Miami FC Ink Honduran International Wilson Palacios, Ex-Silverback Chavez

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by JAKE NUTTING

Miami FC is aiming to make a splash in its inaugural season.

At a jersey unveiling ceremony Thursday night, the expansion side revealed its first batch of signings that included former Premier League midfielder Wilson Palacios, speedy Jamaican Dane Richards, and ex-Atlanta Silverbacks forward Jaime Chavez.

Palacios will undoubtedly draw the most attention. The 31-year-old spent the past five years at Stoke City, but his best days in England were at Tottenham Hotspur where he played an integral part in the club’s run to the Quarterfinals of the 2010-2011 UEFA Champions League.

The defensive midfielder also has the distinction of being one of the most high profile players for the Honduran national team over the past decade. Palacios represented his home country in both the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups.

The acquisition of Palacios is a definite indication of the strong aspirations Miami has when it comes to building an attractive roster to entice the stereotypically fickle South Florida market. On the other hand, the addition of Richards and Chavez do not have nearly the same recognition factor, but they are steady signings with upside and valuable experience in the NASL.

Richards had an impressive run for the New York Red Bulls but struggled upon his return to the club. He spent the back half of his contract year with Indy Eleven on loan. Indy remained stagnant at the bottom of the NASL standings, but Richards had a few bright moments playing as a striker in his 15 appearances at the club.

Chavez could end up being a quiet coup of a signing for Miami. The 28-year-old attacker had a breakout Fall Season in 2015 and was involved in nearly aspect Atlanta’s offense. The forward led the club in both goals and assists with seven of each.