Lions add Car­los on 1-year loan

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORTS TUESDAY - By Ju­lia Poe

Or­lando City has signed de­fender An­tônio Car­los Cunha Capoc­asali Júnior ahead of the 2020 MLS sea­son.

The Lions ac­quired Car­los on a oneyear loan with an op­tion to buy at the end of the 2020 sea­son. He re­mains el­i­gi­ble for Tar­get Al­lo­ca­tion Money, and the club will wait un­til the ros­ter com­pli­ance pe­riod to de­ter­mine whether he will be moved into a des­ig­nated player slot.

“We are thrilled to wel­come An­tônio Car­los to Or­lando City,” Or­lando City executive vice pres­i­dent of soccer oper­a­tions Luiz Muzzi said in a news re­lease. “He is an ex­pe­ri­enced cen­ter back, hav­ing played many sea­sons in Brazil’s topflight, that brings both speed and a great abil­ity in the air to our back line.

We are very happy to make this move ahead of the new year and are ex­cited to see all that An­tônio Car­los will ac­com­plish in 2020.”

The de­fender could serve as an an­swer to one of the big­gest ques­tions for the Lions this off­sea­son: Who will fill the space of Lamine Sané? Sané served along­side Robin Jans­son as the sec­ond half of a cen­ter back duo that set records for the Or­lando City back line on the way to a club-low 52 goals al­lowed in 2019.

De­spite Sané’s im­pact, his $900,000 con­tract weighed on the club’s salary cap, and the Lions de­clined his op­tion and did not rene­go­ti­ate his con­tract for the 2020 sea­son.

Car­los has spent the last three years in the Brazil­ian Série A league, most re­cently rep­re­sent­ing Palmeiras in 56 matches since his loan to the club in July 2017. He had a goal and an as­sist for the team over 22 ap­pear­ances in 2018, lead­ing Palme­rias to a league ti­tle.

He played in 12 matches for the Palmeiras in 2019.

Be­fore join­ing Palmeiras, Car­los served on loan for Avaí and Fla­mengo, and for Série B club Ponte Preta, net­ting two goals over 43 ap­pear­ances for the three pro­grams. He be­gan his ca­reer with Corinthian­s in 2012, ap­pear­ing in three matches be­fore go­ing on loan to Oeste in Série B in 2013 and Avaí in 2014.

In­ter Mi­ami hires coach: David Beck­ham’s new MLS team fi­nally has its first coach, with In­ter Mi­ami hir­ing Diego Alonso. The Uruguayan, who has coached two dif­fer­ent teams to CON­CA­CAF Cham­pi­ons League ti­tles, of­fi­cially took over Mon­day as the inau­gu­ral man­ager of Beck­ham’s club. He was an at­tacker as a player and prefers the same scor­ing-minded style as a coach.

“We knew we would find a coach that matches our as­pi­ra­tions of try­ing to be suc­cess­ful right out of the gate,” In­ter Mi­ami sport­ing director Paul McDonough said. “What we re­ally like about him is he’s coached at big clubs and he’s won at big tour­na­ments. He’s won at all dif­fer­ent levels through­out South Amer­ica.”

Alonso said after he went through his first in­ter­view with In­ter Mi­ami of­fi­cials, he knew the job was right for him.

“It’s an am­bi­tious and a win­ning pro­ject,” Alonso told the As­so­ci­ated Press. “That’s what I’m all about.”

Alonso won’t have long to get set­tled. In­ter Mi­ami — with Beck­ham a lead­ing part of the own­er­ship and front of­fice — will gather for its first prac­tices in Jan­uary, has pre­sea­son matches in Fe­bru­ary and makes its MLS de­but on March 1 at Los Angeles FC. The home opener at the team’s newly con­structed home in Fort Lauderdale is March 14 against the LA Galaxy.

“I’m very ex­cited,” Alonso said. “I know this league very well. I know the chal­lenge.”

Alonso was most re­cently coach of the Mex­i­can club Mon­ter­rey, which had suc­cess against MLS sides dur­ing its run to the 2019 CON­CA­CAF Cham­pi­ons League ti­tle. It beat At­lanta United by a 3-1 two-game ag­gre­gate in the quar­ter­fi­nals, then rolled past Sport­ing Kansas City by a 10-2 ag­gre­gate in the semi­fi­nals.

He’s the only coach to win that CON­CA­CAF tour­na­ment with two dif­fer­ent clubs.

The 44-year-old Alonso spent part of the last two years with Mon­ter­rey be­fore be­ing fired in Septem­ber. Be­fore that, he was with the Mex­i­can club Pachura — also taking it to a CON­CA­CAF Cham­pi­ons League crown, and again hav­ing suc­cess against MLS clubs.


In­ter Mi­ami has hired Diego Alonso, a Uruguayan who has coached two dif­fer­ent teams to CON­CA­CAF Cham­pi­ons League ti­tles, to serve as the ex­pan­sion club’s first head coach.

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