Key additions: Jean Mota, DeAndre Yedlin, Damion Lowe, Leonardo Campana, Emerson Rodriguez
Key departures: Blaise Matuidi, Rodolfo Pizarro, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Nico Figal, Julian Carranza, Lewis Morgan, Christian Makoun
Welp, where to start? Outings make sense.
*deep breath* Miami went from 17 (!) players this offseason, most of whom were their most expensive players of 2020. That includes two DPs and a handful who made more than the senior max load.
Rodolfo Pizarro was loaned to Monterrey and also… Blaise Matuidi was bought out (and now club ambassador), Leandro Gonzalez Pirez was loaned to River Plate, Nico Figal was transferred to Boca Juniors, Julian Carranza was loaned to Philadelphia, Lewis Morgan was traded to RBNY, Christian Makoun was traded to Charlotte and Ryan Shawcross retired.
One of the most comprehensive single-window takedowns in league history.
Phil Neville’s Week 1 starting XI included eight (!) players who weren’t on the roster last year. Nine if you include Jairo Quinteros, who spent the last year on loan in Bolivia. Two of the three replacements were also new players, so 11 of the 14 players who played for Miami on Saturday weren’t on the roster last year. Madness.
As Tom said, this is one of the biggest takedowns in league history. Everything they’ve done so far seems sane and even smart to me, although obviously with such turnover you have to wait quite a while before making a final judgment.
I think my only real complaint is that they haven’t found a way to loan out Pizarro and freeing up the DP slot, which knocked them down a letter grade in my opinion.