MLS Ticker: Inter Miami add Pozuelo, loan Five Stripes Wolff, and more
Alejandro Pozuelo’s time with Toronto FC came to an end with the Spanish playmaker being sent to another club in the Eastern Conference.
Inter Miami acquired Pozuelo on Thursday in exchange for a total of $150,000 in general allocation money ($75,000 in 2022 and $75,000 in 2023). Toronto FC will also receive a sale percentage if Pozuelo is transferred out of MLS.
“We think Alejandro will fit perfectly into our squad. He’s an incredible quality player who we think can be a real game-changer for us,” Inter Miami head coach said. , Phil Neville “We can’t wait to bring him into the team and can’t wait to see him on the pitch in the colors of Inter Miami.”
Pozuelo, 30, joined TFC in 2019 and played an immediate role for the club, registering 12 goals and 12 assists to lead the Reds to an MLS Cup final appearance. Pozuelo was named MLS MVP of 2020, tallying nine goals and 10 assists in a shortened regular season campaign due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In total, Pozuelo made 93 league appearances for TFC, registering 28 goals and 34 assists during that time.
Inter Miami sit ninth in the Eastern Conference ahead of a July 9 showdown with Orlando City.
Here’s a rundown of the latest MLS news:
Atlanta United loan Tyler Wolff to Belgian side Beveren
Tyler Wolff recently helped the United States Men’s Under-20 National Team win the Concacaf U-20 Championship and will now travel to Europe for the first time in his club career.
Atlanta United have loaned Wolff to Belgian second-tier club SK Beveren for the 2022-23 league season. A local signing in July 2020, Wolff made 17 league appearances for the Five Stripes, registering one assist.
He also played 10 games for ATL UTD 2 in the USL, becoming the first former Five Stripes academy product to record a professional hat-trick in August 2021.
SK Beveren finished third in the Belgian Challenger Pro League in the 2021-22 season, barely missing out on promotion to the First Division.
Internationally, Wolff scored the game-winning goal in the USMNT U-20’s 6-0 final victory over the Dominican Republic on Sunday. The victory propelled the Americans into the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.
Report: FC Cincinnati targets Sergio Santos in trade
FC Cincinnati head coach Pat Noonan has already added two familiar faces in Ray Gaddis and Alvas Powell in 2022 and could add a third in the coming days.
Sergio Santos is linked to a trade with FC Cincy from the Philadelphia Union, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Thursday. The Brazilian striker has been out of Union training since the end of May due to visa issues but could be close to reuniting with his former assistant coach.
The 27-year-old is in the final year of his contract with Union and would be an additional option in the FC Cincy attack. Noonan has relied on Brandon Vazquez, Luciano Acosta and Brenner to lead his attack this season, and the trio have combined for 19 goals and 16 assists this season.
Santos joined Union in 2019 and contributed 19 goals and eight assists in 80 appearances for Jim Curtin’s side. He’s mostly served as an off-the-bench option for the past two seasons.
The Union is second in the Eastern Conference while FC Cincy is fifth.
Union transfer local striker De Vries to Venice
Jack de Vries became the latest local Philadelphia Union player to secure a European transfer on Thursday, agreeing to join Italian club Venezia on a permanent deal.
De Vries spent last season on loan with Venezia, mainly for the Under-19 team. The 20-year-old has scored 14 goals and added seven assists in 23 appearances for Venice U-19 side while making his debut for the Coppa Italia competition’s first team.
“Jack is a talented young player and his hard work and competitive spirit has allowed him to adapt well to the Venezia style of play while on loan,” Philadelphia Union athletic director Ernst Tanner said. “We remain committed to identifying and developing young talent through our academy, as evidenced by the club’s third Homegrown to move to Europe in two years’ time. We are so proud of Jack and wish him well.
De Vries signed a Homegrown contract with Union in January 2020 and has made four MLS appearances. He also played six games for Union II in the USL.
Venezia were relegated to Serie B last spring.
- The Philadelphia Union parted ways with midfielder Matej Oravec on Thursday. Oravec did not make his debut for Union during his time with the club and spent the 2021-22 campaign on loan with Slovakian side FK Železiarne Podbrezová.