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Breaking down Inter Miami’s expansion draft: speedy fullbacks and more

Miami’s roster looks a little clearer with the addition of pacy fullbacks and a playmaker.

Inter Miami was the least active of the two expansion teams during Tuesday’s festivities. 

Before the Expansion Draft, the Floridian side added a few promising playmakers from South America and acquired a few players through trades within Major League Soccer. 

With its five picks, Miami added a pair of veteran fullbacks, a midfielder playmaker and depth in the middle of the park and at goalkeeper. 

Below is a breakdown of Inter Miami’s transactions from Tuesday. 

Expansion Draft Picks

  1. Ben Sweat, D, New York City FC 
  2. Alvas Powell, D, FC Cincinnati
  3. Lee Nguyen, M, Los Angeles FC 
  4. Luis Argudo, M, Columbus Crew
  5. Bryan Meredith, GK, Seattle Sounders 

Trades 

Traded $150,000 in General Allocation Money to FC Cincinnati for the No. 3 overall pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft. 

Analysis 

The selections of Ben Sweat and Alvas Powell showed a clear direction of the technical staff to bring in full backs. 

With Sweat at left back and Powell at right back, Miami has two of its 11 starters in place with experience at a position that can be tough to find consistency league wide. 

Sweat played in 72 games over three seasons with New York City FC, while Powell is a back-to-back expansion draft selection. The Jamaican played only made 13 appearances in his lone season with FC Cincinnati.

Powell has title-winning experience from his time with the Portland Timbers, when he was once considered one of the top right backs in the league. 

The addition of Lee Nguyen is intriguing since the 33-year-old did not play much over his two seasons with Los Angeles FC.

Entering the 2020 campaign, Nguyen will be two seasons removed from his 11-goal, 15-assist campaign with the New England Revolution.

Nguyen could still provide depth in the middle of the park, and he could be a reliable option off the bench that helps younger players like Matias Pellegrini and Julian Carranza acclimate to the league. 

The addition of Luis Argudo follows an acquisition trend of fringe players at their former clubs. Jay Chapman, Victor Ulloa and Grant Lillard were brought in over the last two weeks. 

Argudo played in 21 games in 2018 for the Columbus Crew and earned a goal and three assists. He could be a solid depth option in that area of the field. 

Bryan Meredith seems like an odd choice give the other goalkeepers that were available, like Tyler Miller and Brian Rowe. 

The 30-year-old goalkeeper has played once since 2014, so he is likely a backup option for whomever Miami signs to reside between the sticks. 

Current Roster

GK: Bryan Meredith

DEF: Grant Lillard, Christian Makoun, Ben Sweat, Alvas Powell

MID: Lee Nguyen, Luis Argudo, George Acosta, Jay Chapman, David Norman Jr., Matias Pellegrini, Victor Ulloa.

FW: Julian Carranza, Jerome Kiesewetter 

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