The news of new MLS 2022 reinforcements continues and today the arrival of a new player to the league was confirmed, so everyone is wondering, who is Selmir Pidro, the first reinforcement of St. Louis CITY SC?
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The news of Major League Soccer's expansion team having just signed the Bosnia national team international, has caught the attention of fans as he is indeed the first reinforcement for the club that will debut in the league in 2023.
Who is Selmir Pidro?
He is a Bosnian professional soccer player who used to play as a left-back for Bosnian first division club Sarajevo and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, but today he has just been signed to play for Major League Soccer side, St. Louis CITY SC.
The player is awaiting his ITC, medical, and work authorization, but his team has already introduced him to the media through a press release and social media.
Pidro is signed to MLS through 2025, although the financial terms of the transfer have not been disclosed. The player´s signing will run through July 2022 as he will finish the season with his current club, FK Sarajevo.
This will see the player make his debut with the St. Louis CITY SC's first team for their historic inaugural season in 2023.
Where and when was Selmir Pidro, the first star of St. Louis CITY SC, born?
The player was born in Bugojno, Bosnia, and Herzegovina on March 3, 1998, and is currently 23 years old, but started his professional career at the age of 18 with Bosna Visoko in 2018, but consolidated his position at FK Sarajevo.
The player has been capped for Bosnia and Herzegovina national team with which he made his debut in 2021.
How was Selmir Pidro's career at FK Sarajevo?
Pidro first joined the academy of FK Sarajevo in 2014 and in January 2018, he was sent on a six-month loan to Bosna Visoko, until in August 2018, after his return from the loan, Pidro signed a new five-year contract with Sarajevo.
The player recorded 78 appearances in his last team in which he scored 1 goal and provided 7 assists, but he was also a key part of his team winning 4 trophies, including the first League-Cup double title in 2018-19.
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What has the reception been like for Selmir Pidro at St. Louis CITY SC?
Reactions to his arrival were not long in coming, especially from the club's sporting director, Lutz Pfannenstiel who said about his new player:
"Pidro is a very hard-working player that not only fits well with our style of play but is a young player with significant experience."
Pfannenstiel added: "He's been on our radar for a while now and we're confident that he can have an immediate impact in the league. He has a high ceiling and we're excited to help him grow as a player and as an individual."
The announcement of the player's arrival was well-received on social networks where fans of the expansion team wished the player the best of luck.
St. Louis CITY SC will make its grand debut in Major League Soccer in 2023 and everyone is looking forward to this new club whose coach is none other than Bradley Carnell, a former South Africa international.