HARRISON, N.J. — Former Virginia men’s soccer standout, Leo Afonso, made his debut as a first team player for Inter Miami on Saturday afternoon (March 23) in a 4-0 defeat to New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena. Former Cavalier defender Aidan O’Connor, who was selected 12th overall in the 2024 MLS SuperDraft, was also named as an available substitute for New York Red Bulls.

Inter Miami announced this morning (March 23) that the club has signed Afonso on a short-term agreement from the Club’s MLS NEXT Pro team Inter Miami CF II. Afonso was the 32nd pick in the second round of the 2024 MLS SuperDraft.

Afonso came on as a substitute and attempted one shot. In the 77th minute, Afonso slipped in a pass to Noah Allen who chipped the goalkeeper to score for Inter Miami. However, the goal was disallowed due to a foul in the build-up.

Afonso marks the first of Virginia’s 2024 draft class to make his MLS debut.