Inter Miami has announced their roster decisions for the upcoming 2022 Major League Soccer season, set to kick off on February 26.
Following a disappointing 2021 campaign, the South Florida side will be making several changes to the squad. But Inter Miami faces a difficult transfer window after receiving sanctions related to the league’s investigation of their acquisition of Blaise Matuidi.
For each of the next two seasons, the club will be without more than $2 million in allocation money. With several expensive players under contract, the team must find a way to free up funds to make the necessary improvements to a roster that concluded the season seven points below the Eastern Conference playoff line.
During the revelation, Chief Soccer Officer and Sporting Director Chris Henderson added that conversations between the team and certain players remain ongoing and any situation is subject to change.
“Inter Miami would like to thank the players, coaches and staff for their work and contributions in the 2021 season. The Club continues to work diligently to construct a team that will bring our incredible fans the success they deserve,” Henderson said.
“We remain in conversations with several players about returning next year and aim to recruit exciting new talent that will help us achieve our goals.”
For now, the team announced 19 players are under contract as the offseason begins, including Designated Players Rodolfo Pizarro, Blaise Matuidi and Gonzalo Higuian.
Miami has also chosen to exercise none of the contract options, officially declining 10 while three players remain out of contract. Ventura Alvarado, Kelvin Leerdam and Victor Ulloa were among the 10 players' whose contract options were declined.
Contract options declined (Nov. 15, 2021):
- George Acosta (MID)
- Ventura Alvarado (DEF)
- Dylan Castanheira (GK)
- Jay Chapman (MID) - eligible for free agency
- Sami Guediri (MID)
- Kelvin Leerdam (DEF) - eligible for free agency
- John McCarthy (GK) - eligible for free agency
- Josh Penn (FWD)
- Patrick Seagrist (DEF)
- Victor Ulloa (MID) - eligible for free agency
Out of contract (Nov. 15, 2021):
- Federico Higuain (MID) - retired, eligible for free agency
- Brek Shea (DEF) - eligible for free agency
Loan expiration (Nov. 15, 2021):
- Indiana Vassilev (FWD)