals.
This is the first Superdraft pick in the club’s history. The club selected Georgetown midfielder Dylan Nealis with pick No. 3.