By RYAN TOLMICH
Orlando City have added a Brazilian refrigerator to the club’s back line.
The club announced on Monday that it has signed Brazilian center back Gustavo Silva Conceição, nicknamed “The Refrigerator,” as the team’s fifth international signing.
Gustavo, who stands at 6 foot 1 and weighs 198 pounds, joins Orlando City from Brazilian side Villa Nova after previously featuring for powerhouse Flamengo.
“We’re very pleased that Gustavo has joined the Club,” said head coach Adrian Heath. “He’s a tough and willing defender who we believe will be a fantastic complement to our existing core.”
Here are some more of Monday afternoon’s MLS news and notes:
ROMERO TO RETURN TO IMPACT
Recapturing the services of 2014 team MVP Andres Romero was paramount for the Montreal Impact this offseason, and that is exactly what the club has done.
The Impact announced on Monday that it has come to terms for the transfer of the Argentine from Brazilian club Tombense FC. In addition, Romero has signed a multiyear deal to remain with the team.
“We are very pleased to have secured Andres’ permanent transfer from Tombense FC,” said Impact head coach and director of player personnel Frank Klopas. “I was confident that we would reach an agreement. Andres did great things in 2014 and we believe he will continue to help this team in the future.”
Romero contributed six goals and three assists in 2014 in what was the Argentine’s second MLS campaign.
HENRY SAYS GOODBYE TO TORONTO FC
Doneil Henry has officially said his goodbyes to Toronto FC.
Henry, who was recently sold by Cypriot side Apollon Limasol to West Ham United, has spent the past six years as a member of TFC’s youth academy and first team. With his impending departure, the 21-year-old defender penned an open letter to the club and its fans ahead of his Premier League move.
“Toronto was my first professional club as well as the city in which I grew up in,” Henry said. “As I embark on my new challenge at West Ham United, TFC will always have a special place in my heart. I would like to thank all of the passionate fans for all their support and patience, encouraging me as I developed into the player I am today.
“A special thank you to the MLSE organization, Larry Tanenbaum for his support and kindness, Tim Bezbatchenko and the entire TFC family for giving me all the tools necessary to continue on my journey. West Ham United is a new chapter in my life; Toronto FC will always be my home!”
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