MLS transfer roundup: Atlanta United sign Giorgos Giakoumakis, Miguel Tapias moves to Minnesota

European transfer windows may have closed, but MLS is moving forward. Several teams are still moving ahead of the 2023 season.

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Giorgos Giakoumakis joins Atlanta United. /ANDY BUCHANAN/GettyImages

Atlanta United have finally signed international striker Giorgos Giakoumakis from Scottish powerhouse Celtic until the 2026 MLS season.

As 90 minutes As previously stated, the player will take a place as a designated player on the roster.

“Giorgos is a player that has been on the club’s radar for some time and we are thrilled to bring him to Atlanta,” Atlanta vice president and technical director Carlos Bocanegra said in a press release.

“He’s a strong striker who likes to get into the box and score goals. He plays with great intensity, works hard and is someone who we think will help the team both in attack and in defense. We are looking forward to welcoming him to the club and integrating him into the team.

He replaces Josef Martinez, who joined Inter Miami in January.

Miguel Tapias joins Minnesota United. / Manuel Velázquez/GettyImages

Minnesota United has signed Miguel Tapias from MX league team Pachuca CF.

He joins Major League Soccer’s 2025 season with a 2026 option and will take an international spot on the Minnesota roster.

“Miguel first caught our attention when we faced Pachuca in 2019. We have stayed in touch with him and have been following him ever since,” head coach Adrian Heath said in a press release.

“The only thing we noticed that night was that he was playing central defense and had an amazing leap. I remember seeing him winning some headers and thinking the kid had a jump on him.

“Obviously the fact that he’s left-footed, the fact that he has experience, the fact that he can play as a centre-back on the left, he’s played in a three-man defense, he can play in a full-back four left – back to the game, the fact that he’s 26 – all of that combined made it a piece of cake for us.

He joins the MLS team after being part of the Pachuca team that won the Liga MX Apertura 2022 trophy.

Toronto FC have signed Jayden Nelson from Rosenborg BK. / Andrew Katsampes/ISI Photos/GettyImages

Toronto FC have sent home winger Jayden Nelson to Norwegian Premier League club Rosenborg BK for an undisclosed fee.

He leaves the team after registering one goal and two assists in 31 games. The Canada international originally signed with Toronto ahead of the 2020 season.

“It has been a pleasure working with Jayden and seeing his progress here at his hometown club,” Toronto head coach and athletic director Bob Bradley said in a press release.

“We knew Jayden still had ambitions to play in Europe and when the right opportunity presented itself, we worked diligently with the player to secure the transfer. Jayden joined us as a local player and we are delighted take the next step in his career.


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