With yesterday marking the start of the MLS secondary transfer window, it’s transfer rumor time for D.C. United, who have been linked by Mexican reporter Marcel Munoz to a move for Tigres UANL and Ecuador midfielder Jordan Sierra.
Sierra, 24, has been with Tigres in Liga MX since 2018, but has been loaned to Lobos BUAP and Queretaro over the course of his time there. Last season, Sierra made 11 appearances for Tigres (starting twice). At Lobos and Queretaro, though, he was a regular part of the lineup. He has one cap for the Ecuador national team to go with extensive appearances at the under-20 level.
United is likely not the lone suitor. Ecuadorian reporter Javier Velasquez says in Ecuagol that Sierra was close to a move to Mazatlan FC, but could not agree on terms, and appears to be available without a transfer fee. The 24-year-old plays mainly as a central midfielder with occasional appearances on the right side.
It remains to be seen how (or even if) Sierra could fit into the roster at the moment. United has loaned Jovanny Bolivar and Kimarni Smith to Loudoun United so that they can maintain international roster player compliance, though there may be movement to alleviate that situation. Erik Sorga (who was recently activated from the injured list) has remained in Estonia for the last couple of weeks working on his green card, but it should be noted that per MLS rules this year, if the team was unable to secure a green card before the opening of yesterday’s window, an international player will remain listed as such for MLS roster purposes for the rest of the season.
As always with rumors, here’s the Sierra sizzle reel: