There is just over a month left until the MLS season 2022 and the transfer market will only get livelier from here.
Most clubs have already started their preparations for the season, which means that they have to move quickly if they want their new players to have speed on the big kick-off.
Things got a little more serious on Thursday, so here is a summary of all the business that took place:
“It was a pretty easy decision to join Seattle.”
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– Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) January 14, 2022
Ever since it was confirmed that Albert Rusnak would not sign with Real Salt Lake, there has been fierce competition for his services. Hardly surprising given his record of 40 goals and 29 assists in 138 MLS games during the regular season.
In the end, the Seattle Sounders won the race and signed the Slovak international to a DP contract until 2023 with an option for 2024.
“We are very pleased to welcome a quality player like Albert to Seattle,” Sounders general manager and football president Garth Lagerwey said in a press release. “At 27, he is at the peak of his career and already knows our league very well. We are convinced that his addition gives our list in a very good position to succeed in 2022.”
Whether Sounders will be able to buy down Rusnak’s DP status is still unclear. But in any case, they themselves have an MLS-proven attack product through free agency, so the value is almost guaranteed.
The club has signed goalkeepers Aljaz Ivacic and David Bingham to new contracts until the 2023 season.
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– Portland Timbers (@TimbersFC) January 13, 2022
When goalkeeper Steve Clark was long gone, the Portland Timbers needed someone to master the sticks. In the end, they managed to get two plugs.
Aljaz Ivacic has signed again with the club after playing a small role for the Timbers in recent years. The Slovenian is joined by David Bingham, an MLS veteran with a total of 181 appearances in stinginess with the LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes.
“We lost a very talented player in this position and by following the same philosophy that has helped this club over time, we have recruited two quality goalkeepers to challenge the starting role,” Timber general manager and football president Gavin Wilkinson said in a press release. release. “Aljaz has been waiting for this opportunity and David has proven himself in this league. Our coaching staff are enthusiastic about these players, and we look forward to them both continuing to show their talents with the team and in the league.”
Minnesota United welcome back striker Abu Danladi
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– MNUFC But In The Offseason (@MNUFC) January 13, 2022
Since leaving for Nashville 2020, things have not gone as planned for Abu Danladi, who scored just three goals in 23 games in Tennessee.
So why not go back and dance with the one who brought it?
Danladi has signed again for Minnesota United for the 2022 campaign with an option for 2023. His most recent game with the Loons scored 11 goals in 72 games, including eight of 27 during the 2017 MLS campaign.
“I’m really happy because I think we as a club and Abu [Danladi], has some unfinished business, “said head coach Adrian Heath. “Everyone knows I was really disappointed when we lost him [in the Expansion Draft]. There is a top player there. I love him as a child and he has great potential.
“People forget that he scored eight goals in his first year as a professional and if we can get him back to playing in that form, then I know we have someone who can contribute for many years to come.”
Official: Welcome Acosta & Mabika #? #InterMiamiCF has signed midfielder George Acosta to a contract that runs until 2022 with an option for 2023, and signed defender Aimé Mabika to a contract that runs until 2023 with options for 2024 and 2025.https: / /t.co/LJgHhf8fwJ
– Inter Miami CF (@InterMiamiCF) January 13, 2022
Inter Miami continues to be busy during the off-season and closed two more deals on Thursday.
The Herons have signed on for George Acosta, who was one of the club’s first acquisitions ahead of their 2020 expansion year but has suffered from knee problems ever since. Like Acosta, defender Aime Mabika has been moved up from USL-affiliated Fort Lauderdale FC.
“This is another big step for our development program, which will be crucial to our long-term success,” said Inter Miami manager and sports director Chris Henderson. “George and Aimé are promising young players who have developed well in our system and are ready to be integrated into the first team. We hope to continue to help them in their professional growth this season.”
Grit and fight. He is ready to represent #VERDE & Black. ? pic.twitter.com/0dkKjUuuqm
– Austin FC (@AustinFC) January 13, 2022
Although they struggled at the foot of the Western Conference, Austin FC had plenty of positive things to bring with them from their years of expansion. Now is the time to build and develop.
Colombian Jhojan Valencia is the latest to arrive at Q2 Stadium, recruiting from Deportivo Cali through 2024, with an option for 2025. The 25-year-old will likely sit at the base of Josh Wolff’s midfield, screen the midfielders and move the ball forward.
“Jhojan is a young, talented midfielder with great defensive instincts and an eye for the ball,” said sports director Claudio Reyna of Valencia, who comes fresh after helping Cali win the Colombian league title.
“His presence will add a new dimension to our midfield and free up some of our more attacking players to move forward and create chances. We look forward to welcoming him to Austin.”
Valencia himself added: “I am very excited to come to Austin. It is such a fantastic city, with great support for the club and everything needed to compete for trophies. I want to thank Claudio and Josh for their support, and I see looking forward to all the fantastic moments that lie ahead of me. ”
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