MLS transfer roundup: New York Red Bulls sign Belgium international forward
By Chris Smith
With the 2023 season fast approaching, MLS teams are hard at work bolstering their rosters.
Every day, more and more deals go through so to help you keep up, here are some you may have missed:
1. RSL loan Jaziel Orozco to Liga MX's Santos Laguna
Real Salt Lake have allowed homegrown center-bac Jaziel Orozco to leave the club for a season-long loan to Liga MX side Santos Laguna.
The 18-year-old Mexico native departs having notched 315 minutes with RSL last season. Orozco thrived at MLS NEXT Pro level, making 39 appearances with the Real Monarchs and earning the Defender of the Year award.
Orozco has previously trialed with Santos Laguna in the past, as well as fellow Liga MX outfit Tigres.
2. New York Red Bulls sign forward Dante Vanzeir as DP from Union SG
The New York Red Bulls have significantly strengthened their forward line with the signing of Dante Vanzeir from Belgian side Union SG.
Vanzeir - a one-time Belgium international - has signed a deal through the 2026 MLS season with a club option on 2027, in a deal that could become an RBNY record should certain performance markers be hit.
"We are very excited to add Dante to our club," RBNY head of sport Jochen Schneider said in a club press release. "He is a top-class professional and is highly motivated to show his skills here in the United States, we are excited to see him on the pitch at Red Bull Arena soon.
Vanzeir, 24, arrives having registered 48 goals and 21 assists in 91 appearances for Union SG, while he's previously represented Beerschot V.A, KV Mechelen, and Genk in his homeland.
3. NYCFC add Argentine left-back Braian Cufre on loan from Mallorca
NYCFC have lost a few key defensive pieces this winter, so it's no surprise to see them make moves in that area.
The 2021 MLS Cup champions have signed Argentine left-back Braian Cufre on loan from Mallorca until the end of the 2023 season with an option to purchase.
Cufre joins with plenty of pedigree, having also played for Velez prior to his time in Spain.
“We are delighted to welcome Braian to the Club. He is a player we have followed for a number of years and was one of the top talents in Argentina, which earned him the move to Mallorca," NYCFC sporting director David Lee said in a club press release.
"... Braian is entering the prime of his career and we believe that he can continue his development while also making an immediate impact on our team."