Major League Soccer

MLS transfer roundup: Inter Miami add attacking option, FC Dallas & LAFC swap deal

Lizzy Becherano
Marco Farfan heads to FC Dallas after swap deal with LAFC
Marco Farfan heads to FC Dallas after swap deal with LAFC / Abbie Parr/GettyImages

With the 2022 MLS season quickly approaching, teams are making final adjustments to their rosters.

Inter Miami added another attacking option after the season-long departure of Rodolfo Pizarro, while LAFC and FC Dallas swapped defenders to strengthen their backlines.

Here is the latest on MLS transfers...

1. Inter Miami sign Finland international Robert Taylor

Robert Taylor
Robert Taylor joins Inter Miami / Nils Petter Nilsson/GettyImages

Inter Miami signed Finland international attacker Robert Taylor from Norwegian side Brann to a contract through the 2023 Major League Soccer with a club option for 2024. 

The player will occupy an international slot on the roster, and is set to join the club pending  receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P-1 Visa.

“Robert is a skilful, exciting, chance creator that gives us options in attack as he can excel in different roles as a winger and as a central midfielder. He also adds valuable international experience to the squad as he has featured regularly for the Finnish national team. We are confident his addition will add to our attack and help us succeed,” said Inter Miami Chief Soccer Officer and Sporting Director Chris Henderson.

Taylor has spent his entire career in Europe, featuring for JJK Jyväskylä, Rovaniemen Palloseura, and English clubs Lincoln City and Boston Town. He most recently appeared for Tromsø Idrettslag and Sportsklubben Brann (2020-2021) in the Norwegian first division.

2. LAFC & FC Dallas exchange defenders

Ryan Hollingshead
FC Dallas player Ryan Hollingshead joins LAFC in trade deal / Jeremy Olson/ISI Photos/GettyImages

Los Angeles FC completed a trade with FC Dallas, swapping defender Ryan Hollingshead for Marco Farfan.

Hollingshead, who has spent the last eight seasons with FC Dallas and recorded 18 goals and 15 assists across 193 appearances, will make his way out west to feature for LAFC.

“Ryan is not only known as one of the most versatile and valuable players in MLS but also as a great person and leader,” LAFC co-president & general manager John Thorrington said.

“For these reasons, we are incredibly excited to welcome Ryan, his wife Taylor, and their family to LAFC. We also appreciate what Marco has meant to the club during his time here, which makes the moment bittersweet for us. He is a class act both on and off the field and we wish him all the best in Dallas.”

On the other end, Farfan will head to FC Dallas after one season with the Los Angeles team. The young defender started out as a Portland Timbers homegrown player in 2016 and featured for them in 63 regular-season games before joining LAFC.

3. Houston Dynamo add Zeca to their roster

Houston Dynamo added Brazilian fullback Zeca to the roster ahead of the 2022 MLS season. He joins as a free agent through 2022 with two option years. 

Zeca last featured for Vasco da Gama in Brazil's second division. He made 39 all-competition appearances and tallied four assists.

“Zeca is a versatile outside back that we have been following for many years and we expect him to make an immediate impact on our squad,” general manager Pat Onstad said. 

“He fits our profile for an attacking outside back with a great deal of comfort on the ball, excellent work rate, and a threat in the offensive third. He had a number of offers in Brazil and from clubs around the world and we are excited that he chose to come to Houston.”