MLS Ticker: Hamid to return for opener, Revolution make signing, and more

MLS Ticker: Hamid to return for opener, Revolution make signing, and more

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MLS Ticker: Hamid to return for opener, Revolution make signing, and more

Photo by Greg Bartram/USA Today Sports

Photo by Greg Bartram/USA Today Sports

Even though Bill Hamid’s U.S. Men’s National Team camp was cut short due to another knee injury, he is confident that he will be back for D.C. United’s regular-season opener on March 4.

Hamid was initially ruled out for five to six weeks, but after undergoing successful surgery, he is optimistic to return in time for the 2017 season.

“I’m happy I got it done,” Hamid told the Washington Post. “I feel good. I foresee being ready for the opener.”

D.C.’s head coach Ben Olsen also said he “anticipates” Hamid being ready for the opener against Sporting Kansas City.

Revolution sign Slovenian defender Antonio Mlinar Delamea

The New England Revolution made a major acquisition on Wednesday by signing Slovenian centerback Antonio Mlinar Delamea from Olimpija Ljubljana.

“We are very pleased to add to our defense with an experienced center back like Toni,” said Revolution general manager Michael Burns. “We’re excited to have him here for the beginning of training camp and we look forward to getting him a full preseason of action on the field with his new teammates.”

Delamea was signed using Targeted Allocation Money, which means he will not count as a Designated Player. He participated in his first training session with the Revs on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old has played 134 games in Slovenia and made his debut with the national team on Nov. 14 as a halftime substitute.

Atlanta United to sign Leandro Gonzalez Pirez on loan with option to buy

Atlanta United’s search for South American talent is not over yet.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta is set to sign Argentinean defender Leandro Gonzalez Pirez from Estudiantes on loan with an option to buy.

Gonzalez Pirez, 24, has previously played for River Plate and Tigres. However, he has lost his starting spot with Estudiantes recently and Atlanta is ready to pounce as a result.

Should the move go through, Gonzalez Pirez will join the likes of Michael Parkhurst, Zach Loyd, Miles Robinson, Tyrone Mears and Greg Garza on what looks to be a very formidable Atlanta defense.

Robbie Findley on trial with Red Bulls

The New York Red Bulls unveiled their preseason roster with two trialists on board, one of whom will be a familiar name for MLS fans.

Robbie Findley is one of the trialists on the roster along with South African forward Davide Somma, who made four appearances with the San Jose Earthquakes from 2008 to 2009.

Findley last played for Toronto FC in 2015, recording two goals and three assists in 25 appearances. The winger has a total of 40 goals and 18 assists in 171 MLS regular-season games under his belt with TFC, Real Salt Lake and the LA Galaxy.

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