It’s not clear when, or if, Miami’s franchise will begin play. The franchise, led by David Beckham, had had numerous issues over several years securing land to build a stadium.
“Paul is the first hire for our club, and his appointment marks the real start of our journey in building not only the team but also the team spirit of Miami MLS,” Beckham told the Miami Herald. “Paul’s soccer experience is world-class, and he will help us to create a globally recognized team that we can all be proud of.”
McDonough is the second front-office member to leave Atlanta United for what would be considered a promotion. Ann Rodriguez, formerly vice president, left to join the WNBA as a senior vice president in July 2017.
“We’re proud of the club we’ve assembled in such a short period of time, both on-and-off the field, and I think it speaks volumes about Atlanta United to have our personnel selected to further advance their respective careers in executive positions,” Eales said. “We never want to lose great people, but we understand that it’s the nature of the business, and we will continue to be supportive of our staff when they are presented with opportunities to advance.”