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MLS Ticker: Charlotte FC adds Franco on loan, Sporting KC signs Rosell, and more

Charlotte FC’s roster building for 2022 continued Tuesday as the Eastern Conference club acquired a promising young talent in midfield.

Alan Franco has joined Charlotte FC on loan for the 2022 MLS season, which includes an option to purchase Franco outright. Franco will occupy an international roster spot on Charlotte’s roster.

The 23-year-old will reunite with head coach Miguel Angel Ramírez in Charlotte. The midfielder has totaled 122 appearances between Independiente and Atletico Mineiro, scoring eight goals and registering six assists.

Franco has earned 18 caps and scored one goal for the Ecuadorian national team, including nine of the team’s 14 CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers. Ecuador currently sit in third place and an automatic qualification spot with four games remaining.

Here are some more MLS news items from Tuesday:

Sporting KC signs midfielder Uri Rosell

Uri Rosell is back with Sporting Kansas City with hopes of helping the club win MLS Cup in 2022.

Rosell signed a two-year contract with SKC on Tuesday, the Western Conference club announced. The 29-year-old returns to the club after winning MLS Cup under Peter Vermes in 2013.

Rosell spent the last four seasons with Orlando City, totaling 73 appearances in the heart of the Lions midfield. He’s also spent time with Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon during his lengthy career, playing alongside Nani and Fredy Montero, both who have played in MLS to date.

Sporting KC made Rosell its second signing in consecutive days, adding him along with Ben Sweat this week.

Dynamo re-signs forward Quintero

Darwin Quintero will return to the Houston Dynamo’s attack in 2022 after the veteran forward was re-signed on Tuesday.

Quintero signed a one-year contract with the Dynamo, which includes an option for 2023. Targeted Allocation Money was used by the Dynamo for Quintero’s new contract, locking up an important piece of the roster heading into the new year.

The 34-year-old joined the Dynamo in a trade with Minnesota United for Allocation Money in November 2019. He scored seven goals and added 10 assists in his first season with the Club, tying for the league lead in assists that year.   

Quintero scored three goals and added two assists in 2021, but the Dynamo missed the playoffs under Tab Ramos.

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