Inter Miami CF Acquires 2020 MLS MVP Alejandro Pozuelo

InterMiami CF announced today that 2020 Landon Donovan MVP Award winner and two-time MLS Best XI winner Alejandro Pozuelo has acquired Alejandro Pozuelo from Toronto FC. The Spanish attacking midfielder will take a place on the international roster and a player-designated spot for the club. In return, Inter Miami will send $75,000 in 2022 General Allocation Money (GAM) and $75,000 in 2023 GAM to Toronto FC.

Pozuelo will join the team until he receives his P-1 visa.

“We are delighted to welcome a player of Alejandro’s caliber. He has proven to be one of the league’s greatest talents and we’re confident that will continue to be the case here in South Florida,” said Chief Soccer Officer and Sporting Director Chris Henderson. “We were looking for a decisive, creative attacking player and we think he fits the profile.”

Pozuelo has played in MLS for over three seasons and first joined Toronto in March 2019. The Spaniard has played a total of 88 regular-season games for the team, including 81 starts, and has recorded 26 goals and 31 assists during that time. He has also played in five playoff games for the team, recording two goals and three assists.

“We think Alejandro will fit right into our group. He’s a tremendous quality player who we believe can be a real game changer for us,” said head coach Phil Neville. “We can’t wait to add him to the squad and look forward to seeing him on the pitch in Inter Miami colors.”

In Pozuelo’s first season with Toronto, the midfielder recorded an impressive 12 goals and 12 assists in 30 regular-season games, earning him an MLS Best XI award. He also helped lead the team to the MLS Cup Finals, starting all four playoff games in 2019, totaling two goals and three assists before finishing runners-up.

The midfielder followed up a stellar introductory season into MLS with another stellar season. In 2020, Pozuelo started all of Toronto’s 23 regular-season games in the shortened season, scoring nine goals and providing 10 assists. Not only was his performance good enough for a re-appearance on the MLS Best XI list, but it also earned him the 2020 Landon Donovan MVP Award.

Pozuelo then totaled five goals in 19 games in 2021. So far this season he has recorded an impressive four goals and five assists in just 15 games, all from the start.

Before joining MLS, Pozuelo played for KRC Genk in Belgium’s First Division A (2015–2019), Rayo Vallecano in Spain’s LaLiga (2014–2015), Swansea City in the English Premier League (2013–2014) and Real Betis in LaLiga (2011-2013) and Real Betis B in the Spanish Segunda División B (2010-2012).

Pozuelo made 177 appearances for Genk, recording 25 goals and 60 assists. During that time he made 28 appearances in the UEFA Europa League, scoring three goals and providing 14 assists.

In his only season with Rayo Vallecano, Pozuelo made 13 appearances and scored one goal. In his only season with Swansea City, he made 36 appearances with two goals and six assists, including two games and one goal in UEFA Europa League qualifying.

The Andalusian native of Seville began his career at his hometown club Real Betis, where he rose through the youth ranks before breaking through at professional level. He made his debut for Real Betis B in Spain’s Segunda División B, where he made 44 appearances and scored 16 goals for the team. The midfielder then made his first team debut for the club in October 2011 after which he made 33 appearances for Real Betis, scoring three goals and adding two assists.

As part of the swap, Toronto FC will retain a sales quota in the event of a future permanent non-MLS transfer / swap within the midfielder. Inter Miami will also send additional conditional GAM if Pozuelo meets certain performance-based incentives.

Single tickets for each remaining regular season home game in the Inter Miami CF schedule are available at https://www.intermiamicf.com/tickets/single. Fans can also call 305-428-0611 to find out more.

Pronunciation: po-zoo-eh-low

Place of birth: Seville, Spain

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