Inter Miami 2023 MLS season preview: Tactics, predicted XI, predictions

Inter Miami took a big step forward in 2022 and will be looking to carry that momentum into the new campaign.

The Herons climbed to sixth in the Eastern Conference under Phil Neville, returning to the MLS Cup Playoffs after a year out in 2021.

Having strengthened in a number of key areas, Miami will be confident they can not only repeat the feat this time around, but perhaps go one better by finishing higher up in the East and winning a Playoffs game or two.

So, here’s everything you need to know about Inter Miami ahead of the new MLS season, including tactics, key players, and predictions.

Transfers in


Former Club


Leonardo Campana



Nicolas Stefanelli



Jake LaCava

St. Louis CITY SC


Josef Martinez

Atlanta United

Free transfer

Sergiy Kryvtsov

Shakhtar Donetsk

Free transfer

Franco Negri

Godoy Cruz

Free transfer

Cole Jensen

X. Musketeers


Transfers out


Club Joined


Damion Lowe

Philadelphia Union


Alejandro Pozuelo


Free transfer

Emerson Rodriguez

Santos Laguna


Gonzalo Higuain


Blaise Matuidi


Joevin Jones


Brek Shea


George Acosta


Indiana Vassilev

Aston Villa

End of loan

It wasn’t until midway through 2022 that Neville finally found his best formula with Inter Miami, with the addition of Alejandro Pozuelo unlocking Gonzalo Higuain and allowing the Herons to crush teams with their fluid 4-2-3-1 shape.

Unfortunately, both Pozuelo and Higuain are gone but in their place are the likes of Atlanta United legend Josef Martinez and the now-permanently signed Leonardo Campana. There’s also the return of Rodolfo Pizarro to consider following his loan back in Mexico last year.

The make-up of this roster looks perfect for a 4-4-2 diamond – which Neville used last season at times – with two strikers playing off each other, Pizarro pulling the strings behind, and attacking full-backs, all protected by a solid central platform. Inter Miami could be real fun this year.

Inter Miami predicted XI (4-1-2-1-2): Callender; Yedlin, Kryvtsov, Sailor, Negri; Gregore; Duke, Mota; Pizarro; Martinez, Campana.

Campana returns following a successful loan.

Campana returns following a successful loan. / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Leonardo Campana

Returning permanently following a very promising loan from Premier League side Wolves, Leonardo Campana will carry plenty of responsibility up-front for Inter Miami.

The Ecuador international had to be patient for his chances due to the form of Gonzalo Higuain, but still managed a healthy 12 goals in 28 appearances across all competitions.

Of course, Higuain is now retired, so Campana will have the opportunity to lead the line on a much more regular basis, with his goals set to dictate how Inter Miami’s season pans out.

Campana will, of course, be helped by none other than Josef Martinez, who arrives following an incredible, iconic spell with Atlanta United.

There’s plenty of change in Fort Lauderdale with some of the big signings Inter Miami have made, alongside the likes of Higuain, Pozuelo, and Damion Lowe departing.

However, in the likes of Campana, Gregore, and DeAndre Yedlin, the Herons have a very strong core of quality players who can hang with the best in MLS. That’s without mentioning Martinez who, though not as mobile as he once was, remains the most lethal finisher in the league.

As long as the new additions – and returning Pizarro – fit in quickly, there’s no reason to suggest Inter Miami can’t improve on a promising 2022 return.

Will Inter Miami qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs? Yes