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MLS Ticker: Altidore reportedly joining Revs, Paul Arriola signs extension, and more

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Jozy Altidore has played a key role during his time with Toronto but reportedly will be on the move to another Eastern Conference club.

Altidore’s contract has been bought out by Toronto FC, and the U.S. national team veteran will sign with the New England Revolution, ESPN reported.

The 32-year-old will sign a three-year deal with the Revolution and count as a Targeted Allocation Money signing, according to multiple reports. Altidore spent the past seven seasons as a DP at TFC, scoring 62 goals in 139 games.

Altidore’s 115 caps for the USMNT makes him the third-most capped player in program history. He also has 42 goals for the USMNT.

Once Altidore’s signing is complete, the Revs will have completed a roster revamp this offseason that sees Bruce Arena bring in three former or current U.S. national team stalwarts, in Altidore, Sebastian Lletget and Omar Gonzalez.


FC Dallas signs Paul Arriola to extension


Weeks after acquiring U.S. men’s national team winger Paul Arriola, FC Dallas re-upped his contract.

Dallas signed Arriola to a new contract that runs until 2025 with a club option for 2026, the club announced Friday. The club recently acquired Arriola in a trade with D.C. United for $2 million in General Allocation Money.

Arriola had 20 goals and 16 assists in 89 matches with D.C. United. He has eight goals in 43 appearances with the USMNT.


MLS veteran Lee Nguyen retires


New England Revolution great and MLS veteran Lee Nguyen has called it a career.

Nguyen, who made more than 250 MLS regular-season appearances, announced his retirement Friday. He moves on to become an assistant coach on the NWSL’s Washington Spirit staff.

Perhaps the greatest period of Nguyen’s career came in 2014, when he led the Revolution to an appearance in MLS Cup. His 18 goals and five assists that year led to MVP consideration. Nguyen made nine U.S. men’s national team appearances from 2007 to 2016.

His MLS career also included stints with Inter Miami and LAFC. He returned to the Revs in 2020 to reunite with coach Bruce Arena. Nguyen’s career also included a stint in Europe early in his career with PSV Eindhoven, where he made one first-team appearance.


Sounders signed Ruidiaz, Joao Paulo, Areaga to extensions


The Seattle Sounders solidified the futures of three key pieces with contract extensions for Raul Ruidiaz, Joao Paulo and Xavier Arreaga, the club announced Friday.

Ruidiaz is set to stay in Seattle until 2024, while Joao Paulo’s new contract runs until 2023, with a club option for 2024. Arreaga has been extended until 2023 with club options for 2024 and 2025.

The Sounders excelled the previous regular season with Ruidiaz spearheading the attack. The Peruvian has scored 50 goals in 79 games since joining the Sounders in 2018.

Joao Paulo quickly gelled into the Sounders squad since joining in 2020, and the 30-year-old had three goals and 11 assists in 2021. Arreaga became a regular starter in the Sounders back line in 2021 with 25 starts.


Whitecaps add Sebastian Berhalter in trade with Crew


Sebastian Berhalter, the son of USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter, is leaving his father’s former club and joining the Whitecaps.

Berhalter, a 20-year-old central midfielder, joined the Whitecaps in exchange for $50,000 GAM and performance incentives, plus the Crew will receive a percentage of the fee if Berhalter is transferred abroad.

Berhalter signed with the Crew as a Homegrown player. He made four starts during the Crew’s run to MLS Cup in 2020. He spent 2021 on loan at Austin FC, making 18 appearances.


Sounders loan Ethan Dobbelaere to Czech club


Ethan Dobbelaere, a 19-year-old Homgrown player, has been loaned from the Seattle Sounders to Czech club MFK Vyskov, the club announced Saturday. The loan will run until May 31.

Dobbelaere has made eight MLS appearances with the Sounders’ first team since signing a Homegrown deal in June 2020. He has played 27 matches for reserve side Tacoma Defiance.

Dobbelaere has also played with the U-17 U.S. national team in the 2019 U-17 World Cup. He made two appearances, against Senegal and the Netherlands.


D.C. United re-sign goalkeeper Jon Kempin


Jon Kempin has signed a new deal with D.C. United, keeping him under contract for the 2022 season, with a club option for 2023, D.C. United announced Friday.

Kempin, 28, served as starting goalkeeper Bill Hamid’s backup in 2021. He has 32 games of MLS experience split between stints with D.C. United, Columbus Crew, LA Galaxy and Sporting Kansas City. Kempin started his career as Sporting KC’s first Homegrown signing in 2010.

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