(C) Inter Miami
While we wait for more players to join the roster, lets get to know more about the individuals that will be in charge of putting together a competitive team. Today, focus on Inter Miami CF’s Sporting Director: Paul McDonough
So far, Inter Miami CF presidents are delivering on their promises of building the best MLS team by January 2020. We have seen and expressed our enthusiasm for the first 3 players Mattias Pelegrini, Julian Carranza and Christian Makoun.
However, in order to create the right osmosis, the technical team is key. IMCF has apparently understood it by placing Paul McDonough as their Sporting Director.
Former Vice president of the Atlanta United – a reference in terms of youth players post-formation and roster – McDonough comes with a very long list of clubs and has been progressing as one of the best in the business when it comes to the Eastern conference league. The simple fact that he listened, understood and then joined the IMCF project is a very clear indication that the project is strong and ambitious.
Born in Marshfield, Massachusetts, he reached the NSCAA national semifinals as a player, then moved to South Carolina Spartanburg, where he won the NCAA Tournament berth back to back (1993/94).
“From Assistant Coach to player’s agent…”
As early as 1998, Paul started learning the coaching ropes for over 3 years as the assistant coach for Winston Salem’s (NC) team of Wake Forrest University, followed by nearly 2 years at South Carolina Athletics, Colombia, still as an assistant coach, until perfecting his formation for 6 years with UCONN Athletics (CT).
After a decade on the field, McDonough started a new career as agent, first with Santio + Entertainment, back in North Carolina, then as a Director of Global Soccer for the Wasserman Media Group, representing players such as Juan Agudelo (US International), Darren Mattocks (Jamaican International), Brek Shea (US International), Teal Bunbury (US International), Zach Loyd (US International), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Dax McCarty (NY Red Bulls), Ryan Meara (NY Red Bulls), Tony Cascio (Colorado Rapids), Wil Trapp (US u-20), JJ Johnson (Jamaican International).
“… to MLS Executive”
In 2014, McDonough joins the Orlando City SC as a Senior VP of Soccer Operations. For more than 2 years, he is already part of his club’s expansion to become the twenty-first MLS franchise in 2005. A singular experience that gives him a great advantage in helping IMCF transition properly. At ease on the field, with the players and the executives that make an MLS organization. After a full MLS year, it’s time for his next challenge and in 2016, he was hired by Atlanta United and became it’s Vice president.
When we see the evolution of Atlanta and their recent domination in the Easterside of the MLS, we can’t help but connect it to Paul and are glad to have those level of skilled individuals leading Inter Miami CF to success as fast as possible.
More about the team and their background soon!