“We Can Go Create Our History” – Dean Smith’s Expectations For The 2024 MLS Season

Written by Patrick Echatah

On Monday, Charlotte FC unveiled Dean Smith as their third head coach in their short existence, and the Englishman did not hold back from having high hopes for his new position.

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“If I sat here and said I have come to do anything but win MLS Cup, I shouldn’t be hired,” Smith told a room full of journalists at Atrium Health Performance Park, CLTFC’s training facility.

“The role is for anybody to be as ambitious as possible and my ambitions are to bring the MLS trophy here. Whether that be the next year, the year after that, that’s my ambition and the players will know that as soon as they get here.”

In their second season of competition, The Crown made it to the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, securing the ninth and final spot in the Eastern Conference in the closing weeks of the season to achieve a significant first for any expansion team.

However, the difficult route they took to get there and their brief postseason appearance (the New York Red Bulls crushed them 5-2 in the Wild Card round), along with the opinions of owner David Tepper, sporting director Zoran Krneta, and other CLT decision-makers, persuaded them to part ways with former head coach Christian Lattanzio.

“I think that sets a bar already,” said Smith, a defender in his professional playing days who managed Walsall and Brentford in England’s lower divisions before drawing attention by leading Aston Villa from the English Championship back into the Premier League in 2019.

“My job is to develop players. If I develop the players, then the team develops, and if the team develops then we start winning football games, soccer games, and we get into the upper echelons of the regular-season league. That’s what we need to do.”

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We are now seeing the development of Inter Miami, which will be a power in the league at the start of the next season.

Inter Miami CF’s head coach, Gerardo “Tata” Martino, has declared that the Club is once again interested in bringing in former teammate Luis Suárez during the upcoming winter transfer window.

Martino stated that the team is still interested in signing the 36-year-old Uruguayan during a press conference the day before Miami’s final MLS home game, which ended in a 2-2 draw with Charlotte FC.


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