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MLS Ticker: Alvarez, Araujo called up by El Tri, Red Bulls sign Coronel and more

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Los Angeles Galaxy right back Julian Araujo will get his chance this week in an El Tri uniform for the first time since announcing a switch from the United States’ national team program to Mexico.

Araujo joins Galaxy teammate Efrain Alvarez on El Tri’s team for Wednesday’s friendly against Chile in Austin, Texas. Another standout MLS youngster in Real Salt Lake’s David Ochoa did not make Mexico manager Tata Martino’s roster.

Alvarez will have the chance for his fifth cap for El Tri. Aruajo is seeing his first callup from Martino since announcing in October his switch from the USMNT to Mexico. Araujo played with the United States throughout his youth and seemed set for a USMNT callup for the Gold Cup, before USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter revealed Araujo was not ready to commit to the USMNT.


Red Bulls sign goalkeeper Carlos Coronel permanently


The New York Red Bulls made goalkeeper Carlos Coronel’s loan from sister club Red Bull Salzburg permanent Monday, with the 24-year-old Brazilian signing with the Red Bulls until 2024.

The Brazilian impressed in 2021 with 13 clean sheets, which ties the league lead, and an impressive run of form to keep the Red Bulls competitive late in the season and lock up a playoff berth.

Coronel arrived at the Red Bulls in 2021 on loan from Salzburg, but it wasn’t his first MLS experience. He also played for the Philadelphia Union on loan from Salzburg in 2019.


CF Montreal add Italian centerback on loan from Bologna


CF Montreal has added another player thanks to its partnership with Italian top-flight club Bologna. Italian defender Gabriele Corbo is set to join CF Montreal for next season on loan from Bologna.

Corbo, 21, is a centerback who previously played on loan with Ascoli in Serie B. Corbo has been on Bologna’s books since 2018, when he joined from Spezia. Corbo seems to be a versatile player who Montreal may be able to plug in anywhere along the back line.

“We are delighted to have Gabriele on board for the upcoming season. He is a right-footed defender who can play in both a three-man and a four-man defense,” CF Montreal sporting director Olivier Renard said in a statement. “In the past, he has even played a few games at right back in a four-man defense. He is very happy to come here and already joined us several weeks ago.”

CF Montreal’s partnership with Bologna has proven fruitful lately, bringing the Canadian club Lassi Lappalainen, Sebastian Breza and Orji Okwonkwo on loan.


Chicago Fire extend defender Miguel Navarro’s contract


The Chicago Fire have re-upped with left back Miguel Navarro after an excellent 2021 season. The club signed Navarro to a contract extension set to keep Navarro in a Fire uniform through the 2024 season with a club option for 2025.

Navarro, a 22-year-old Venezuelan, will no longer occupy an international slot. He received his U.S. Green Card in March 2021. The Fire originally added Navarro in 2020 with a transfer from Venezuelan club Deportivo La Guaira.

Navarro started regularly for the Fire at left back in 2021, with 25 starts and more than 2,200 minutes. He had two assists. He also made his first Venezuelan national team appearance, playing in two World Cup Qualifying matches in October 2020.

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