Player was without a club since August last year, when he terminated with São Paulo; he signed a contract valid for one season
Without a club since August last year, when he terminated with São Paulo, Alexandre Pato finally defined its future. This Saturday, the 31-year-old striker was announced as reinforcement by Orlando City, From U.S, for the MLS dispute, the main soccer championship in the country. He signed a contract valid for one season. “We are very excited to welcome Pato to Orlando. He is an experienced player who has played for some of the top clubs in the world and has a history of international success. The experience that Pato will bring with him will be invaluable for the club ”, said the executive vice president of football operations for Orlando City, Luiz Muzzi. “He is a high caliber player and we are very excited,” he added.
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Welcome to Orlando,!
— Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC)
The announcement of the signing of Pato by Orlando City seemed imminent in the last hours, after the club made some publications on social networks to instigate the fans. In a video, the club said that “a duck was spotted in Orlando”. In another publication, the club posted a photo of a toy animal inside the team’s stadium, as if it were about to take the field. Pato and São Paulo had an agreement valid until the end of 2022. However, the player was not being used by the then coach Fernando Diniz and its high cost weighed in the coffers of the Morumbi club. For the end of the relationship, the attacker gave up values that he should receive until the end of the bond and gloves, which were late.
Recently, Pato got his name aired at Argentinos Juniors, with the club president confirming his interest in the Brazilian, who has now signed with Orlando City, for which former São Paulo player Kaká has already played. In addition to Pato, Orlando City has four other Brazilians in its squad: right-back Ruan, ex-Ponte Preta, defender Antônio Carlos, ex-Palmeiras, midfielder Júnior Urso, ex-Corinthians, and striker Matheus Barrozo , which became professional in Spain. Orlando City will be the eighth club of Pato’s career. He started his career at Internacional, having then played for Milan, Corinthians, Villarreal, Chelsea and Tianjin Quanjian, in addition to São Paulo. The next MLS season is scheduled to start in April.
* With information from Estadão Content