David Ochoa’s MLS career has stalled, but a move to the Eastern Conference could be the spark the Mexico international keeper needs to get back on track.
Ochoa joined DC United on a permanent transfer from Real Salt Lake, joining the Eastern Conference club in exchange for $75,000 in 2023 General Allocation Money (GAM). His contract with DC United will continue for the rest of the 2022 season, and if he signs a new contract for 2023, RSL will receive an additional $300,000 in total GAM between the next two years.
RSL also holds a 25% selling fee, should DC United permanently transfer Ochoa out of MLS.
“David is an extremely talented and competitive goaltender,” said Dave Kasper, President of Soccer Operations. “We believe he has the ability to make an immediate impact for us this season, and someone we see as a viable option for us in the longer term as we assess the goalkeeper position beyond of 2022.”
Ochoa signed a Homegrown contract with Real Salt Lake in November 2018 to lead USL affiliate Real Monarchs to the 2019 USL Championship title. Ochoa has made 45 MLS league appearances since making his professional debut in November 2020, recording six blank sheets.
A former U.S. national youth team player, Ochoa has since shifted his international allegiance to Mexico, featuring twice for El Tri’s U21 team. His move to DC United gives new head coach Wayne Rooney a young goalkeeper, with veteran Bill Hamid ruled out through injury.
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Revolution loans Altidore to Puebla in Liga MX
Jozy Altidore’s time with the New England Revolution hasn’t gone to plan and the American striker will now travel to Mexico to try and earn some regular playing time ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Altidore has joined Puebla in Liga MX on loan for the remainder of 2022, the Revolution announced on Friday. The 32-year-old joined the Revolution in February but only made four starts and scored one goal for the Bruce Arena side.
Altidore, a longtime striker for the United States men’s national team, earned 115 caps for his country, tallying 42 goals. For his MLS career, Altidore has totaled 78 goals and 25 assists in 193 regular season games.
Gustavo Bou and Giacomo Vrioni have been the headliners of the Revolution’s attacking front this season, particularly after Adam Buksa’s transfer earlier this summer. Attacking midfielder Carles Gil is also one of the best in his role in MLS, with four goals and 11 assists in the league this season.
Austin FC add striker DP Rigoni
Austin FC added a new face to their forward squad on Friday, acquiring Emiliano Rigoni from Brazilian Serie A club São Paulo.
Rigoni, 29, joins Austin FC on a Designated Player contract, signing until the 2024 MLS season with options in 2025 and 2026. He will take an international spot in Josh Wolff’s squad and take the place of Cecilio Dominguez, who mutually parted ways with the club earlier in July.
Rigoni started his professional career with Club Atlético Belgrano in his native Argentina in 2013, before also playing for Independiente. Rigoni played alongside Austin FC midfielder Sebastián Driussi during his spell with Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg, helping the club win three league championships, a Russian Cup and a Russian Super Cup. Russia from 2019 to 21.
“We are very happy to welcome Emiliano and his family to Austin,” said Austin FC sporting director Claudio Reyna. “He’s a winger with a lot of quality and experience in some of the top leagues in the world. His ability suits our style of play perfectly.”
Austin FC remains in contention for the top spot in the Western Conference this season.
Minnesota United signs Lod to extend contract
Robin Lod has been a key part of Minnesota United’s 2022 season so far and the Finland international was rewarded with a new multi-year deal on Friday.
Lod has signed a new three-year contract with a club option, the Loons announced on Friday. The 29-year-old joined the Loons in July 2019 and has tallied 22 goals and 12 assists in 75 regular season appearances for Adrian Heath’s side.
“I can’t add much to what I’ve said in the past – he’s a consummate professional, an incredibly intelligent footballer,” head coach Adrian Heath said in a statement. “Wherever we play him on the pitch, he contributes in a positive way. Pound for pound, he could be one of the best signings we’ve made since we’ve been in Minnesota.
Lod has won 58 caps for his native Finland, tallying five goals in his international career.
The Loons are on a seven-match unbeaten streak in all competitions, tallying five wins in their last six league games.
- Former New York Red Bulls goalkeeper David Jensen has joined Turkish club Istanbulspor on a permanent deal. Jensen, 30, made 11 appearances for the Red Bulls after moving from FC Utrecht.