TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Loan

UPDATE, Jan. 10 – Austin FC have loaned midfielder Tomas Pochettino to River Plate through 2022, the MLS club announced Monday. The deal includes a purchase option for the Argentine Primera División powerhouse.

Pochettino, 25, made 31 appearances for Austin during their inaugural campaign. He didn't quite live up to expectations with two goals and two assists.

The move settles Austin's Designated Player problem after midfielder Alexander Ring signed a contract extension that made him a DP. Prior to Pochettino's loan, they had four DPs with forwards Cecilio Dominguez and Sebastian Driussi the others.

ORIGINAL, Dec. 29 – Austin FC have verbally agreed to send midfielder Tomas Pochettino to River Plate on a one-year loan deal with a purchase option, according to journalist Cesar Luis Merlo.

Should an Argentine Primera División return come together, it would open a Designated Player spot for Austin. During the club's expansion season in 2021, Pochettino occupied one of those three roster slots alongside forwards Cecilio Dominguez and Sebastian Driussi.

Pochettino made 26 starts in 31 appearances during Austin’s inaugural season but struggled to make an impact offensively with just two goals and two assists.

Both of his goals came in a 3-2 win over Houston Dynamo FC on Aug. 4, which earned him MLS Player of the Week honors for Week 17.

The 25-year-old joined Austin in February 2021 after spending his entire career to that point in his native Argentina. He was signed from Talleres after spending two years with Defensa y Justicia on loan from Boca Juniors. Pochettino came up through the Argentine giant’s academy before making his professional debut in 2015.