Top 5 outgoing MLS transfers to watch this winter

The 2021 MLS season is over, and now attention is turning to the upcoming winter transfer window.

Of course, most fans will be excited for the upcoming players as their teams prepare for a challenge in 2022. But it is now recognized that some of the best talent in MLS will be getting big moves in every transfer window.

This January is not likely to be any different. So, here are the top five exciting transition stories to watch this winter.

Cole Bassett’s stock will be skyrocketing after he later scored a winner against Bosnia and Herzegovina in his USMNT debut recently.

In truth, he still has a lot to learn and a lot of refinement to add to his game. But at twenty, time is on his side.

As I mentioned 90min, Portuguese giants Benfica had been chasing Bassett during the summer and the move almost came. In the end, the midfielder chose to stay with the Colorado Rapids to help showcase the MLS Cup.

However, that interest won’t go away, so watch this space in January.

It took a while for Ezequiel Barco to truly start realizing his potential. So long, in fact, that Atlanta United would be lucky to break even on their $15 million investment from 2018.

But after returning from the Olympics, the young Argentine was on fire, as he scored six goals and six assists in 18 games to help draw the five lines onto the playoff streak. Of those goals, 11 came in nine extended matches immediately after the playoffs.

Barco has been linked with the likes of Arsenal and Napoli in the past and Atlanta United sporting director Carlos Bocanegra recently admitted the club is receiving a lot of attention. The Five Stripes are in dire need of freeing up some cash and a DP – the time to sell out isn’t likely to be any better than now.

There was a time when Tati Castellanos was considered a very talented player, but he is seriously underwhelmed in front of goal. Well, the Golden Boot and the MLS Cup later, opinions have changed.

The Argentine striker was instrumental in the success of New York City 2021, scoring 22 goals in 35 games and providing eight assists. He’s good in the air and on the ground, fast, and great with the ball at his feet.

West Ham are believed to be keeping an eye on the 23-year-old, while even Pep Guardiola has praised Castellanos’ manner.

“I think he’s the guy who’s going to take the next step in Europe,” Guardiola said (via MLSsoccer.com). “What I saw when I spoke to the scouting circle, I know he’s a good player and he’s ready to take the next step in Europe and we’ll see where.”

It would be sad to see such a big player leave MLS, but Castellanos is ready and deserves a big move.

We already knew Daryl Dyke was good. He then went to Barnsley on loan and helped drag them straight to the tournament playoffs.

Injuries initially hampered his return to Orlando City but the USA international did, but he recovered quickly to score eight goals in his last 10 games of the season, including in the MLS Cup Finals again in Nashville. In all, he finished the season with 11 goals in just 19 matches.

Dike can score all kinds of goals, is strong, and makes really smart rounds to pull defenders out of their position. His game needs a bit of improvement, but that will come with experience. West Brom and Crystal Palace have been linked recently – he’s already proven he can do it in England.

The rise of Ricardo Pepe in 2021 was astonishing. 13 goals in 24 starts for struggling FC Dallas and three goals and three assists in his first seven games in the North American Football Association have alerted some of Europe’s biggest clubs to his potential, it has revealed. 90min.

Pepe himself revealed his dream of playing for Real Madrid one day. While that may not happen right away, all hell may explode in his signature hunt this winter. Sit back and watch it unfold.

Others to watch: Adam Buxa, George Bello, James Sands, Miles Robinson, Brian Rodriguez, Raul Ruediaz, Kay Wagner, Aaron Herrera.

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