After just six months after leaving Atlanta United for Liga MX side Club Tijuana, center back Leandro Gonzalez Pirez is coming back to the MLS to join Inter Miami CF, according to The Athletic’s Paul Tenorio.
Gonzalez Pirez was one of Atlanta United’s top players during their first three seasons, starting 95 matches, winning the MLS Cup, U.S. Open Cup, and Campeones Cup.
He appeared in 14 matches with Xolos before the Liga MX season was suspended and ultimately canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The 28-year-old reunites with Inter Miami’s Sporting Director Paul McDonough, who was Atlanta’s Vice President during his time there.
Gonzalez Pirez had a salary of $810,000 last year in Atlanta, and his new deal at Inter Miami is likely to be in the same range. González Pirez will hit the cap above the league’s maximum budget charge of $612,500 and below the maximum TAM threshold of $1.6125 million.
He joins an already talented backline including fellow Argentine Nico Figal, two-time MLS Cup champion Roman Torres, and 20-year-old Colombian Andres Reyes.
Inter Miami is 0-2 heading into the MLS Is Back Tournament opener versus Orlando City SC on July 8 in Orlando.