MLS Ticker: TFC Reportedly Trades Pozuelo For Inter Miami, Revs Add DP Strikers And More

Alejandro Pozuelo’s time at Toronto FC has been filled with several highlights but the Spanish playmaker is reportedly facing a move from the Canadian club.

Inter Miami is on the verge of acquiring Pozuelo in a deal with TFC for $150,000 in general allotment money, ESPN reported. Pozuelo’s departure from Toronto FC would open up a place as a designated player in his squad and the club are already linked with the signings of Juventus and Italy striker Federico Bernardeschi to fill the void.

Pozuelo, 30, joined TFC in 2019 and impressed from the start, scoring 12 goals and 12 assists as he led the Reds to an appearance in the MLS Cup Finals. Pozuelo was named the 2020 MLS MVP and recorded nine goals and ten assists in a regular season curtailed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pozuelo’s 2021 season has been plagued by injuries, with the playmaker scoring just one goal in 19 games.

Inter Miami are ninth in the Eastern Conference after Monday’s 1-1 draw with FC Dallas. Pozuelo would be a welcome addition to Phil Neville’s attacking corps, joining Leonardo Campana, Gonzalo Higuain and Indiana Vassilev on the list.

Here’s a closer look at recent MLS news:

Revolution commits Vriani to the designated player deal

The New England Revolution may have bid farewell to forward Adam Buksa but now have a new forward in the long term.

Giacomo Vrioni has joined the Bruce Arena squad from Serie A club Juventus and has signed a contract as the designated player until 2025. Vroni’s contract will also include a one-year club option for 2026 and the player will take up an international squad spot.

The 23-year-old enjoyed a positive loan spell at Austrian Bundesliga side WSG Tirol in 2021/22, scoring 21 goals and providing five assists in all competitions. Vrioni made a total of 13 joint appearances between Juventus first and U-23 teams, having previously played in Serie B and Serie C with Venezia and Pistoiese respectively.

“I’m excited to start this next chapter of my life and career in Boston and Major League Soccer with the New England Revolution,” said Vrioni. “I’ve seen a lot of talented players from Europe achieve success in MLS, so I think 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.”

As a former Albanian youth international, Vrioni has played six caps for the senior national team.

He joins an onslaught of revolution involving Gustavo Bou, Carles Gil and Dylan Borrero.

DC United have signed Griffin Yow to Belgian club KVC Westerlo

Griffin Yow is the latest native MLS product to earn his chance in Europe and sealed a transfer to Belgian club KVC Westerlo on Sunday.

Yow, 19, signed his own deal with DC United in March 2019 and has played for both the first team and USL affiliates Loudoun United. He played a total of 36 games for the Eastern Conference club, scoring three goals and adding one assist.

“We would like to thank Griffin for his years of service to the club, starting as an academy player,” said Lucy Rushton, DC United general manager. “He was one of the first homegrowns to benefit from our Pathway 2 Pro program after breaking into pro football by playing vital minutes with our USL championship team Loudoun United FC. We wish him all the best for the next chapter in his career.”

Born in Virginia, Yow spent four years with DC United Academy (2016–2019) and scored 41 goals in 68 games for the US Soccer Development Academy (USSDA). He also previously had 14 caps with the USA U-17 men’s national team, scoring six goals and taking part in the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Yow joins KVC Westerlo at home-grown MLS product Bryan Reynolds after the former FC Dallas defender was loaned out by AS Roma earlier this off-season.

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