Nashville SC has purchased another attacking talent ahead of its first season in Major League Soccer.
The player is Costa Rican speedster Randall Leal, a 22-year-old left winger currently with Saprissa in his native country. He’s 11-times capped by Los Ticos, but is yet to score or assist for his country.
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Leal had been abroad with Belgium’s KV Mechelen, but only managed an assist in 19 matches from 2015-18.
“Randall is an exciting young attacking midfielder with bags of potential,” said Nashville SC general manager Mike Jacobs. “He has the ability to influence matches in a variety of ways and has demonstrated that caliber on both the domestic and international stage.”
He has two goals and two assists in 10 matches this season, and has registered six goals and six assists in 38 matches since coming home from Europe.
Nashville now boasts:
Hany Mukhtar (Designated Player)
The CONCACAF Champions League returned Tuesday with Toronto FC’s 2-0 quarterfinal first leg win in Colorado, and a trio of ties began Wednesday across Panama, Costa Rica, and Honduras.
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Tauro 1-0 FC Dallas
Veteran striker Edwin Aguilar scored a big goal, and goalkeeper Oscar McFarlane did plenty of good things as the Panamanian side struck a wild first blow against its MLS visitors.
Here’s a random fact underscoring how remarkable of a failure this would be for FC Dallas: Only six of Tauro’s roster members have their own Wikipedia page.
Deportivo Saprissa 1-5 Club America
Cecilio Dominguez and Mateus Uribe each bagged a brace, and Renato Ibarra also scored as the tournament’s top team sauntered into and out of Costa Rica on Wednesday. Club America has been to seven CCL finals, and one every single one.
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Honduran hosts hope to have a leg to stand on — pun intended — once the tie heads to Mexico.
Major League Soccer’s stingiest defensive team is adding more and power potency to its attack.
Vancouver has already added Japanese star Masato Kudo, while making a loan move for Honduran attacker Deybi Flores permanent through the transfer market.
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This after scooping up prolific Division II attacker Chris Hellman, Washington midfielder James Moberg, and big Princeton striker Thomas Sanner in the MLS SuperDraft.
And now they’ve signed two-time World Cup veteran Christian Bolanos, 31, who shares the same heritage as Costa Rican ‘Caps call-ups Kendall Waston and Jordan Smith.
“Christian is a proven winner,” said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson. “He’s a player we’ve coveted for a while and we’re delighted to add his wealth of experience to our club. Christian is a natural winger and we expect him to complement our young attacking players very well.”
Depth in attack will be as important as ever for the ‘Caps, who are looking to improve on a second-place finish in the West and a group stage ouster in the CONCACAF Champions League.
Has Bolanos lost his fastball since leaving Copenhagen in 2014? It’s possible, but Bolanos has done fine in Saprissa and continues to receive Los Ticos call-ups. He could be another shrewd Vancouver signing.