Whether it was the ongoing financial implications of the, the delay to the start of the season due to negotiations over the collective bargaining agreement, or challenges in bringing players in from overseas, the newcomers joining Major League Soccer for the 2021 season lack some of the panache of previous years. The more significant moves involved MLS players going to Europe rather than coming to North America. That said, teams still made off-season additions that can be immediate impact players.
Here’s a look at somein 2021:
Of course, Austin should be at the top of this list, with the expansion sideFC.
And the two designated players for Austin have a chance to be immediate stars.
Forward Cecilio Dominguez signed as Austin’s first DPfrom Independiente in Argentina. The 26-year-old had eight in 43 appearances for Independiente. Still, he’s only a few years removed from appearing on the international scene with 21 goals in 74 appearances with in Liga MX.
Dominguez will be joined by midfielder Tomas Pochettino, who signed as Austin’s second DP after moving from Argentina’s Atletico Talleres. Pochettino, 25, will be asked to control the middle of the field and distributor to Dominguez and others in the Austin attack.
may have landed the biggest in recognizable names by capturing England left-back Kieran Gibbs from West Bromwich Albion. Gibbs has made more than 300 appearances for Arsenal and . He won’t . Just as important was the signing of Brazilian defensive midfielder Gregore, who should help bolster Miami’s defense.
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Hard to believe, but American striker Bobby Wood has never played in MLS. That’ll change thisas the 28-year-old moves from the Bundesliga. Wood has spent nearly his entire professional career playing in Germany for various clubs. He spent the past few division of the Bundesliga. Wood’s . He seemed to be a regular in the striker rotation for the U.S. during in 2017 and 2018 but hasn’t seen the U.S. on international duty since 2018.
Moving into its new stadium, FC Cincinnati also has a potential young star to. Brenner, a 21-year-old Brazilian forward, was the big offseason signing by Cincinnati. He scored 22 goals in 38 appearances across multiple competitions in his first A.
The deal for the young star could end up being the wealthiest transfer for a South. Brenner’s transfer was for a reported $13 million that could push it beyond $15 million with additional incentives.
Another import from São Paulo will be looking to make his mark in Orlando. Alexandre Pato was without a club after departing São Paulo last summer but got an enticing offer from Orlando City after the team loaned Daryl Dike to Barnsley of the English Championship.
Pato has 27 career appearances for Brazil. Orlando is hoping he can provide a goal-scoring punch. He’s not the same player who scored 63 career goals at AC Milan, but he can still be a potent option at the top of the attack. Pato turned down offers in Europe, Asia, and South America to join Orlando City.
Something had to change in Los Angeles after the Galaxy finished 10th in the Western Conference and missed the postseason. The arrival of Greg Vanney as head. But the Galaxy didn’t stop there, bringing in defender Derrick Williams from Blackburn and goalkeeper Jonathan Bond from West Bromwich Albion. On the cusp of the season, the Galaxy made one more splash by signing French winger Kévin Cabral from Valenciennes FC in France’s Ligue 2 to a contract.
The Timbers didn’t need to tweak much after summer.ago, but the addition of Argentinian defender Claudio Bravo is a significant upgrade. The 24-year-old left-back came to Portland from Club Atlético Banfield in Argentina, where he’s also made eight appearances for the under-23 national team and maybe getting a call-up for the Olympics this
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