Miami FC took steps in transitioning from an abstract idea to an actual team last night when they unveiled the kits for their inaugural season, along with their first official player announcements.
There was plenty of interest around the league in what the kits might look like and the new club did not disappoint.
But, of just as much importance, were the newly announced players for the team.
Wilson Palacios is the obvious headliner as the Honduran international leaves England, where he’s played since 2007. The 31-year-old defensive midfielder most recently played for Stoke in the EPL and will be looked to as a leader on the club with the wealth of experience that he brings.
Another announced signing was Jaime Chavez, formerly of the Atlanta Silverbacks. The 28-year-old forward had only a goal and an assist in the spring, but finished a strong fall with six more of each. With the nine goals that he scored for Atlanta in 2014, he could be seen as a primary source of offense with his NASL experience, depending on future signings.
The final announcement was former Indy 11 forward, Dane Richards. The Jamaican international, on loan from the Red Bulls to Indy last season, joins the new club after his release from New York. While only notching three goals last season, his contributions mostly come from his formidable speed which gave defenders headaches and could allow him to be a pest in 2016.
More player announcements for Miami FC should arrive any day now. Head coach Alessandro Nesta has previously disclosed that he has ten players. Defender Brad Rusin, who spent 2014 with the Scorpions and Rowdies, had announced in an Instagram post that he was joining the Miami side, although no official announcement has arrived from the club yet.