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Your hub for all the breaking news this silly season

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Right-winger Gabriel Pereira might be on his way from Corinthians to the Bronx.
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LAST UPDATED MARCH 17, 2:07 PM

Hudson River Blue is here to help you keep track of who’s in at New York City FC, and who’s on their way out. Note that all confirmed transactions will be designated as such, and all rumors will be linked to reputable sources.

In:

Gabriel Pereira from Corinthians

Confirmed March 17, 2022

NYCFC signed 20-year-old forward Gabriel Pereira from Corinthians. The left-footed attacker plays on the right. Earlier, Brazilian newspaper O Globo reported that City Football Group made an offer to buy the forward. Highly respected sports journalist Marcelo Braga posted on Twitter that “Corinthians received a proposal and should close the deal to sell Gabriel Pereira to Grupo City.”

The news was amplified by the Twitter account nycfc.source. Transfermarkt values the the left-footed forward who plays on the right at $2.2 million. Pereira made his debut for the Corinthians Senior Team in 2020.

Since NYCFC lost Jesús Medina and Ismael Tajouri-Shradi, the club hasn't fielded an attacker on the right—goal-scorers Taty Castellanos, Talles Magno, Héber, and Thiago all prefer to roam on the left. The imbalance up top was glaring on Sunday when City managed only one shot on goal in a 1-0 loss to LA Galaxy, the worst offensive showing for the club since September 11, 2019.

Kevin O’Toole signed to 2022 season

Confirmed March 7, 2022

Forward Kevin O’Toole, a 23-year-old graduate of Princeton University, was signed for the 2022 MLS season with options for 2023 and 2024. The attacker, who was twice named All-Ivy Offensive Player of the Year, was selected in the MLS SuperDraft on January 11.

Thiago Martins signed from Yokohama F. Marinos

Confirmed February 7, 2022

Brazilian center-back Thiago Martins was signed as a Designated Player from J1 League side Yokohama F. Marinos. Both Yokohama and NYCFC are owned by the City Football Group. The 26-year-old came up through the Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras youth system, and Transfermarkt currently values the 6’ 1” defender at $1.32 million. Read all the details here.

Nicholas Benalcazar signed to Homegrown contract

Confirmed January 19, 2022

Defender Nicholas “Nico” Benalcazar started playing with the NYCFC Academy in 2015. The 20-year-old started in 96 games, and was named the 2018 Academy Player of the Year. He is expected to play with NYCFC II in MLS NEXT Pro.

Jonathan Jimenez signed to Homegrown contract

Confirmed January 19, 2022

Forward Jonathan ‘JJ’ Jimenez played 18 games for the University of North Carolina in 2021. The 20-year-old first played for the NYCFC Academy in 2017. He is expected to play with NYCFC II in MLS NEXT Pro.

Samuel Owusu signed to Homegrown contract

Confirmed January 19, 2022

Defender Samuel ‘Kwaku’ Owusu was a member of the U-18/19 Development Academy Championship teams. The 21-year-old is 6’ 2”, and is expected to play with NYCFC II in MLS NEXT Pro.

Kingsford Adjei selected in 2022 SuperDraft

Confirmed January 11, 2022

Forward Kingsford Adjei is a senior at the University of Dayton. He is expected to play with NYCFC II in MLS NEXT Pro.

El Mahdi Youssoufi selected in 2022 SuperDraft

Confirmed January 11, 2022

Forward El Mahdi Youssoufi, a senior at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights, scored 13 goals in 16 league games. He is expected to play with NYCFC II in MLS NEXT Pro.

Maxi Moralez re-signed

Confirmed January 1, 2022

Argentine playmaker Maxi Moralez and NYCFC agreed to a contract extension for 2022 with an option for 2023. The 34-year-old Moralez will no longer be a Designated Player; NYCFC now has two free Designated Player spots going into the 2022 season. Read all the details here.

Out:

Taty Castellanos to Leeds United

Rumor

Taty Castellanos is being linked to a Leeds United move over the summer, which reportedly is willing to meet NYCFC’s asking price for the striker. Read all the details here.

Earlier, TUDN reported that River Plate reached out to Castellanos, and ESPN.com reported that Brazil’s Palmeiras made a $12.5 million offer for Castellanos. European clubs were reportedly interested in Castellanos, including Newcastle United (via Tribal Football) West Ham United (via Football Fancast), Everton (via the Sun), and Juventus (via Yardbreaker), but none made a move before the transfer window closed on January 31. Read all the details here.

Will Sands to Columbus Crew

Confirmed January 21, 2022

Defender Will Sands was traded to Columbus Crew for $50,000 in General Allocation Money, according to NYCFC. Sands is the brother of James Sands, who was loaned to Rangers FC in the the Scottish Premier League on January 5, 2022. (See below.)

Jesús Medina to CSKA Moscow

Confirmed January 17, 2022

Jesús Medina signed a 3.5-year contract with CSKA Moscow in the Russian Premier League. NYCFC declined an option to re-sign Medina in December. Read all the details here.

James Sands to Rangers FC

Confirmed January 5, 2022

James Sands is joining Glasgow’s Rangers on an 18-month loan through June 2023 with an option to buy. The 21-year-old homegrown and USMNT international is a native of Rye, NY, and played with NYCFC affiliate New York Soccer Club since the age of 10. Read all the details here.

Ismael Tajouri-Shradi to Los Angeles Football Club

Confirmed December 14, 2021

Attacking midfielder Ismael Tajouri-Shradi was selected by Charlotte Football Club in the 2021 MLS Expansion draft, then traded to LAFC for $400,000 in General Allocation Money. Read all the details here.

Gudi Thórarinsson

Confirmed December 13, 2021

Option declined by NYCFC. Read all the details here.

Juan Pablo Torres

Confirmed December 13, 2021

Option declined by NYCFC. Read all the details here.

Tony Rocha

Confirmed December 13, 2021

Option declined by NYCFC. Read all the details here.