Four Brand New Attacks in MLS for 2020
The 2020 MLS winter transfer window has not quite been as star studded as other years, but rather has seen a prolific amount of signings for attacking players. Many of these newcomers could see themselves lining up with their new squad somewhere in their club’s attack by opening day. Below are teams whose attack may come with new faces but a plethora of goals to be scored.
FC Cincinnati: As a team with the fewest goals scored in 2019, FC Cincinnati brought a new look front office and management and became set on signing players who could elevate them to the next level. So what’d they do? Capped off a loan deal for current Bundesliga and ex-Premier League striker Jurgen Locadia. Along with the loan deal there is also an option to buy at the end of the season. Cincy also was able to grab Yuya Kubo away from Belgian Premier League side KAA Gent. Kubo is known to be a creative, advanced forward type player who compliments Locadia as being a distributor first. In a perfect world, him and Locadia could feast off one another. Don’t forget about the free transfer of Adrien Regattin who has spent time between Ligue One and the Super Ligue and could add a goalscoring winger to the club.
LA Galaxy: The biggest firework in the transfer period was when the LA Galaxy announced the Mexican icon “Chicharito” as their incoming replacement for Ibrahimovic. Chicharito has a resume speaks for itself and includes Premier League and Bundesliga appearances along with international heroics. He also adds a level of competition that rivals LAFC who is led by fellow national teammate Carlos Vela. Another addition for the Galaxy was bringing in Alexander Katai from the rebuilding Chicago Fire. Katai had 18 goals and 12 assists in only 62 games for the Fire, providing nearly a stat every other game. Former Orlando City and NYRB midfielder Sacha Kljestan also slides in for midfield depth after signing as a free agent.
Portland Timbers: Brian Fernandez not only got replaced, but Portland actually added two inventive strikers to their attack this offseason. Jaroslaw Niezgoda was added from Legia Warsaw for a reported 4.95m dollars. Just a day later current Pumas Chilean striker Felipe Mora was added for a loan deal used with TAM. Both additions are for high profiled strikers with experience from leagues with a quality level of competition. I imagine we see some variation of a two striker formation with Valeri pulling strings underneath. We also get the Chara brothers together while new addition Yimmy Chara could be featured at an advanced winger position providing depth or support opposite Blanco.
Vancouver Whitecaps: The Whitecaps can finally count on a consistent high scoring striker in town for 2020. Lucas Cavallini was announced as the Whitecaps’ first official transfer of the Winter window and fills a goal scoring gap that has been absent for years. Cristian Dajome from Bogota F.C. arrives as a probable instant starter at LW after scoring 18 goals in less than 100 games. At loan arrives David Milinkovic who had an exceptional 17/18 in Genoa but hasn’t been able to get going since. A new home and fresh start could kickstart a once promising youngster turned journeyman in Vancouver. Number four round draft pick Ryan Roposo also has the chance to earn a position in the XI as apparently he has impressed scouts everywhere he’s been. For now it’s a promising start for Vancouver but only time will tell if this solution can live up to MLS standards in 2020.