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MLS Ticker: Callens leaves NYCFC, TFC adds defender Petretta, and more

Alexander Callens has been a stalwart of New York City FC’s defense for the past six MLS seasons, but the Eastern Conference club will now begin life without the Peruvian centerback.

Callens has joined La Liga side Girona FC on a permanent transfer from NYCFC, the clubs announced Monday. The veteran defender joined NYCFC ahead of the 2017 league season and proceeded to total 193 appearances, 15 goals, and one assist in all competitions.

He led NYCFC to the 2021 MLS Cup and 2022 Campeones Cup. Callens was an MLS All-Star in 2022 and also was a finalist for the league’s Defender of the Year award.

“I’d like to thank Alex for the tremendous amount he has given to the Club since his arrival,” NYCFC Sporting Director David Lee said. “We have seen Alex grow into the player and leader he is today through his incredible work ethic and commitment, establishing himself as one of our longest-serving players. His performances have earned him recognition as one of the best defenders in the league, and he will go down in NYCFC history for playing a vital role in helping us win MLS Cup and Campeones Cup.”

Callens now joins former NYCFC attacker Valentin Castellanos at Girona for the second half of the La Liga campaign.

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Toronto FC adds defender Petretta on multi-year deal

Toronto FC made its second defensive signing of the offseason on Tuesday with Raoul Petretta making the move from the Turkish Super Lig.

Petretta joins on a permanent deal from Kasımpaşa, signing through the 2025 MLS season. His contract also includes an option for 2026.

“Raoul is an experienced young left-back who established himself in a strong European club and has gained experience playing at a high level in European competitions with FC Basel,” Toronto FC head coach and sporting director Bob Bradley said in a press release.

The German-born Petretta came through the ranks at Swiss side…


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