Inter Miami drafts Ryan Sailor, adds Diop, loses Shawcross


Inter Miami selected University of Washington center-back Ryan Sailor with the MLS SuperDraft No.9 pick on Jan.11, 2022.

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It was a busy Tuesday at the Inter Miami front office, highlighted by the selection of University of Washington All-American center-back Ryan Sailor with the ninth pick in the MLS SuperDraft.

With the departures of Leandro Gonzalez Pirez at River Plate and Christian Makoun at Charlotte FC, the retirement of Ryan Shawcross on Tuesday and the awaited trade of Nico Figal at Boca Juniors, Inter Miami need depth on the back line. .

Sailor, who is 6-4, said he hopes to make an immediate impact. He adds another great defender, joining Aime Mabika 6-6, who was selected in last year’s draft and is expected to be promoted to the first team after spending most of last season with the USL Fort Lauderdale team.

Christopher McVey, a 6-4 Swedish-American defender who plays for Elfsborg in Sweden, is also set to sign with the club, sources say.

“I’m super excited to get there, I’ve never been to Miami,” Sailor said in an interview with Zoom. “Miami is a big football city and the team has a lot of buzz and that excites me.”

Sailor was dressed in a dark suit, perfect for a team co-owned by David Beckham. He is known for his leadership and work ethic and is a good target in the air. After a slow start to his academic career, the political science major has become one of the country’s best defenders. He scored six goals last season and four the year before.

Inter Miami sporting director Chris Henderson is from the Seattle Sounders and knows the UW program pretty well, so he knows what he’s getting.

Later in the day in the second round, the club selected University of Washington forward Lucas Meek (37th overall pick), Loyola University Maryland midfielder Justin Ingram (48th overall) and midfielder Cornell University midfielder Tyler Bagley (54th overall).

The day started with the signing of goalkeeper Clément Diop for a contract until 2022 with an option for 2023. Diop, 28, is no stranger to the team and will be an experienced replacement for starter Nick Marsman. He trained with Inter Miami for much of 2021 after playing for CF Montreal for three and a half seasons.

Also on Tuesday, Shawcross announced his retirement after an accomplished 16-year career that ended in a back injury midway through last season. The club and Shawcross have mutually agreed to terminate their contract agreement.

“After having had the chance to enjoy a 16-year playing career, being part of top organizations like Inter Miami, Stoke City and Manchester United, I would like to announce my retirement from professional football,” wrote Shawcross, 34 year. in a report.

“Despite stopping my playing career due to injury, my passion for the game is still intact, and after obtaining my coaching licenses, I look forward to pursuing a coaching career. I want to thank Chris Henderson, Phil Neville and the whole organization and the Inter Miami CF fans for the opportunity they gave me to come here. I really enjoyed the experience and being a part of this amazing project. I would also like to thank the Stoke City fans for their support, and finally, thank my wife and children for being a pillar throughout my life. I can’t wait to see what comes next as I pursue a career as a coach.

After signing for the club on February 20, 2021, Shawcross made 12 appearances and started nine games before suffering a back injury ending the season in August.

Shawcross has played 400 games for Stoke City and has been the team’s captain since 2010. The center-back is in the top 10 all-time appearances for the English club and has scored 25 goals and had 16 assists for the team.

“The club would like to congratulate Ryan on his accomplished career and on his time at Inter Miami CF as a player. Despite injuries that keep us from getting the best out of Ryan on the pitch, he has contributed significantly to the club outside of it. We wish him the best in his next step as a coach, ”said Chris Henderson, sporting director and sporting director of Inter Miami.

Diop adds MLS experience to an Inter Miami squad undergoing a huge reshuffle. He started 30 regular season games for Montreal and played two seasons for the LA Galaxy.

“Clement is a seasoned professional and we have seen his talent firsthand as he has been training with Inter Miami since September. We are pleased that he has officially joined the team and added to our already strong goalkeeper squad, ”said sporting director and sporting director Chris Henderson.

Training camp begins Jan. 17 and the season opener is Feb. 26 at home against the Chicago Fire.

This story was originally published January 11, 2022 9:07 am.

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Miami Herald sports writer Michelle Kaufman has covered 14 Olympics, six World Cups, Wimbledon, the US Open, NCAA basketball tournaments, NBA playoffs, Super Bowls and has been University of Miami football and basketball writer for 25 years. She was born in Frederick, Maryland, and raised in Miami.