14 Feb Ex-AC Milan star Alexandre Pato joins MLS facet Orlando Metropolis
Former AC Milan ahead Alexandre Pato has joined Orlando Metropolis SC on a one-year deal, the membership introduced on Saturday.
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The Lions teased the signing with a pair of Tweets on Friday containing an image of a duck (Pato means “duck” in Portuguese) earlier than confirming the deal the following day.
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— Orlando Metropolis SC (@OrlandoCitySC) February 12, 2021
“We’re very excited to welcome Pato to Orlando. He is a veteran participant who has featured at among the high golf equipment all over the world and has a confirmed monitor report on the worldwide degree. The expertise that Pato brings with him might be invaluable to the Membership,” Orlando Metropolis chief Luiz Muzzi in a team assertion on Saturday. “Pato is a high-calibre participant and we’re excited so as to add one other nice goal up high.”
A supply informed Football4cast that the 31-year-old won’t be a Designated Participant. His wage might be introduced down with Basic Allocation Cash and contains an possibility for an extra 12 months. Orlando not too long ago despatched striker Daryl Dike on mortgage to English Championship facet Barnsley.
The Mane Land had been among the many first shops who reported the Pato deal.
Pato’s prolonged membership profession contains stints at AC Milan, Chelsea and Villarreal, as properly a number of Brazilian teams and Chinese language membership Tianjin Tianhai. He was most not too long ago on the books of Sao Paulo, his second stint with the membership, and one the place he scored 9 targets in 35 league and cup appearances. However he has been with no team since he and Sao Paulo reached an settlement in August of 2020 to terminate his contract.
His most profitable spell at membership degree got here with AC Milan, the place he performed from 2007-13. In that point he scored 63 targets in 140 league and cup appearances, and helped the facet to a Serie A title in 2010-11 and the Supercoppa Italiana in 2011.
Pato is an ex-Brazil worldwide, scoring 10 targets in 27 appearances, the final of which got here in 2013.
Pato is the most recent Brazilian star to hitch Orlando, the membership the place ex-Milan and Actual Madrid midfielder Kaka performed from 2014-17. There are 4 different Brazilians presently on the team’s roster in Junior Urso, Ruan, Antonio Carlos and Matteus Aias.