A short three weeks ago, this offseason’s free agency class was revealed.
While some impactful names have found new destinations around MLS, many of the biggest decisions are still in TBD mode. That’s to be expected as internationals return from the World Cup, and we’re still a month out from preseason beginning (Jan. 6).
For over a decade, Hedges has been a rock in the FC Dallas backline (he’s the club’s all-time appearances leader). But the 2016 MLS Defender of the Year, now age 32, could take that vast experience to a new city if terms aren’t agreed upon in Frisco. The veteran played over 2,200 minutes last year after shaking the injury bug.
Kamara has reached double-digit goals in four of his six full MLS seasons, including in 2021 when he finished as runner-up to NYCFC’s Taty Castellanos in the Golden Boot presented by Audi race (19g/5a). At age 33, the former Norwegian international still has a nose for goal – it’s just likely not featuring in a D.C. United shirt.
Matarrita is a ready-made starter at left back, especially in an attack-minded system, as shown during his past MLS stops at FC Cincinnati and NYCFC. The 28-year-old subbed into two of Costa Rica’s group-stage matches at the World Cup, continuing his recovery from ankle surgery he underwent last spring.
Europe or MLS? That’s been the question swirling around Osorio for several months, as Toronto FC’s all-time appearance leader now returns from Canada’s first men’s World Cup trip in 36 years. The TFC homegrown probably would have reached 10g/10a in 2022 were it not for a troublesome head injury that derailed his summer/fall months.
Zardes has scored double-digit goals in four of his past five seasons, plus is now three goals shy of hitting the 100-mark in MLS play. Part of the USMNT player pool, Zardes held Designated Player status this past season after being traded from Columbus to Colorado. Where will the No. 9 and two-time MLS Cup champion land?