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Report: Nicholas Gioacchini set for Orlando City transfer


Nicholas Gioacchini’s time in France is reportedly coming to an end this summer with the American forward hoping for a spark in MLS.

Orlando City is finalizing a permanent transfer acquisition of Gioacchini, French outlet Foot Normand reported Sunday. The Kansas City native had one year left on his contract with Caen and most recently spent last season on loan with Ligue 1 side Montpellier.

The 21-year-old has spent his entire club career to date with Caen, scoring nine goals in 52 appearances for the Ligue 2 side. Gioacchini earned a loan spell back to France’s top-flight last season, but failed to find the back of the net in 31 appearances for Montpellier.

Gioacchini made his U.S. men’s national team debut in November 2020 and has went on to total three goals and one assist under Gregg Berhalter. He was a part of the USMNT squad that lifted the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup last summer, scoring once in a 6-1 group stage win over Martinique.

Orlando City sits in fifth place in the Eastern Conference following Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Atlanta United at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Oscar Pareja’s side have relied on the goalscoring abilities of Ercan Kara, Facundo Torres, and Alexandre Pato for majority of the season.

The trio of forwards have combined for 14 goals and 12 assists in league play, with Kara totaling seven following his offseason transfer from Rapid Vienna.


  1. I’m split. As much as I like this move as a Orlando City fan, I don’t like it as a USMNT fan. Same mix bag about other US players coming to the MLS. It’s positive for the league to have quality US players. Is less than half season enough time for players coming in to the MLS to move up the US depth chart.

    • No ambiguity here.

      This move is disappointing because it’s the result of a failure on Nico’s part not because he was wanted badly by someone the way Brenden and Tyler were.

      This feels more like a “we’ll take him off your hands” move.

      I’m not familiar with Orlando but transfers are always inherently risky. In theory, because “They” say MLS is “easier” it should give him a boost but that is hardly a given.

      As for the USMNT, Nico would have to get plasma hot and have others get hurt for him to get to Qatar as a USMNT player.

      Of course, stranger things have happened.

    • Probably his best chance, but it seems like a bridge too far at this point. Going to have to light it up from the start.

  2. Good move for him. Only a matter of time before you see other Americans move back home. MLS will be making strong moves for players of all nationalities in the coming years.

    • I don’t see why you read it as a sign of MLS strength if he “failed to find the back of the net” in France. I think you are gaslighting. “Strong move” not so sure.
      MLS is making great progress, but the hype is so annoying. I wish I had a dollar for every TV color commentator who commented on the impressive crowd, culture, atmosphere, etc. Is it literally in their contract to do that?
      MLS is like a party where the host keeps telling you how much fun it is.
      Just let it be what it is and it will work out fine.

      • Huh? I said a good move not a strong move. A sign of MLS strength? Yet again never said that. But I am not ashamed to talk up MLS. Barking up the wrong tree.

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