MLS: an English veteran with Charlotte FC

Charlotte FC completed one of the biggest transfers in their young history when they signed England midfielder Ashley Westwood on Saturday.

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The former Burnley player will play away from England for the first time in his career. The 32-year-old has 286 games behind the tie in the Premier League and over a hundred in the Second Division.

The one who will start a 15e year in the professionals signed for two seasons, with an option for 2025. Since Westwood was out of contract at Burnley, Charlotte acquired his services on a free transfer.

« His experience at the highest level will provide us with valuable leadership qualities, and his game-building skills will allow us to add quality in this key phase of the game, » said sporting director Zoran in a press release. Krneta, happy to see Charlotte becoming an interesting destination.

In the Premier League, with Burnley and Aston Villa, Westwood has provided 12 goals and 32 assists.

A third designated player in Orlando

Orlando City SC welcomed its third Designated Player for 2023, Argentinian left winger Martin Ojeda, on Saturday.

The “Lions” already count on forwards Ercan Kara and Facundo Torres as players with this special status. The 24-year-old newcomer has signed a three-year deal with options for 2026 and 2027.

“Martin is a player we have been targeting for a long time and we are excited to have him join us. He is one of the most promising South American players, with a profile and style of play that matches the identity of our club,” said general manager Luiz Muzzi.

Last season, Ojeda played for Godoy Cruz in his hometown. In 139 professional games, he shook the ropes 35 times in addition to providing 23 assists.

Another Paraguayan in Houston

The Houston Dynamo have expanded their Paraguayan roster by signing winger Ivan Franco on a one-year loan with an option to buy.

The 22-year-old was a teammate at Club Libertad of Sebastian Ferreira, a forward who came to Houston as a Designated Player last year. He also had a good start in Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2022, with 13 goals and three assists.

Franco made 117 appearances for Libertad, winning the Paraguayan championship twice. He added 10 goals and 16 assists to his record.

“Ivan is a promising young offensive talent and we hope he can thrive in our environment in Houston. At his best, Ivan can make a difference and can play in all offensive positions. We look forward to working with him,” Dynamo general manager Pat Onstad wrote.

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