FC Dallas and Red Bulls both acquired new players to reinforce their lineups with half the season gone, and two MLS teams look into expansion, one into the league and one within their stadium.
The New York Red Bulls have completed the transfer of Austrian winger Daniel Royer from Danish Superliga side FC Midtjylland. Royer previously competed with Midtjylland in the UEFA Europa League. (REPORT)
FC Dallas has announced the signing of Argentine defender Norberto Paparatto from the Portland Timbers. The veteran center back has played in the Argentine Primera División, as well as making 19 appearances for the Timbers over two seasons. (REPORT)
The Timbers themselves are looking to make some additions, but with a new stadium rather than a new player. Timbers announced a project over the weekend to look into expanding Providence Park to feature 3,500 more seats. (REPORT)
Speaking of expansion, in Cincinnati, those in charge of Cincinnati FC learned that they could have to pay a lofty $200m fee for expansion into the MLS. Despite this news, President and club GM Jeff Berding maintains their goal as a club is to reach MLS. (REPORT)
Elsewhere in Ohio, Columbus Crew are on the prowl for a new Designated Player. Owner Anthony Precourt say the team is ready to make a grab, but don’t want to buy a player just for his name. (REPORT)
$200m is some dramatic expansion fee inflation. NYCFC paid $100m ~3 years ago? Shows you how much money is being made by MLS teams. A lot of it is probably paying off accrued debts from starting the league, and a lot into building stadiums and infrastructure and youth teams. But hopefully a lot of it starts going to senior team salaries soon.