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South American newcomers primed for highly anticipated MLS debuts

Major League Soccer (MLS)

Major League Soccer (MLS) clubs made some major transfer-market moves this offseason, and the fruits of those record acquisitions will be on full display across the league this opening weekend with the shining introductions of some must-see new young international talents.

Among them will be FC Cincinnati’s splashing Young Designated Player signing of 21-year-old Brazilian forward Brenner, who could be the exact solution to the scoring woes that saw Cincinnati score the fewest goals among all MLS clubs last year and finish at the bottom of Eastern Conference standings in the last two consecutive seasons. The highly touted youth international, who scored 11 goals in 27 appearances with São Paulo FC last season, is one of the most expensive South American players in league history, and he will get his first taste of MLS action when FC Cincinnati face Nashville SC on Saturday, April 17 (8:30 p.m. ET, MLS Live on ESPN+).

Expansion club Austin FC is raring to make some serious noise during its inaugural season after signing 25-year-old Argentine midfielder Tomás Pochettino – a Boca Juniors U-20 product who has made his presence known on some of the biggest South American stages for Club Atlético Talleres. Pochettino scored seven goals with 10 assists including a goal and two assists in the 2019 CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores, in addition to his three goals and four assists in the 2020-21 Copa Diego Maradona. The midfielder will break into MLS in primetime this Saturday against the reigning Audi Golden Boot Winner in 23-year-old Diego Rossi, when Austin FC take on Concacaf Champions League finalists Los Angeles Football Club at 6 p.m. ET on FOX.