Inter Miami holds first full squad training session in club history
The Major League Soccer teams who are not participating in the CONCACAF Champions League hit the training pitch on Monday. Florida’s two MLS teams were among them.
In South Florida, it was a historic day. Inter Miami held its first training session. The expansion side held training in Miami Shores.
Inter Miami goalkeeper Luis Robles, who enters his ninth MLS season, was excited to be among the men who put on the black and pink on the campus of Barry University on Monday.
“It’s almost like the first day of school,” said Robles, who has made 238 appearances in MLS and is eighth in league history with 72 clean sheets. “I think everyone is really excited to be on the field.”
Inter Miami’s preparation for its first MLS season will take the expansion club across the Sunshine State. From Miami Shores, it will train in Port St. Lucie, then to Bradenton, back to the Inter Miami Training Complex in Fort Lauderdale on Feb 7, then a period in St. Petersburg where it will face the Philadelphia Union and Tampa Bay Rowdies in exhibition matches.
Three hours to the north, Orlando City also held its first day of training. The Lions are preparing for their sixth MLS season, but first under manager Óscar Pareja.
The Lions will spend more than a week in Mexico, training at altitude and holding a pair of exhibition matches.