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USL notes: Miami FC adds Red Bulls midfielder Vincent Bezecourt

Sacramento Republic FC signed two academy players and New Mexico United inked a deal with Puma.

USL Championship expansion side Miami FC added another player with Major League Soccer experience to its roster ahead of the 2020 season.

The club announced Tuesday that it had signed midfielder Vincent Bezecourt to a deal for the upcoming season. No other terms of his contract were revealed.

“Vincent is a great addition to Miami FC,” head coach Nelson Vargas said in a statement. “He’s technically very good and will bring another dimension to our team. He’s played at a top-notch organization that is New York Red Bulls and we’re eager to get him here.”

A native of France, Bezecourt, 26, played his college soccer at St. Francis Brooklyn. After graduation, he trained and then signed with the New York Red Bulls’ organization. Between 2016 and 2019, he appeared in 22 matches with the MLS club and 66 matches with New York Red Bulls II, its USL Championship affiliate.

Bezecourt tallied one goal and four assists across his MLS appearances, but racked up 18 goals and 23 assists in his USL time. He helped Red Bulls II win the 2016 USL title. He played in nine matches for the 2018 Red Bulls team that captured the MLS Supporters’ Shield.

Sacramento Republic FC signs two from academy, veteran GK

On Tuesday, Sacramento Republic FC announced it had signed a pair of 17-year-old’s from its academy to professional contracts.

Midfielder Mario Penagos and defender Hayden Sargis will join the club’s first team for its upcoming USL Championship season. Penagos and Sargis are the first two academy signings the club has made since it was announced that it was awarded an MLS expansion franchise last October. Sacramento will begin MLS play in 2022.

“Mario and Hayden have been with our academy since the very beginning and epitomize what our club is all about. Mario is a dynamic attacking playmaker and Hayden is a natural leader on the backline,” Republic FC general manager Todd Dunivant said in a statement. “Developing talent through the academy pipeline is a priority for us and these signings are a testament to the continued great work of our academy staff. We’re thrilled to have these guys here, at home in Sacramento, for many years to come.”

Both Penagos and Sargis have been in Sacramento’s academy since its inception in 2015. Both players have also featured for the U.S. youth national teams.

Sacramento announced another signing Tuesday, adding veteran goalkeeper Adam Grinwis. He spent the 2019 season as a reserve for Orlando City SC in MLS, appearing in the club’s four U.S. Open Cup matches.

New Mexico United inks deal with Puma

New Mexico United announced Monday that it had formed a new partnership with Puma, the global sports brand. The team is the first USL club to form a partnership with the sporting company, joining the likes of AC Milan and Manchester City in Europe.

“As we move forward as a team, we will continue to search for partners that are aligned with our mission of positive change through art and sport,” New Mexico United CEO Peter Trevisani said in a statement. “Puma not only gets our mission, but they are also now a catalyst in its fulfillment. Our players, technical team and staff are honored to represent Puma. You should also expect to see us collaborating on unique merchandise such as sneakers as well as art activations and other unique experiences.”

The club says that its players will start training in Puma gear this week and that the team will wear a kit designed by the company for the 2020 season. Meow Wolf and Kranshares will remain as jersey sponsors for New Mexico United this season.

ATL UTD 2 adds former Timber

Atlanta United 2 announced the signing of Modou Jadama on Wednesday. The 25-year-old Gambian defender spent time in the academy of Chilean club Colo-Colo and featured in two games for the Portland Timbers between 2018 and 2019.

Jadama grew up in Alpharetta, Georgia, which is just north of Atlanta. He has logged 76 appearances in the USL Championship with FC Tulsa and Timbers II, tallying five goals and five assists.

“Mo will bring leadership and experience to our group,” ATL UTD 2 head coach Stephen Glass said in a statement. “He has MLS experience and also played for Timbers 2 and understands the demands of playing for our club.”

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