Ryan Shawcross indicators with Inter Miami CF upon departing Stoke City

TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Signing

Inter Miami CF have bolstered their backline forward of the 2021 MLS season by signing center back Ryan Shawcross because the longtime Stoke City captain departs England, it was introduced Saturday. The 33-year-old joins on a free switch and will occupy an international roster slot, pending a bodily and receipt of his International Transfer Certificates (ITC) and P-1 Visa.

Shawcross ought to bring a veteran presence to Inter Miami’s defense heading into head coach Phil Neville’s first year on the helm. Shawcross is among the many top 10 in all-time appearances for Stoke City (over 400), plus tallied 25 goals and 16 assists for the membership. He was integral to Stoke City’s Premier League stay from 2008-18, then remained key to their promotion hopes within the Championship.

“Ryan suits the Inter Miami DNA due to his expertise and his longevity at a membership,” Chris Henderson, Inter Miami CF chief soccer officer and sporting director, said in a launch. “He’s going to have the ability to come right here and be a leader, not solely on the field, however his management can be seen with the young players and players coming via. He’s bodily dominant, his feet are good, his vary of passing is sweet and we expect he’s going to be a great addition to our backline.

“Including one other central defender was essential for our group and we need to create competition at each place. That’s the goal, to have the ability to go out day by day and the players are combating for his or her spot. That can assist the team as an entire. That’s Phil’s imaginative and prescient to have competition.”

Shawcross has earned one cap for England’s national team, plus got here via Manchester United’s academy as Neville’s own enjoying tenure with the Red Devils wound down. Shawcross additionally overlapped with new Inter Miami teammate Brek Shea at Stoke City from 2013-14.

Shawcross joins a center-back corps that already contains Nicolas Figal and Leandro Gonzalez Pirez. As an enlargement membership in 2020, Inter Miami earned the last Jap Conference spot (No. 10 seed) within the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs.

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