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Luis Robles and Andres Reyes among 8 who may not return to Inter Miami

Inter Miami CF could face major roster changes in the offseason after a disappointing inaugural season.

The club have declined eight contract options for the 2021 season, including starting captain and goalkeeper Luis Robles and starting centre-back Andrés Reyes, who spent the 2020 season on a one-year loan with the soccer club’s Inter Miami Colombian Atlético Nacional.

Mikey Ambrose, Juan Agudelo, Jerome Kiesewetter, David Norman Jr., Alvas Powell and Denso Ulysses were the other six players whose contract options for the 2021 season were turned down by the club.

AJ DeLaGarza, Federico Higuaín, Brek Shea and Wil Trapp also find themselves without a contract ahead of the team’s 2021 offseason.

The only player whose contract option was exercised for the 2021 season was John McCarthy, who started as a goalkeeper for Inter Miami’s last eight games after Robles suffered a broken left arm ending his career. the season at the beginning of October.

Inter Miami enters the offseason with 18 players on the roster, including Jairo Quinteros. The Bolivian defender, acquired by Inter Miami in February, will spend the rest of 2020 on loan with Bolivian soccer team Club Bolivar.

Here is a breakdown of who is under contract with Inter Miami ahead of the offseason:

Guardians: Drake Callender, McCarthy.

Defenders: Nico Figal, Leandro González Pirez, Christian Makoun, Dylan Nealis, Ben Sweat, Quinteros.

Midfielders: George Acosta, Jay Chapman, Blaise Matuidi, Lewis Morgan, Matías Pellegrini, Rodolfo Pizarro, Victor Ulloa.

Forwards: Julian Carranza, Gonzalo Higuain, Robbie Robinson.

Inter Miami’s roster decisions come as no surprise after falling short of preseason expectations. They finished in 10th place in the 14-team Eastern Conference and were knocked out of the MLS Cup playoffs by expansion side Nashville SC in a 3–0 loss.

The club will seek to create a clearer identity after adding important players – González Pirez in July, Matuidi in September and Gonzalo Higuaín in October – throughout the 2020 season. Eight of the 12 players who are no longer under contract with the Inter Miami joined the team before Diego Alonso was officially hired as the team’s coach on December 30.

Inter Miami said “conversations regarding the return of certain players, including defender Andrés Reyes, are ongoing.”

Paul McDonough, the club’s sporting director and chief operating officer, was not made available for comment after the club’s line-up decisions were announced and has not been since the end of the season.

Thursday’s roster changes kick off what will be a busy offseason for Inter Miami.

Other key offseason dates in December include:

December 13: After a 45-day roster freeze, teams will be able to trade players within five hours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Clubs will not be allowed to sign and/or trade players until the end of the 2020 expansion draft on December 21. 15.

December 15: Austin FC, which will play in MLS from the 2021 season, will be able to select up to five players from other teams in the 2020 expansion draft. Inter Miami will be one of 16 teams including Austin FC may select players. The 16 teams will be allowed to protect 12 players from their rosters.

December 16: The free agency and year-end waiver process begins on the same day. Players who are at least 24 years old, have five years of MLS experience and are not under contract with a club will be eligible for free agency. Players who are not under contract for 2021 and do not meet the re-entry draft or free agency requirements will be eligible for selection through the waiver process.