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Inter Miami CF gains No.1 pick in 2019 MLS Expansion Draft

Inter Miami CF also gains No. 1 pick in 2020 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas and No. 2 in Allocation Ranking


NEW YORK (October 6, 2019) – Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami gains the No. 1 pick in the 2019 MLS Expansion Draft, the Club announced today.   

Managing Owner Jorge Mas with Sporting Director Paul McDonough joined Nashville SC CEO Ian Ayre with General Manager Mike Jacobs to select priorities in the five available player acquisition mechanisms during the MLS Priority Expansion Draft on Sunday afternoon in midtown Manhattan. The draft kicked off an intense final day of the regular MLS season on’s “Matchday Central: Decision Day presented by AT&T Pregame Show.”


With this draft in place, both clubs are strategically positioned to make key roster-building moves following their first official league event ahead of the 2020 season.  


"We had a great result today winning the No. 1 pick for the Expansion Draft putting us in a position to plan how to move forward with our roster building,” said McDonough. “We now know we control the Expansion Draft and can strategically look at different talents within the league who could provide the leadership, character and support we want at Inter Miami.”  


An opening coin toss awarded Inter Miami with the first pick, which was used to select the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 Expansion Draft on Nov. 19. With the second selection, Nashville took the No. 1 ranking in the Allocation Order. The two clubs alternated subsequent picks until all five roster-building mechanisms were selected. 


MLS Expansion Priority Draft Results in selection order: 


  1. No.1 pick in 2019 MLS Expansion Draft: Inter Miami CF No. 1, Nashville SC No. 2 

  1. No.1 position in Allocation Ranking Order: Nashville SC No. 1, Inter Miami CF No. 2 

  1. No.1 pick in 2020 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas: Inter Miami CF No. 1, Nashville SC No. 2 

  1. Penultimate position in MLS Re-Entry and End-of-Year Waiver Order: Nashville SC No. 25, Inter Miami CF No. 26 

  1. Penultimate position in Discovery Player Ranking: Inter Miami CF No. 25, Nashville SC No. 26 


The momentum for Inter Miami to strengthen its inaugural MLS rosters continues on Nov. 19 with the 2019 MLS Expansion Draft, where the debutants will then have an opportunity to select up to five current players from other MLS teams. Each current MLS team may protect up to 12 rostered players (11 in previous years) from inclusion on the eligible players list. 


The complete list of players eligible for selection in the 2019 MLS Expansion Draft will be released on Saturday, November 16. 


Exempt clubs with players selected by FC Cincinnati in the 2018 Expansion Draft are D.C. United, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, FC Dallas, the Houston Dynamo, and the New York Red Bulls. 


The official date for the 2020 MLS SuperDraft will be announced at a later date.