Deals Negotiated Prior To 2019 MLS Secondary Transfer Window.

Miami, Fla. (Tuesday, July 9, 2019) –

The following transactions were negotiated in advance of the opening of the 2019 Major League Soccer’s Secondary Transfer Window (July 9- August 7, 2019):

Columbus Crew SC

  • Acquired Costa Rican winger Luis Diaz from Herediano as a Young Designated Player. According to Jacob Myers of the Columbus Dispatch, the Crew paid a transfer fee of $1 million.
  • Signed 30-year old Curaçao National Team goalkeeper Eloy Room. The Black & Gold officially announced the move last Friday and Room will be officially added to the roster once the summer transfer window opens today (July 9.)

“We are excited to have a player as experienced and proven as Eloy join Columbus Crew SC,” Crew president Tim Bezbatchenko said. “Eloy is a talented goalkeeper whose leadership and shot-stopping ability will help strengthen our Club. We believe Eloy’s background competing at the European and international level will allow him to contribute to Crew SC immediately.”

Room most recently played for PSV Eindhoven from 2017-19 but was out of contract. He was a part of the 2017-18 Eredivisie championship side that qualified for the UEFA Champions League. Prior to joining PSV, Room played for SBV Vitesse of the Eredivisie from 2008-17 and spent the 2013-14 season on loan with the Go Ahead Eagles in Holland. Room made 169 appearances, 159 starts in the Dutch First Division.

He started 20 games in the KNVB Cup and played twice in the UEFA Europa League Qualifiers. The goalkeeper was an important member of the KNVB Cup winners in the 2016-17 season with Vitesse. During the run to the title, Room played in every match, helping Vitesse win its first KNVB Cup in 125 years.

Room’s should be a familiar name to those who followed the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Room started all four matches of the tournament for Curaçao, including the 1-0 loss to the United States in the quarterfinals. The goalkeeper made 26 saves in a surprising four-game run. Overall, Room has earned 30 caps for the Curaçao National Team, including nine clean sheets. He also featured internationally for the Netherlands at the Under-20 level.

Room’s addition to the Crew roster will be part of the plan to bolster the goalkeeper position after U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Zack Steffen was sold to Manchester City of the English Premier League in the offseason for a record fee. Steffen won the 2018 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award. Steffen made his final appearance for Columbus in 2-2 draw with New York City FC on June 1.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

  • Reached a deal to make Iraqi left-back Ali Adnan‘s loan a permanent move from Serie A Club Udinese.

The multi-million dollar transaction sets a new record for the fullback position. Although the exact figure is unknown, it is thought that the the transfer fee is somewhere in the vicinity of $2-2.5 Million USD. The new contract runs through the end of the 2021 season, with an option for 2022. Adnan will now occupy a Designated Player slot for Vancouver. He was unable to feature for the club last weekend due to a gap in his initial loan expiring on June 30th and the transfer window opening today, at which point he is now once again eligible.

Part of what made the Ali Adnan move possible was the “buying down” of Joaquin Ardaiz’s Young Designated Player contract,which freed up a Designated Player Spot that the Whitecaps could then use on Adnan.

“Ali has been a great addition to our club since arriving in March” said Marc Dos Santos “He understands our defensive principles and has an incredible ability to join the attack, create in the last third, which is very important for teams that want to have an impact offensively using their fullbacks.”

FC Cincinnati

  • Acquired centre-back Maikel van der Werff.

Van der Werfff was acquired using Targeted Allocation Money (“TAM”). He will be added to the active roster pending the receipt of his P1-Visa and International Transfer Certificate (“ITC”) when the Secondary Transfer Window opens today (July 9th).

Van der Werff, 30, spent the last seven seasons in the Netherlands’ Eredivisie with Vitesse (2015-19) and PEC Zwolle (2013-15). In the recently concluded 2018-19 season, van der Werff made 30 appearances for Vitesse across all competitions, where he scored four goals and added four assists. He has captured two Dutch Cups, one Johan Cruyff Shield and most recently wore the captain’s armband for Vitesse for parts of the 2018-19 season. A native of Hoorn, Netherlands, van der Werff will occupy an international roster spot on FC Cincinnati’s roster.

“We are pleased to be able to add a quality player and we’d like to welcome Maikel to FC Cincinnati,” FC Cincinnati General Manager Gerard Nijkamp said. “He brings a high level of experience and leadership to our backline and will be an excellent addition as we solidify our style of play. We look forward to integrating Maikel with our current group and eagerly anticipate his future as an FC Cincinnati player.”

“I’m very happy and proud with this move to FC Cincinnati,” van der Werff said. “I was able to visit for the match against the LA Galaxy and the atmosphere was great. I’m looking forward to playing and being part of this team.”

Van der Werff has a combined 247 first-team appearances, including 207 starts, during the course of his 11 professional seasons in the Netherlands. He has scored 23 goals and added 19 assists across all competitions with Vitesse, PEC Zwolle and Dutch second-tier side FC Volendam (2008-13).

FC Dallas

  • Acquired Ghanian winger Edwin Gyasi.

Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia agreed to loan winger Edwin Gyasi to FC Dallas with an option to buy for the MLS side. Born in Amsterdam, Netherlands to Ghanaian parents, the Ghanaian midfielder has 5 caps for the Ghana National Team. He made his senior debut for the Black Stars on Sept. 5, 2017, and scored his first international goal in a World Cup Qualifier versus Egypt on Nov. 12, 2017.

Edwin Gyasi

Gyasi, 27, has played for De Graafschap, FC Twente, Roda JC, and Aalesund as well as other clubs during his career prior to joining CSKA Sofia. Gyasi played more than 50 games for Sofia, scoring 6 goals and adding 10 assists.

FC Dallas used Targeted Allocation Money (“TAM”) to complete the loan deal. He will be eligible to add to Dallas’ roster pending receipt of his ITC and P-1 Visa.

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Atlanta United FC

  • Signed former US youth national team star Emerson Hyndman.

Atlanta signed former US youth national team star Emerson Hyndman on a loan from AFC Bournemouth of the English Premier League. Atlanta has the option to purchase at the end of this season.

Hyndman was part of the FC Dallas Youth Academy. Atlanta acquired Hyndman’s Discovery Rights from Dallas in exchange for an international roster slot in 2019 and 2020 and $200,000 in General Allocation Money.

The 23-year-old began his professional career with Fulham Football Club in 2014 and played two seasons in London with the English Championship side before moving up to the Premier League with Bournemouth in 2016. However, his career with the Cherries never materialized and he played in just eight games for the club.

Hyndman was loaned by Bournemouth to Glasgow Rangers in 2016-17 and Hibernian in 2018-19, playing a total of 36 games in Scotland, with five goals and four assists.

Hyndman has two appearances for the U.S. men’s national team.

“We’re excited to bring a talented young player like Emerson in to bolster our midfield,” club vice president and technical director Carlos Bocanegra said in a prepared statement. “In addition to his technical, on-the-ball abilities, he performed well in two physically demanding leagues in the Scottish Premiership and English Championship.”

Atlanta manager Frank de Boer has said any player he signs is expected to be able to contribute right away. Thus, expect Hyndman to join the rotation with Julian Gressel, Darlington Nagbe, Eric Remedi and Jeff Larentowicz as a box-to-box player. He is eligible to appear for the Five Stripes beginning today when the Major League Soccer secondary transfer window opens.

San Jose Earthquakes

  • Added Mexican winger Carlos Fierro.

San Jose has signed Mexican winger Carlos Fierro for an undisclosed transfer fee, using Targeted Allocation Money. Fierro can be added to San Jose’s roster once he receives his P-1 Visa and ITC.

Fierro has previously played for Earthquakes head coach Matias Almeyda. The midfielder made 64 appearances for Almeyda from 2015-18 and 11 under Quakes assistant coach Benjamin Galindo (2013) while competing for Chivas de Guadalajara.

“I know Carlos from my time at Chivas,” said Almeyda. “I know him as a person and as a professional. I know he can help us a lot with his style of play. He’s a player that I can use in various positions. I thank the club and the effort they made to be able to buy him. Hopefully he does a great job, which is what everyone hopes for.”

Carlos Fierro

Fierro, 24, has been a part of several trophy-winning teams in his native Mexico, helping his former clubs claim a trio of Copa MX titles (2015, 2016, 2017) and one Liga MX championship (2017).

In addition to club success, Fierro has made significant contributions to Mexico’s youth level national teams, having been a selection at the U-17, U-20 and U-23 levels, scoring four goals in 14 total appearances. He was a key player for Mexico at the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup, where Mexico finished with a perfect 7-0-0 record and became the first host nation to win that championship. Fierro scored twice in the Group Stage, the game-winning goal in the Round of 16, and the game-winning goal in the Quarterfinals to earn the Bronze Ball as the tournament’s third most outstanding player. He later helped Mexico win the 2013 Concacaf U-20 Championship with a perfect 6-0-0 record, including a 3-1 victory over the United States in the Final.

Fierro most recently played for Monarcas Morelia of Mexico’s Liga MX on loan from Cruz Azul. During his one year with Morelia, the midfielder scored one goal and contributed four assists in 32 appearances across Liga MX and Copa MX competitions.

A native of Guadalajara, Fierro originally joined the Chivas youth academy in 2008, later making his first team debut in August of 2011 at the age of 17. During his first professional season, Apertura 2011, he was the club’s most often used substitute. Fierro made 135 appearances for Chivas between 2011-15, tallying 11 goals and 13 assists and helping the club win the Apertura 2015 Copa MX Final, two months after Almeyda’s arrival.

MLS Secondary Transfer Window Now Open.

Miami, Fla. (Tuesday, July 9, 2019) –

The Major League Soccer secondary transfer window opens today, Tuesday, July 9 and runs through August 7, 2019. Clubs are now permitted to register new signings.

Pursuant to FIFA regulations, in order to complete a signing, loan or transfer, an MLS club must request an International Transfer Certificate (“ITC”) from the national association where the player was last registered. For example, a player being transferred from Real Betis to an MLS side would need an ITC issued by the Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF). This is known as the International Clearance Process. (See more at kennethrusso.com/fifa-regulations-on-the-transfer-of-players/)

A team may have negotiated and completed a deal prior to the transfer window; receipt of a player’s ITC is required in order to add a player to the official roster and for that player to be eligible to play in competitive matches.

A number of deals have already been completed leading up to the window. Deals completed

Intra-League Trades Also Open

Coinciding with the opening of the transfer window, the trade window within MLS for players once again is open, and runs until August 8th.

As a reminder, trades for non-player assets, including international roster slots, allocation money, allocation order slots and MLS SuperDraft picks, can take place any time and are not restricted by the transfer window periods.

Roster Freeze On The Horizon.

The 2019 Roster Freeze Date is August 30, 2019, at which time clubs must submit their final 30-man roster. Rosters cannot be changed from that date through the day after MLS Cup.

Major League Soccer Enacts Changes To Sponsorship Guidelines To Allow Gaming And Alcohol Sponsors.

By Kenneth Russo, June 26, 2019 –

In a major policy shift, Major League Soccer enacted changes to its commercial sponsorship guidelines. Under the changes adopted, the 26 clubs will be allowed to contract for shirt and stadium naming rights sponsorships with sports betting and liquor companies. Both of these types of entities can now be prominently displayed on the shirts of MLS clubs and also be considered as potential stadium naming rights sponsors. The sponsorship policy changes take effect immediately.

It is customary across the globe to have shirts and kits (uniforms) with corporate sponsors. In North America, the only sport outside of soccer to have any form of corporate uniform sponsorship is the NBA. The basketball league began sponsorship patches on the front of its teams’ uniforms in 2017, and the program has been regarded as a success for the teams.

Up until this past Wednesday, MLS Clubs were prohibited from doing business with gambling and spirits brands. However, beer and wine companies were not on the list of prohibited sponsors, and from a policy standpoint, the arbitrary line drawn on alcohol-related sponsors was likely hard to rationalise. However, allowing sponsorships from gambling companies represents a major policy shift, and a position very different from the other North American Professional sports leagues, who have gone out of their way over the years to disassociate themselves from sports wagering. (For years Las Vegas was even off limits as a potential home to a professional sports franchise due to its connections with legalised gambling.)

What is behind these changes? MLS views itself as an innovative, creative league. “We want to be viewed as a progressive league, and provide our clubs with an appropriate level of flexibility,” Carter Ladd, the league’s senior Vice President of Business Development, was quoted as saying. “We don’t want to be restrictive; we want to enable them in a positive way, and that’s why we’re taking this action… We strongly believe this is going to help drive new revenues.”

Activating sponsorship agreements with gambling and alcohol companies does have it challenges and sensitive points, in particular, marketing such products to children or the perception of same. For that reason, the revised guidelines have certain restrictions. MLS is taking steps to ensure all advertising by such sponsors is directed toward an “age-appropriate audience,” it said. For example, youth-sized replica shirts will not be allowed to have such sponsors; neither will the shirts of uniforms worn by clubs’ academy and youth players. Additionally, MLS will also restrict players under the age of 21 from appearing in any alcohol-related advertising or digital content, and no players are allowed to appear in sports betting-related marketing.

Ladd told Fortune Magazine recently that the league feels it is “uniquely positioned in the North American sports landscape” to benefit from changing attitudes – particularly toward sports gambling, which he noted has long “been embraced as part of the fabric of the game” in other countries.

Furthermore in May 2018, the United States Supreme Court in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, 584 U.S. ____ (2018) overturned the federal ban on sports betting. Since then, 15 states and the District of Columbia have now authorised betting in some form, according to the American Gaming Association.

The sports betting market represents a two-pronged opportunity for MLS: as a revenue generator and as a fan engagement tool. The sports betting market is really in its infancy in the U.S., and MLS wants to be on the forefront of the potential creates. In March 2019, the league announced a multi-year deal with MGM Resorts that made MGM its first “official gaming partner,” The new MLS regulations make it easier for its teams to reach similar deals of their own.

It should be noted that MLS clubs will still be subject to their own states’ laws governing sports gambling. Another issue is the fact that sports betting is not legal in Canada, and this potentially complicates matters for the three Canada-based MLS clubs, including raising the question of whether a Canadian MLS team could have an American-based gambling sponsor.

For a list of the permissible types of activities the league’s new rules will allow, please link to: russo law and soccer: mls-sponsorship-guidelines/

One of the most distinctive activities that will be allowed by these rules changes is that MLS clubs are now allowed to establish in-stadium sports betting facilities, in connection with licensed gambling operators, in jurisdictions that permit such establishments. Washington, D.C. is one such place. Ted Leonsis, who owns the NBA’s Washington Wizards and the NHL’s Washington Capitals, plans to open such a facility within Capital One Arena, the downtown venue shared by both of his teams.

“Right now, we want to take advantage of the widespread legalization of sports betting in the U.S.,” Ladd said, adding that the league will “pursue best practices to protect the integrity of the game.”

Asked about MLS’s more accommodating stance toward spirits, Ladd pointed to data indicating that Americans’ tastes are drifting more toward liquor, which has steadily been taking market share from beer and wine. “Part of what drove our thinking is the research we did on where the [alcohol] industry is going,” he said. “As social mores change, there’s less of a line between beer and wine, and spirits.

MLS already has a league-wide sponsorship agreement in place with Heineken Beer. Ladd opined he anticipates the league’s new guidelines to “double, if not triple our revenues” from spirits sponsors, which he currently placed in the “seven-figure range.”

We should expect MLS clubs to start announcing new sports betting and liquor sponsorships before the end of this year.

Reports Emerge Of Second Player Signing by Inter Miami CF

Miami, Fla. (25 June 2019) – Kenneth Russo

A report broadcast today by Radio La Red AM 910 in Buenos Aires (Twitter @radiolared) states that Argentine club Estudiantes De La Plata are close to reaching an agreement with Inter Miami CF that will bring winger Matías Pellegrini to the new MLS club.

The deal is reportedly for $10 million USD. Pellegrini would leave Estudiantes in February 2020 in time to join the Rosa y Negra for their debut in MLS in March 2020. Club Estudiantes de La Plata would also receive 10 percent of any future transfer of the player by Inter Miami.

Neither club has made any comment about the alleged deal. This is the second reported transfer of a player to Inter Miami. Last Friday, TyC Sports reported that Inter Miami and Club Atlético Banfield had reached a deal for Julián Carranza.

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Pellegrini, who turned 19 on March 11th, is a native of Magdalena, Argentina. His primary positions are as a left winger and centre forward. He was promoted to the first team in August 2018, having been part of Estudiantes’ reserve (U20) squad prior to that. His first goal as a professional cane against Boca Juniors. He has made 15 appearances for Estudiantes this season, with three goals and one assist. He has logged 1,053 minutes across all competitions (903’ in Primera División and 150’ in the Copa Libertadores).

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If true, and if the report from last Friday concerning attacker Julián Carranza’s transfer from CA Banfield is also accurate, then Inter will have spent $16 million USD to bring two young, talented and promising players from Argentina to Inter Miami. It’s a pretty strong statement about the club’s desire to make an immediate impact in MLS during the first season. It also mirrors the types of moves Sporting Director Paul McDonough made in his previous role with Atlanta United FC.

While there is no confirmation either of this transaction or Carranza’s, it is relevant to note that the summer transfer window in Argentina runs from July 3 to Sept. 24, 2019. Also, for MLS, the secondary transfer window is from July 9 to Aug. 7, 2019, and any deal, even if already agreed to, would generally not be announced until the window is open.

Here are clips from a recent game Pellegrini played for Estudiantes against Racing and a longer video featuring some of the player’s highlights from this season:

Update: Friday, July 12, 2019: Argentine sports media outlet TyC Sports continues to report that Pellegrini’s signing could be announced quickly and that the deal includes performance objectives that, if met, could make the deal worth $13 million dollars to Estudiantes de la Plata.

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Según un reporte ayer de TyC Sports (🇦🇷), Estudiantes de la Plata avanza con la multimillonaria venta de Matías Pellegrini al Inter de Miami, que quiere desembolsar millones de dólares para quedarse con él. El juvenil de 19 años del Pincharrata, con solamente 23 partidos en el primer equipo, no tardó en despertar el interés del fútbol del exterior, y Inter Miami estaba atento. El volante por izquierda podría dejarle al club cerca de 13 millones de dólares con su partida al nuevo equipo de la MLS, propiedad de David Beckham, que empieza en la cancha por primera vez la temporada que viene. Estudiantes y Inter Miami podría cerrarse en breve una operación que, con las variables por objetivos, se acercaría a los 13 millones de dólares. Quede sintonizado aquí y clique en el bio para más. | According to a report yesterday from Argentina, Estudiantes de La Plata are advancing on the multimillion dollar sale of Matías Pellegrini to Inter Miami CF, who are ready to spend millions in order to acquire him. The 19-year-old from Pincharrata has played only 23 games on the first team but hasn’t delayed in attracting the interests of those outside of his country, with Inter Miami being very attentive. The left-winger would be able to bring to Estudiantes around $13 million with his departure for the new MLS club co-owned by David Beckham that takes the pitch for the first time next season. Estudiantes and Inter Miami can shortly close a deal that, with performances incentives could approach $13 million USD. #transferencia #MLS #InterMiamiCF #comunicaciones #transfer #Estudiantes #Pellegrini #soccerbusiness

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Player 001? Report indicates Inter Miami CF and Club Atlético Banfield have agreed on transfer of promising striker.

Miami, Fla. (Saturday, June 22, 2019) –

According to Argentine Sports Network TyCSports, Inter Miami have agreed on a $6 Million USD deal with Club Atlético Banfield for striker Julián Carranza. The 19-year-old will join the Rosa y Negra for the 2020 season. If true, this would make him the first signing by the new Miami side. There has been no official word from Inter Miami as of the time of this writing.

The deal reportedly includes additional compensation to be paid by Inter should Carranza meet certain performance bonuses. Also included is a ten percent sell-on clause in the event of a future transfer.

There has been much anticipation that Inter Miami were close to making a first signing announcement. In recent weeks. seemingly every well-known player at the end of his contract or being discussed as a transfer target has been linked with Inter Miami. However, something about this report seems more likely to be true, considering Sporting Director Paul McDonough’s history in building the roster of Atlanta United FC, and insights he has shared regarding the anticipated presence of South American players on the Inter Miami roster. McDonough’s building of the Atlanta United roster set the trend for big money signings of both established players (ex. Pity Martinez) and young players with great potential (ex. Ezequiel Barco) from Argentina.

According to sources, Italian Serie A side Genoa were targeting Carranza, having also been in Argentina and negotiating to sign Pedro De La Vega from Lanús.

To add credibility to this report, Carranza was definitely in Miami in recent days, posting this picture from the Wynwood Walls on his Instagram account:

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Here is a video from Youtube that shows some clips from Carranza’s 2018-2019 season with Banfield.

Carranza, who turned 19 in May, is in his second season as a professional. He joined the senior squad of Banfield in 2017. Since then, he has made 29 career appearances for them, scoring 8 goals. He has logged 1,871 minutes across all competitions. Carranza featured in two matches for the Argentina U17 team at the 2017 South American Championship in Chile, and has also trained with the U20 team.

Prior to playing as a professional with El Taladro, Carranza came through Banfield’s academy system. He would join Inter Miami at the end of 2019 in order to be ready for the Rosa y Negra’s inaugural season in MLS in March 2020.

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Chicago Fire and Village of Bridgeview Reach Agreement on Lease Buyout

Miami, Fla. June 4, 2019

The Chicago Fire will pay the Village of Bridgeview $60.5 million to break its SeatGeek Stadium lease, per a local report, paving the way for a move to Soldier Field in the short term — and a new home for the MLS team potentially down the road.

The Bridgeview Village Board unanimously agreed to the terms of a buyout of the lease yesterday, providing financial certainty to both the team and the village. Under the terms of the agreement, the Fire will pay $10 million upfront and the balance paid off over the next 15 years. In addition, the team will pay $5 million annually for the use of the stadium for practices. From the Des Plaines Valley News:

Mayor Steve Landek called the agreement “a fair deal for everybody.”

“We like to see the Fire unleash its potential out in the whole market. I think it’s good for the Fire. I think it’s good for Bridgeview. Most of all, it relieves any of our angst over the stadium debt.

“Sometimes, we live and die with the success of the Fire. If they have a good year, we have a good year. If they have a bad year, we all are suffering. This, I think, will be a good idea for everybody,” Landek said.

The agreement, according to Bridgeview officials, allows for SeatGeek Stadium debt to be paid off without the need for additional property taxes. In addition, there’s potentially more revenue down the road if the Fire develops a new stadium within 35 miles of SeatGeek Stadium.

For the Fire, the lease buyout frees the team to make both short-term and new long-term plans. Short term, the team is likely to commit to Soldier Field, home of the NFL’s Chicago Bears, until a new stadium is prepped. The former Michael Reese Hospital site on Lake Shore Drive, just south of McCormick Place, has been under city ownership since it was purchased as part of a failed bid for the 2016 Olympics. It has not been redeveloped thus far, but a new Fire stadium could be part of the solution. Chicago Planning and Development Commissioner David Reifman, who is resigning from his post, mentioned a potential Fire stadium during an interview on Monday. However, he labeled it a “long-term idea” and cautioned that any future redevelopment of the site will be complex, likely requiring multiple uses. Sounds like the sort of large-scale development challenge MLS officials love.

The Fire has struggled at the gate in recent years. This season the Fire has drawn just 11,298 fans per match to date, last in the MLS.

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Real Betis goleó al DC United en partido amitoso al Audi Field.

Washington, D.C. – Thursday, May 23, 2019

No puede decir mucho sobre un partido amitoso, pero este partido fue interesante al menos. El Real Betis disputaba miércoles 22 de mayo ante el DC United, el primero de los dos encuentros amistosos programados en su gira por los Estados Unidos. Tras concluir el pasado fin de semana la competición liguera, los verdiblancos visitaban hoy miércoles el Audi Field para medirse al segundo clasificado de la Conferencia Este del campeonato norteamericano. Fue un partido entretenido y vistoso en el que el los verdiblancos demostraron su superioridad.

Loren adelantó a los verdiblancos cuando se cumplía el primer cuarto de hora y en el minuto 36 apareció Sergio León para hacer el segundo, llegándose al descanso con clara ventaja para el Betis.

En el inicio de la segunda parte, el D.C. United acortó distancias en el marcador con el tanto de Yow, pero el equipo de Heliópolis siguió mostrando su superioridad y Joaquín, en el minuto 63, logró el 1-3.

Poco después, replicó el equipo de Washington con el tanto de Amarikwa, pero Bartra, de penalti, y Robert, éste con una vistosa jugada, se encargaron de finiquitar el encuentro.

Tras este partido en Washington D.C., los verdiblancos viajarán el sábado al estado de Tennessee para enfrentarse al Chattanooga FC y cerrar la aventura en Estados Unidos para posteriormente iniciar las vacaciones.

Lineups:

DC United: Seitz; Ward, Verfurth, Robinson (Presley, m. 52), Odoi Atsem (Saravia, m. 65); Stieber (Kadono, m. 52), Moreno, McCann, Segura (Yow, m. 32), Arriola (Omar Campos, m. 91), Amarikwa.

Real Betis: Pau López (Joel Robles, m. 46); Emerson (Francis, m. 65), Bartra, Feddal, Sidnei (Calderón, m. 65), Tello (Abreu, m. 79); Javi García (Rodri, m. 79), Guardado (Kaptoum, m. 59), Joaquín (Roberto, m. 65); Loren (Jesé, m. 46) y Sergio León (Raúl, m. 46).

Goles: 0-1 (15′) Loren. 0-2 (36′) Sergio León. 1-2 (46′) Yow. 1-3 (63′) Joaquín. 2-3 (68′) Amarikwa. 2-4 (71′) Bartra, de penalti. 2-5 (75′) Robert.

Árbitro: Guido González Jr. Amonestó a Joel Robles por parte del Real Betis y a Orlando Sinclair en el DC United


For DC United, their starting lineup looked very different than it usually does, with many young players earning some of their first minutes for the side. While it was a 5-2 defeat for the Black-and-Red, they created some impressive chances and two players earned their first goals for D.C. United.

Griffin Yow, a 16-year old striker, making only his second appearance for DC, came in as a substitute for Ulises Segura in the 31st minute. He scored D.C. United’s first goal of the match at the start of the second half. Yow intercepted the ball off a goalkeeper throw and set up his shot just outside the 18-yard box. The ball took a favourable deflection off a Real Betis defender and soared past the goalkeeper into the far corner of the net. Quincy Amarikwa, who has been a frequent substitute for D.C. United in MLS matches, scored DC’s second goal in the 59th. Orlando Sinclair’s shot deflected off the goalkeeper, off the crossbar, and then found the head of Amarikwa, who put it into the back of the net.

Head Coach Ben Olsen spoke highly of Yow’s performance:

“I thought he was great tonight,” Olsen said after the match. He added:

“That’s why we were keen on signing him and we’re excited to continue working with him to get him to where he needs to be… which is getting real minutes with the first team. He looked comfortable in his own skin out there. He’s clever, technically gifted and has a good feel for the game. We have to work on his physicality and he has some lessons to learn defensively… but he’s going to be fun to work with.”

Ben Olsen, Head Coach, DC United.