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Inter Miami CF preseason kicks off. See and hear team members in their own words.

Goalkeeper Luis Robles speaks to the media moments before Inter Miami CF preseason kicks off. Photo by Matthew Bunch.

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 selects Dylan Nealis with MLS Superdraft third pick

Dylan Nealis

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 selects Robbie Robinson with MLS Superdraft first pick

Robbie Robinson. Via Clemson University.

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.

Magic City Soccer Podcast Episode 78: Inter Miami CF names Diego Alonso manager, The Miami FC shares first two USL fixtures

Magic City Soccer Podcast. Photographic by Matthew Bunch.

On this Magic City Soccer Podcast, Matt, Drew and Lee welcome in the new year by breaking down lots of news. Diego Alonso will lead Inter Miami CF into its first season, while The Miami FC will take on a familiar foe in its USL Championship home debut. Plus, we answer listener questions. Join us, won’t you?

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Miami Soccer in Review: Clubs throughout the county position themselves for the next decade

Miami Soccer in Review | In 2019, Inter Miami CF announced a plan to build a stadium to serve as a temporary venue for its Major League Soccer team and a permanent home for a USL League One side. Photo via Inter Miami CF.

Magic City Soccer will take the last 10 days of 2019 to review the last 10 years of Miami-Dade County soccer. Today in Miami Soccer in Review, we take a look back at 2019. As the decade closes, Inter Miami CF, The Miami FC and more prepare for the next decade and beyond.

2019 began with Inter Miami CF targeting Miami Freedom Park and a not-yet-named temporary venue. The Miami FC was preparing for its second season in the National Premier Soccer League. And Miami United FC was gearing up for its sixth season at Ted Hendricks Stadium in Hialeah. By the end of the year, Inter Miami was nearly done building a stadium no one envisioned in January, Miami FC was onto its third league in 12 months, and Miami United moved across the county.

Miami Soccer in Review: Everything changes for Inter Miami CF in 2018

Miami Soccer in Review | David Beckham speaks to a crowd at Regatta Park in Coconut Grove before Fútbol Miami MLS makes it presentation in front of the City of Miami commission. Co-owner Jorge Mas is pictured to the left. Photo by Matthew Bunch.

Magic City Soccer will take the last 10 days of 2019 to review the last 10 years of Miami-Dade County soccer. Today in Miami Soccer in Review, we take a look back at 2018. Everything, from ownership to name to stadium location, was changed for Miami Beckham United (later Inter Miami CF).

As we covered yesterday, the fall of 2017 was a dark time for Miami Beckham United. No substantive, positive news had developed in more than a year. But a breakfast meeting and an e-mail brought Jorge Mas, CEO of MasTec, into the fold. By January 2018, the ownership group was appearing at the Adrienne Arsht Center to celebrate.

Changes came thick and fast, as Mas brought his local knowledge to the bid. Out was the Overtown bid. In was Melreese Country Club, which would require a lease with the City of Miami.

Local politics required local support, so the team tried to bring supporters to counter the supporters of the golf club. David Beckham and Mas rallied the troops outside the city commission’s chambers on July 12.

Later that evening, the commission would decide to punt for a week. After a week of further negotiation, a 3-2 vote allowed the residents of the city to vote on whether the commission could negotiate further.

More public support was now needed, and so the public relations campaign began. A Sporting Director (Paul McDonough) was hired, a logo and name were revealed and the team paid for a front-page wrap of the Miami Herald to announce it.

After nearly four months, more than 60 percent of city residents voted to allow the negotiations. Of course, if you don’t know by now, the project that would come to be known as Miami Freedom Park became one more giant hurdle that has yet to be cleared.

Miami FC NPSL-bound

Another entity that struggled with repeated challenges was the North American Soccer League. In 2018, the league, which repeatedly challenged the U.S. Soccer Federation, cancelled its season after failing to regain certification. The Miami FC took measures to keep playing, joining the National Premier Soccer League.

Paul Dalglish, taking over for Alessandro Nesta, had an enormous burden to carry. The club failed to produce another memorable cup run, but did claim the NPSL’s national title thanks to a 3-2 defeat of FC Motown from Morristown, New Jersey.

Miami United cup crazy

Now, why did The Miami FC fail to produce another memorable cup run? Two words: Miami United.

Miami United strung together a cup run nearly as memorable as Miami FC’s in 2017, defeating Miami and Jacksonville Armada (NASL exiles) before hosting Orlando City SC at Ted Hendricks Stadium in Hialeah. Orlando City, after failing against Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Miami FC, were loath to lose to a Florida team again. A 3-0 defeat ended the dream for Miami United, but not before lots of attention was paid to the pink and blue.

Miami United FC: South Florida’s Fresh Hope

Miami United FC is South Florida’s fresh hope in the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. They face MLS side Orlando City this Wednesday!

International Champions Cup double-dip

Nothing could match the excitement of El Clásico Miami in 2017. However, another double dip of international friendlies came to Hard Rock Stadium. Manchester City saw off Bayern Munich on July 28, and three days later Manchester United upset plenty of Los Blancos fans, defeating Real Madrid 2-1.

2018 also saw the debut of the International Champions Cup Women’s Tournament in Miami. North Carolina Courage claimed the title, besting European giants Olympique Lyonnais; Manchester City claimed third place, beating Paris Saint-Germain.

Colleges

The FIU men entered 2018 with very high expectations. Two players ( Santiago Patino and Joris Ahlinvi) were named to the preseason MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List. Many expected a run similar to what we saw in 2017. However, the team found disappointment, finishing with a 7-10 record and a first-round tournament exit at the hands of Marshall.

If the FIU men were disappointing, the FIU women were shocking. The team fell to 0-17-1, and if not for a brace by Rayquel Berry against Louisiana Tech, it would have been a pointless season.

The Miami Hurricanes, in their first year under Sarah Barnes, weren’t much better. A win over FIU did avenge their 2017 loss, but a 5-9-2 record was not what Barnes was looking for in her debut.

High Schools

On the girls’ side, Lourdes again claimed a Class 5A title, defeating Oviedo 1-0. Miami Country Day reached the 1A state final, but lost to the juggernaut that is St. John’s Country Day.

On the boys’ side, Class 1A Palmer Trinity claimed another state title, downing Maclay 2-1. Miami Beach nearly edged Plant City for the Class 5A title, but fell in penalty kicks, 3-2.

Join us on New Year’s Day for the final post in Miami Soccer in Review.

Miami Soccer in Review: The Miami FC brings MLS to Miami in 2017 as Beckham bid nearly collapses

Miami Soccer in Review | The Miami FC forward Kwadwo Poku scores past Atlanta United defender Carlos Carmona to win the club's U.S. Open Cup tie at Riccardo Silva Stadium in Miami on June 28, 2017. Photo via The Miami FC.

Magic City Soccer will take the last 10 days of 2019 to review the last 10 years of Miami-Dade County soccer. Today in Miami Soccer in Review, we take a look back at 2017. The Miami FC makes an enthralling U.S. Open Cup run, and Jorge Mas offers a lifeline to a Miami Beckham United ready to quit.

When The Miami FC was announced in 2015. owner Riccardo Silva indicated that the U.S. Open Cup would prove to be as important as league performance. That wasn’t reflected in 2016, when the club was bombed out in its first game by Wilmington Hammerheads FC. In 2017, however, a magical run would show the potential that The Miami FC presented the South Florida soccer community.

Miami Soccer in Review: The Miami FC struggles on the pitch in its 2016 debut

Miami Soccer in Review | The Miami FC forward Darío Cvitanich celebrates with teammates after scoring the club's first goal in a game against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale on April 2, 2016. Photo via The Miami FC.

Magic City Soccer will take the last 10 days of 2019 to review the last 10 years of Miami-Dade County soccer. Today in Miami Soccer in Review, we take a look back at 2016. The Miami FC debuts less than a year after being announced, and struggles to find its footing.

The Miami FC took the field for the first time in 2016, led by Italian giant Alessandro Nesta. In the club’s first match against Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Darío Cvitanich would score the first goal thanks to a penalty and a 10-man side saw out a 1-1 draw at Lockhart Stadium in Broward County. The Strikers, who qualified for the NASL playoffs the prior season, offered a measuring stick with which to compare Miami FC. The next week, the Blues again saw out a 1-1 draw, this time against Tampa Bay Rowdies, a team that came two points behind Fort Lauderdale the previous season. 

It would be the last points Miami FC collected for more than a month.

Miami Soccer in Review: Silva, The Miami FC offer direct challenge to MLS, Beckham in 2015

Miami Soccer in Review | Riccardo Silva, right, poses with The Miami FC co-founder Paolo Maldini in 2015. Photo via NASL.

Magic City Soccer will take the last 10 days of 2019 to review the last 10 years of Miami-Dade County soccer. Today in Miami Soccer in Review, we take a look back at 2015. An unexpected rival enters the Miami professional soccer market, and plans to be playing games sooner than anyone would imagine.

By the middle point 2015, the David Beckham proposal bandied about anonymously in 2013 and shared publicly in February 2014 was looking ragged. Proposals for Dodge Island and Downtown were shot down. A compromise location next to Marlins Park was being stonewalled by property owners abutting the stadium’s property. It was clear that building a stadium would be the defining problem of the plan.

Seeing the instability, Italian businessman and investor Riccardo Silva made a play. Silva and Italian legend Paolo Maldini announced that The Miami FC would be competing in the North American Soccer League in the 2016 season. Instead of building a new venue, it would play at Ocean Bank Field at FIU Stadium. A head coach (Alessandro Nesta) and jersey unveiling soon followed.