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MLS: Sebastian Blanco, Josef Martinez, among players to depart current clubs


The 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs roll on for several clubs, but for others the roster reshuffling for 2024 has continued.

Nashville SC, Portland Timbers, and FC Dallas are the latest MLS clubs to announce their end-of-season roster moves, as they begin preparation towards 2024.

Sebastian Blanco, Josef Martinez, Chicaharito, and Alfredo Morales are just a handful of veterans that will be on the market after parting ways with their respective clubs.

Simon Becher, Matt Freese, Robbie Robinson, and McKinze Gaines are among the players that will return to their clubs after having options exercised for 2024.

Damir Kreilach is a key veteran who also might be on the move despite remaining in negotiations with his current club.

Here is a closer look at which teams have reported their end-of-season roster moves:

Atlanta United

Options Exercised: Aiden McFadden.

Options Declined: Machop Chol, Jackson Conway, Clément Diop, Efraín Morales, Justin Garces.

Expired Contracts: Ozzie Alonso, Miguel Berry, Miles Robinson, Matheus Rossetto, Amar Sejdić, Quentin Westberg.

Expired Loans: Juanjo Purata.

Austin FC

Options Exercised: Damian Las, Daniel Pereira.

Options Declined: Charlie Asensio, Will Bruin, Sofiane Djeffal, Kipp Keller, Adam Lundkvist, Alfonso Ocampo-Chávez, Rodney Redes, Memo Rodriguez, Maxi Urruti.

Expired Contracts: Hector Jimenez.

**The club is in negotiations with Jimenez.

Charlotte FC

Options Exercised: Harrison Afful, McKinze Gaines, Chris Hegardt, Pablo Sisniega, Jan Sobocinski, Adrian Zendejas.

Expired Contracts: Derrick Jones.

**Club is in negotiations with veteran winger Justin Meram.

Chicago Fire

Options Exercised: Jonathan Dean, Jeffrey Gall, Fabian Herbers, Wyatt Omsberg, Spencer Richey.

Options Declined: Kendall Burks, Alex Monis, Allan Rodríguez.

Expired Contracts: Kei Kamara.

Expired Loans: Alonso Aceves, Ousmane Doumbia.

Exercised Purchase Option: Maren Haile-Selassie.

**The club is in negotiations with Javier Casas Jr.

Colorado Rapids

Options Exercised: Andrew Gutman, Calvin Harris, Ralph Priso.

Options Declined: Sebastian Anderson, Steven Beitashour, Oliver Larraz, Jack Price, Abraham Rodriguez, Gustavo Vallecilla, William Yarbrough.

Expired Contracts: Luis Diaz, Diego Rubio.

Expired Loans: Danny Leyva.

**The club remains in discussions with Larraz, Yarbrough, and Anderson.

FC Dallas

Options Exercised: Asier Illarramendi, Liam Fraser, Katlego ‘Tsiki’ Ntsabeleng, Sam Junqua, Herbert Endeley.

Options Declined: Collin Smith, Facundo Quignón , José Martínez.

**The club is in negotiations with Jáder Obrian, Jimmy Maurer, Amet Korça.

DC United

Options Exercised: Russell Canouse, Ted Ku-DiPietro, Ruan.

Options Declined: Yamil Asad, Eric Davis, José Fajardo, Jacob Greene, Brendan Hines-Ike, Erik Hurtado, Andy Najar, Nigel Robertha, Gaoussou Samaké.

Expired Contracts: Donovan Pines, Derrick Williams.

**The club is in negotiations with several players over a potential return for 2024.

Inter Miami

Options Exercised: Ian Fray, Cole Jensen, Robbie Robinson, Ryan Sailor, Lawson Sunderland, Robert Taylor.

Options Declined: Josef Martínez, Jake LaCava.

Expired Contracts: Victor Ulloa.

** Club is in negotiations with Dixon Arroyo and Leandro González Pirez. River Plate holds a purchase option for Gonzalez Pirez.

L.A. Galaxy

Options Exercised: Novak Mićović, Daniel Aguirre, Gino Vivi, Preston Judd.

Options Declined: Jonathan Klinsmann, Tony Alfaro, Calegari, Kelvin Leerdam, Uri Rosell, Billy Sharp.

Expired Contracts: Douglas Costa, Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Adam Saldaña, Michael Barrios.

** Club has extended a bona-fide offer to Tyler Boyd.

CF Montreal

Options Exercised: Logan Ketterer, Róbert Thorkelsson, Ousman Jabang, Ariel Lassiter.

Options Declined: James Pantemis, Zachary Brault-Guillard, Ahmed Hamdi, Sean Rea, Jean-Aniel Assi, Jojea Kwizera.

Expired Contracts: Romell Quioto.

Nashville SC

Options Exercised: Josh Bauer, Lukas MacNaughton.

Options Declined: Kemy Amiche, Nick DePuy, Tyler Freeman, Ahmed Longmire, Nebiyou Perry, Laurence Wyke, Ethan Zubak.

Expired Contracts: Luke Haakenson, Dax McCarty, Fafà Picault.

New England Revolution

Options Exercised: Andrew Farrell, Carles Gil, Jacob Jackson, midfielder Damian Rivera, Ryan Spaulding, Ian Harkes.

Options Declined: Emmanuel Boateng, Maciel, Christian Makoun, Ben Reveno, Ben Sweat.

Purchase Option Exercised: Tomas Chancalay.

Expired Contracts: Gustavo Bou, Omar Gonzalez, Justin Rennicks.

New York City FC

Options Exercised: Luis Barraza, Matt Freese, Andres Jasson, Kevin O’Toole, Gabriel Segal. 

Options Declined: Nico Benalcazar, Braian Cufré, Jonathan Jimenez, Alfredo Morales, Samuel Owusu, Matias Pellegrini, Stephen Turnbull.

New York Red Bulls

Options Exercised: Cameron Harper, Dru Yearwood, Wiki Carmona, Tom Barlow.

Options Declined: Matt Nocita, Hassan Ndam, Jayden Reid, Steven Sserwadda.

Purchase Option Exercised: Kyle Duncan.

Expired Loans: Jorge Cabezas-Hurtado.

Expired Contracts: Omir Fernandez.

Portland Timbers

Options Exercised: Nathan Fogaca.

Options Declined: Bryan Acosta, Franck Boli, Noel Caliskan, Diego Gutierrez, Eric Miller, Jaroslaw Niezgoda, Justin Rasmussen.

Expired Contracts: Sebastián Blanco

**The club is in negotiations with Acosta, Miller, and David Bingham.

Real Salt Lake

Options Exercised: Emeka Eneli, Maikel Chang, Tomas Gomez, Bode Hidalgo, Jasper Löffelsend, Bryan Oviedo, Pablo Ruiz.

Options Declined: Damir Kreilach, Julio Benitez.

Expired Contracts: Scott Caldwell, Danny Musovski.

Expired Loans: Moses Nyeman.

**The club remains in negotiations with Kreilach and Nyeman over potential stays with RSL.

Sporting KC

Options Exercised: Stephen Afrifa, Willy Agada, Robert Castellanos, Jake Davis, Danny Flores, Chris Rindov, Johnny Russell, Remi Walter.

Options Declined: Roger Espinoza, Kortne Ford, Felipe Gutierrez, Graham Zusi.

Expired Contracts: Cam Duke, Gadi Kinda, Kendall McIntosh.

**The club has extended a bona fide offer to Kinda.

St. Louis CITY SC

Options Exercised: Sam Adeniran, Lucas Bartlett, Aziel Jackson, Anthony Markanich, Célio Pompeu, Jared Stroud, Akil Watts, Josh Yaro.

Options Declined: Michael Creek, Max Schneider.

Expired Contracts: Jonathan Bell, John Nelson.

Toronto FC

Options Exercised: Luka Gavran, Alonso Coello.

Options Declined: Greg Ranjitsingh, Tomás Romero, Themi Antonoglou, Víctor Vázquez, CJ Sapong.

Expired Contracts: Cristian Gutierrez.

Expired Loans: Franco Ibarra.

**The club is in negotiations with Aime Mabika.

Vancouver Whitecaps

Options Exercised: Simon Becher, Tristan Blackmon, Isaac Boehmer, Levonte Johnson, Ryan Raposo.

Options Declined: Matteo Campagna, Kamron Habibullah, Thomas Hasal.

Expired Contracts: Junior Hoilett, Sebastian Berhalter,

Expired Loans: Richie Laryea.

**The club is in talks with Berhalter, Hoilett, Laryea, Teibert, and Karifa Yao.

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