MLS moves continue in preparation for the 2022 tournament, and today it became official that Argentine Julian Carranza is leaving Miami Inter CF and joining the Philadelphia Union on loan, with an option to buy.
The deal was a great move on the part of the Florida team's management as Carranza will fill a Designated Young Player spot and in return, Miami receives a second-round pick in the 2022 SuperDraft from Philadelphia.
Union head coach Jim Curtin will be looking to avoid another setback for his team, which made it to its first-ever Eastern Conference Final but failed to beat reigning league champion New York City FC.
In that conference final match the Philadelphia Union did everything in their power, but NYCFC was unstoppable and with a score of 2-1, extinguished the Union's dreams of reaching the MLS Cup.
With goals from Maximiliano Morales and Talles Magno, the Cityzens eliminated Curtin's team, who only managed to score one goal, through Alexander Callens who scored in his own goal.
But if there is one thing that Ernst Tanner, the team's sporting director knows how to do, according to journalist Mathew Degeorge, it is to see hidden potential in players that other clubs don't even consider.
That is why he asked for Carranza, so that his team can count on a true striker with a hunger for goals, who can respond in important matches.
Union's sporting director welcomed Carranza
Ernst Tanner welcomed his new striker in a press release, and highlighted Carranza's qualities, whom he considers to be the missing element in his forward line.
Tanner said about the arrival of the Argentinean:
"We are delighted to welcome Julian to the Philadelphia Union and add a promising young attacker with a lot of potential to our squad."
Tanner added: "He is aggressive in the box and brings the versatility of a natural center forward that fits the striker profile we were looking for, as well as our style of play.
"We look forward to welcoming him to the team and seeing how he develops in our system," Tanner finished.
Carranza's numbers and what he can bring to his arrival at Union
Julian Carranza, 21 years old, is a forward with previous experience in the First Division of Argentinean soccer, where he played for Banfield.
In the "Taladro", the player played 48 games and scored 11 goals, before signing with Inter Miami CF, and has experience as a youth international, playing for the Argentine national soccer team.
Although he was not as effective with Miami, playing 39 games and scoring three goals, it is clear that both Tanner and Curtin saw something in him.
Now the Argentine will join the Union's forward line, along with Kacper Przybylko, Sergio Santos and Cory Burke.
In fact, Carranza seems the best option to play alongside Przybylko, who scored 17 goals in all competitions.
He can also be used for when Santos and Burke are injured, which happens quite often.
Tanner has been very clear and has said that his club was going to look for two additions to the team, or at least one, to strengthen the attack.
And Julian Carranza comes in nicely as a speedy second striker for the Union to take advantage of the diamond formation they have up front.
This way, with the addition of the Argentinean, they could have the depth in the opponent's area that they need so much and that they lacked so much in the Eastern Conference Final against New York City FC, the reigning MLS champion.