Tomás Pochettino left Cordoba workshops because he was signed by Austin FC, of the Professional Soccer League (MLS) of the United States, as its second Designated Player.
The arrival of the 25-year-old Pochettino, who will have his first experience outside of Argentine soccer, reinforces the Latin American presence within the new MLS expansion team, which was also selected as number one in the last draw at the 20-year-old Venezuelan offensive midfielder. Daniel Pereira.
Pochettino developed through the Boca Juniors academy and made his professional debut with the Giants of Buenos Aires in 2015. He spent two years with Defensa y Justicia on loan before joining Talleres in 2018, a transfer that became permanent in 2019.
With his last team, Pochettino scored seven goals and gave 10 assists in 62 games.
“We are happy that he has chosen Austin as the next step in his career progression,” Austin sports director Claudio Reyna from Argentina said in a statement. “Tomas will be an extremely important player with his creativity.”.
The player, through a statement, also said he was “happy” to wear the Austin FC jersey in what will be his MLS debut.
“I hope to do my best on the pitch and return all the trust that the club has placed in me”Pochettino added.
Austin FC coach, American Josh Wolff, defined Pochettino as a midfielder who generates emotion with his game and has an offensive mentality.
“Having followed his professional career for a while, he has shown us that he has the technical and tactical qualities that we look for in a Designated Player,” said Wolff.
“It will offer us rhythm and versatility in the middle of the field and we are confident that it will have an immediate impact on our attack,” added the strategist.
Pochettino will join Paraguayan international forward Cecilio Domínguez, who was signed last August as the first Designated Player of the new MLS expansion.
Other Latin American players that are part of the Austin FC squad are the Uruguayan Diego Fagúndez, the Costa Ricans and Julio Cascante and Ulises Segura, as well as the Hispanics Nick Lima and Héctor Jiménez.