What’s Next For Inter Miami Now That An International Defender Is Moving Away?

In a pre-New Year’s move, Inter Miami has reportedly traded away one of its experienced defenders for a load of cash and an international slot.

Inter Miami defender Kamal Miller has reportedly been sent to Portland in exchange for General Allocation Money.
Inter Miami defender Kamal Miller has reportedly been sent to Portland in exchange for General Allocation Money. / Steve Limentani/ISI Photos/GettyImages
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What This Means For Inter Miami’s Roster

First and foremost, Portland got a steal in this deal.

To pay just $625,000 up front and an international roster slot is a bargain for a player like Miller who can come in and inject strength in a defense that was already pretty weak.

If you toss in the add-on of $125,000 in GAM and $750,000 is still a pretty good bargain for Miller.

It also makes sense if you consider that Portland just hired former Inter Miami manager Phil Neville as its new manager.

That gives an instant connection between Miller and the squad.

For Inter Miami, the only thing I can think is that they have some bigger defensive signings coming on the horizon.

The problem is that the two biggest rumors out there right now for the Herons are Cristian Medina and Julian Gressel — both midfielders.

The MLS Super Draft didn’t yield anything in terms of defenders for Inter Miami as all four players they picked were either forwards or midfielders.

That leads me to believe that there is something bigger in the pipeline for the Herons during the upcoming transfer window.

Even with players like Tomas Aviles on-line to gain more minutes on the backline for Inter Miami, the squad still needs at least one (and likely two) strong defenders to better round out the side — especially since Miller is now gone.

This could be the start of a very big transfer window for Inter Miami. Miller being traded away could be the first domino to fall.