HAMID, PEREZ RETURN STATESIDE
The MLS transfer deadline arrived on Wednesday, with Los Angeles FC and DC United pulling the trigger and bringing Joshua Perez and Bill Hamid back stateside.
With teams in Europe fine tuning ahead of the start of their league seasons and MLS inching closer to its playoff phase, many are looking to bring in players that can help them make the push to winning some silverware when the dust settles.
Los Angeles added to their attacking options again by announcing the signing of Joshua Perez from Italian Serie A team Fiorentina.
The California-born forward returns stateside after spending three years in Italy where he saw most of his playing time come with Fiorentina's U-19 side and a year-long loan with Livorno. At Livorno, he helped the team earn promotion to Serie B as he played in 25 games during the 2017-2018 season.
"Josh is a talented young forward with meaningful experience in Europe who will bolster our attacking options moving forward," said LAFC head coach Bob Bradley on the team's website.
News of Perez's signing comes after the Western Conference team signed another forward, Christian Ramirez, from Minnesota United.
Perez was a member of the US Under-17 national team that participated in the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Since that time he has earned call-ups to the U-19 and U-20 teams. However, he has not worn the shirt of the red, white and blue since 2016.
Bill Hamid will be heading back to his first team as DC United announced that they will bring back the goalkeeper on loan from Danish Superliga team Midtjylland.
It has been less than a year since the 6-3 netminder left MLS for Europe in hopes of challenging himself. However, he has found it difficult to unseat Midtjylland current number one Jesper Hansen as he only appeared in one league game.
With the opening of Audi Field and United making moves in the transfer market to bring in players to make them more competitive, Hamid's return could come at the right time.
The 27-year-old might be immediately put in the starting line-up in the place of DC United's current starter David Ousted.