MLS expansion team, Inter Miami FC, have signed the first two players in club history. The club announced on Friday that, left-winger Matias Pellegrini and forward Julian Carranza will be joining the new team on loan until next year.
Pellegrini,19, joins Miami via a transfer from Estudiantes de La Plata as a Young Designated Player. At the age of 11, Plellegrini joined Estudiantes Academy and made his First Division debut in 2018. In the 15 matches played he scored three goals. Pellegrini has also appeared in Copa Libertadores tournaments and represented both U-17 and U-20 Argentina national teams. He is on loan until January 2020 from Superliga Argentina.
Carranza, also 19, joins the team via transfer from Banfield. Carranza joined Banfield’s academy in Buenos Aires at the age of 13. In his two seasons of playing with the First Team, he has scored 10 goals in 30 matches. He has also trained with the Argentina U-17 national team and has made an appearance in the 2017 South American U-17 championship.
Miami’s sporting director Paul McDonough stated that “It’s important for us that we found young, exciting attacking players that are on the upside of their career and have the potential to be really good players in this league.” He went on to say, “We will continue to build and add quality players that are the right fit for our club.” He went on to say that the team wanted to start with youth but that it’s important to get veteran players to balance out the team and that “[b]oth Julian and Matias showed us they really wanted to take the next step of their career with Inter Miami CF.”
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