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MLS transfer round-up: New York Red Bulls sign Belgium forward

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By Chris Smith

As the 2023 season approaches, MLS teams are hard at work strengthening their rosters.

Every day more and more offers go through so to help you keep up, here are a few you might have missed:

1. RSL has loaned Jaziel Orozco to Santos Laguna of Liga MX

Real Salt Lake have allowed local centre-back Jaziel Orozco to leave the club on a season-long loan deal at Liga MX Santos Lagoon side.

The 18-year-old from Mexico departs having scored 315 minutes for the RSL last season. Orozco thrived mls NEXT Pro level, making 39 appearances for the Real Monarchs and earning the Defender of the Year award.

Orozco has already tested in the past with Santos Laguna, as well as with Liga MX team 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 former Belgian international – signed a contract for the 2026 MLS season with a club option in 2027, in a deal that could become a record RBNY if certain performance indicators are met.

“We are very excited to add Dante to our club,” RBNY head of sports Jochen Schneider said in a club press release. “He is a top-level professional and is highly motivated to showcase his skills here in the United States, we are thrilled to see him on the field soon at the Red Bull Arena.

Vanzeir, 24, arrives having scored 48 goals and 21 assists in 91 appearances for Union SG, having previously represented Beerschot VA, KV Mechelen and Genk in his homeland.

3. NYCFC add Argentine left-back Braian Cufre on loan from Mallorca

NYCFC has lost some 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 buy.

Cufre comes on 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 several years and was one of Argentina’s top talents which earned him a move to Mallorca,” said NYCFC sporting director David Lee in a club press release.

“…Braian is entering the prime of his career and we believe he can continue his development while also having an immediate impact on our team.”

This article was originally posted on 90min.com as MLS transfer round-up: New York Red Bulls sign Belgium forward.