New Mexico United of the USL Championship loaned Carl Fred Sainté to North Texas SC for the remainder of the season.
A two-month loan with an option to buy, the move is prompted by a late-season push for the league title.
The 20-year-old Haitian midfielder won the Haitian League title with Violette Athletic Club before moving to New Mexico in January.
Sainté’s rise to stardom in Haiti earned him a national team call-up in March around the same time he made his debut for the NMU.
Since then, Sainté has amassed just five appearances for NMU and is struggling to find a role in their line-up behind Uganda international Micheal Azira.
Naturally a deep midfielder, Sainté excels at disrupting his opponent’s construction game.
That’s certainly his biggest selling point, making Sainté a calculated addition to a North Texas team that has struggled with the team’s defense.
His abilities don’t stop there as he is an excellent passer, dribbler and finisher of the ball.
Here he starts his run in midfield before beating three defenders on the way to goal:
Every goal he scores is a masterclass and his ability to transition from defensive end to counter-attacker will work well in Pa-Modou Kah’s system.
The move comes after weeks of rotating midfielders until the final game saw Blaine Ferri leave the squad roster before starting 16- and 17-year-old Alejandro Urzua and Jared Aguilar.
While their involvement has been successful for North Texas, this midfielder has been a concern all season, especially on the defensive end.
Sainté will have plenty of opportunities to get involved in the coming weeks and could well become a starter in the playoffs.
With this loan move, North Texas has shown its investment not just in being a development team, but in its desire to win a trophy this season.
Hopefully Sainté will prove to be the missing piece.