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LAFC seals signing of Benfica's Andre Horta as designated player

Diego Rossi orchestrated a dominant attacking display from LAFC put five goals past Real Salt Lake in their second straight win.
The FC crew discuss Carlos Vela's performances early on at LAFC and whether he can make the case for a spot on Mexico's World Cup squad.

LAFC have completed their long pursuit of Portuguese midfielder Andre Horta by signing the 21-year-old to a designated player contract on Tuesday, though his arrival date is still uncertain.

The midfielder comes to the MLS club from Benfica, with sources telling ESPN FC this week that LAFC will pay a transfer fee of about $7 million, while Horta will earn just over $1m per year in salary.

However, Horta's current loan at Portuguese club Braga lasts until June, and though LAFC said he would...

Benfica's Andre Horta set to join LAFC - sources

Diego Rossi orchestrated a dominant attacking display from LAFC put five goals past Real Salt Lake in their second straight win.
The FC crew discuss Carlos Vela's performances early on at LAFC and whether he can make the case for a spot on Mexico's World Cup squad.

LAFC's pursuit of Portuguese midfielder Andre Horta has finally paid off, with the player signing a multi-year designated player contract worth just over $1 million per year in salary, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.

Metro's Kristian Dyer was the first to tweet the news that Horta has signed with Major League Soccer. An announcement from LAFC could come early this week, with the transfer fee standing at $7m.

Horta, 21, is currently on loan to SC Braga from reigning...

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Crew SC sign Pedro Santos from Braga as third designated player

Pedro Santos has moved to MLS club Columbus.

Columbus Crew SC signed Portuguese midfielder Pedro Santos as a designated player on Tuesday.

Santos, 29, moves to MLS from Braga and joins Federico Higuain and Jonathan Mensah as the third DP on Columbus's squad, the first time the club has used all three DP slots.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Columbus said it was the biggest transfer fee paid in club history. Reports in Portugal said it was over $2 million.

"We are excited to welcome Pedro Santos to Columbus Crew SC and look...

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Houston Dynamo sign Tomas Martinez from Braga as third designated player

Tomas Martinez has moved to the Houston Dynamo on a permanent deal from Braga.

The Houston Dynamo signed Argentine midfielder Tomas Martinez as a young designated player on Monday.

Martinez, 22, moves from Portuguese club Braga and joins 24-year-old Erick "Cubo" Torres and 21-year Alberth Elis as Houston's third designated player, giving the Dynamo the youngest set of DPs in MLS.

"Tomas Martinez is a player who we've tracked for quite some time, and after a lengthy process we're pleased to welcome him to the Houston Dynamo," Dynamo general manager Matt Jordan said in a statment.

"At...

Braga chief persuaded Pedro Neto to snub Barcelona, Man United - father

Braga president Antonio Salvador managed to convince teenage attacker Pedro Neto to snub interest from Barcelona and Manchester United in order to continue his development at the Portuguese club, the player's father has revealed.

Neto, who was born in 2000 and only turned 17 in March, made his first-team debut in Braga's 4-0 win against Nacional Funchal at the weekend, scoring the fourth goal after coming on as a second-half substitute.

His performances for his club and Portugal at youth level had...