Orlando City is getting close to signing a veteran striker in the form of Argentine scorer German Cano, according to manager Oscar Pareja.
Cano has spent the last two seasons lighting up the scoreboard for longtime club Independiente Medellin, where he’s scored 94 times in 134 games in two stints (2012-14 and 2018-19).
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Cano will be 32 at the start of the season, and recorded 19 goals and six assists in parts of four seasons in Liga MX.
So there’s no guarantee he’ll walk into MLS and be Orlando’s missing striker, but Pareja will have a keen understanding of Cano due to their shared lineage at Independiente. Pareja was also born in Medellin.
Can he combine with Nani and Dom Dwyer to light up the scoreboard? Pareja has organized the right pieces at two different MLS clubs, but doing it in Orlando would be his biggest achievement.
The Chicago Fire could make a big splash this MLS offseason or next summer with the latest name rumored to head to the Windy City.
According to a report from The Athletic, the Fire are in negotiations once more to sign Colombian playmaker Juan Fernando Quintero. The Fire nearly signed Quintero last July but reportedly couldn’t agree on a transfer fee with Quintero’s parent club, Porto.
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Quintero is currently in the midst of a career revival. Following his impressive debut for Los Cafeteros at the 2014 World Cup, Quintero was hailed as the next star after James Rodriguez for Colombia. But he nearly fell off the map for both club and country, and there were rumors he was ready to quit soccer to pursue a music career.
In January 2017, he returned on loan to his native Colombia to play for Indepediente Medellin, arch rivals of his former side Atletico Nacional. Since coming home, he’s found some of his old form that made jaws drop both in South America and abroad, scoring 13 goals in 25 league matches and another two goals in five Copa Sudamericana matches.
The report states that it appeared Quintero would move to Sevilla in the upcoming transfer window with his loan to Indepediente complete, but Sevilla has reportedly turned its sights on Wesley Sneijder, leaving Quintero available for a club like the Fire.
The Fire meanwhile are looking to make a splash this offseason, with Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas even mentioned as a possible signing.
Bastian Schweinsteiger is currently a free agent, though there’s a chance he could return for another season as well.