Striker Brandon Vazquez, one of Major League Soccer’s (MLS) top scorers this season, signed a three-year contract extension with FC Cincinnati on Thursday.
The 23-year-old American has hit the target 15 times in 25 games, earning him third place in league scoring. He has the highest goal tally in Ohio club history, with 21.
The former Atlanta United FC player said in a statement that he was happy to have made Cincinnati his home. Rumors of a transfer to Mexico have also surfaced over the past few months.
« Getting along with Brandon was our biggest priority this summer as he proved he could be one of the best forwards in the league, » FC Cincinnati general manager Chris Albright said. We owe much of our success this season to his character and his dedication to the game, and we’re excited to have him be a mainstay for us going forward. »
After lean years, the team in orange and blue is showing encouraging signs in 2022. They sit ninth in the Eastern Conference, one point from a playoff berth.
One Uruguayan leaves, another arrives
Los Angeles FC transferred winger Brian Rodriguez to Club America in Liga MX on Wednesday.
The former Designated Young Player joined the City of Angels team in 2019 and has eight goals and 12 assists in 55 games.
The 22-year-old Uruguayan was an important part of LAFC for a few seasons, but with the arrival of players like Gareth Bale and Denis Bouanga, his playing time was bound to decrease.
Also in Los Angeles, the Galaxy have meanwhile acquired the services of defender Martin Caceres, also from Uruguay.
The 35-year-old veteran had been free as air since his spell in Levante, Spain ended on July 1. He defended the colors of several major European clubs during his career, including Juventus and FC Barcelona.
To add Caceres, the Galaxy had to acquire an international player spot, which they obtained from the Chicago Fire in return for a general allocation amount of $50,000.