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MLS Ticker: TFC reportedly trading Pozuelo to Inter Miami, Revs add DP forward, and more


Alejandro Pozuelo’s time with Toronto FC has been filled with several highs, but the Spaniard playmaker is reportedly set for a move away from the Canadian club.

Inter Miami is closing in on acquiring Pozuelo in a trade with TFC for $150,000 in General Allocation Money, ESPN reported. Pozuelo’s departure from Toronto FC would open up a Designated Player spot within its roster, and the club is already linked with adding Juventus and Italian forward Federico Bernardeschi to fill the void.

Pozuelo, 30, joined TFC in 2019 and impressed from the early going, recording 12 goals and 12 assists in leading the Reds to an MLS Cup finals appearance. Pozuelo was named the MLS MVP in 2020, totaling nine goals and 10 assists in a shortened regular season campaign due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Injuries plagued Pozuelo’s 2021 campaign with the playmaker only scoring one goal in 19 appearances.

Inter Miami is sitting in ninth place in the Eastern Conference following Monday’s 1-1 draw with FC Dallas. Pozuelo would be a welcomed addition to Phil Neville’s attacking corps, joining Leonardo Campana, Gonzalo Higuain, and Indiana Vassilev on the roster.

Here is a closer look at the recent MLS News:

Revolution signs Vriani to Designated Player deal

The New England Revolution may have bid farewell to striker Adam Buksa but now have a new forward to call on long-term.

Giacomo Vrioni has joined Bruce Arena’s squad from Serie A club Juventus, signing a Designated Player contract through 2025. Vrioni’s contract will also include a one-year club option for 2026 and the player will occupy an international roster spot.

The 23-year-old enjoyed a positive loan spell with Austrian Bundesliga club WSG Tirol in 2021-22, totaling 21 goals and five assists in all competitions. Vrioni had totaled 13 combined appearances between Juventus’ first and U-23 teams and previously played in Serie B and Serie C with Venezia and Pistoiese respectively.

“I am excited to start this next chapter of my life and career in Boston and Major League Soccer with the New England Revolution,” Vrioni said. “I have seen many talented players come from Europe and thrive in MLS, which is why I believe this is the right time to take this step in my career. I look forward to meeting all my new teammates, coaches, and the Revolution supporters soon.”

A former Albanian youth national team player, Vrioni has earned six caps for the senior team team to date.

He joins a Revolution attack which features Gustavo Bou, Carles Gil, and Dylan Borrero.

D.C. United transfers Griffin Yow to Belgian club KVC Westerlo

Griffin Yow has become the latest MLS homegrown product to earn his opportunity in Europe, sealing a transfer to Belgian side KVC Westerlo on Sunday.

Yow, 19, signed a homegrown contract with D.C. United in March 2019 and featured for both the first team and USL affiliate Loudoun United. He totaled 36 appearances for the Eastern Conference club, scoring three goals and adding one assist.

“We want to thank Griffin for his years of commitment to the club starting as an academy player,” D.C. United General Manager Lucy Rushton said. “He was one of the first Homegrowns to prosper from our Pathway 2 Pro program after getting his foothold in professional soccer by playing important minutes with our USL Championship side, Loudoun United FC. We wish him all the best in the next chapter of his career.”

Born in Virginia, Yow spent four years with the D.C. United Academy (2016-2019) and scored 41 goals in 68 U.S. Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) appearances. He also earned 14 caps previously with the U.S. Under-17 men’s national team, scoring six goals and featuring in the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Yow joins fellow MLS homegrown product Bryan Reynolds at KVC Westerlo, after the former FC Dallas defender joined on loan from AS Roma earlier this offseason.

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