Hadebe close to sealing R25m move to MLS

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Former Kaizer Chiefs defender Teenage Hadebe is close to sealing a R25m move to American Major Soccer League outfit Houston Dynamo.

Dynamo recently tabled an offer for the Zimbabwean international, who had an outstanding season with Turkish Super Lig side Yeni Malatyaspor.

Turkish football journalist Salim Manav this week tweeted: “MLS team Houston made an official transfer offer for Teenage Hadebe, who plays for Yeni Malatyaspor. Talks between the two clubs are continuing positively.”

The 25-year-old defender, who joined Yeni Malatyaspor from Chiefs in 2019, was named in the division’s team of the season in his debut campaign, and finished off the 2020/21 campaign on a high by scoring twice as well as providing an assist.

Until the Warriors’ 0-2 defeat to Zambia in the AFCON qualifiers dead rubber in which coach Zdravko Logarusic rested most regular players, the left-footed defender was the only player to have played every minute of Warriors games since 2019.

The ever-reliable Hadebe has 22 caps and four goals for his country and is seen as a player who would bring the much needed depth to the Houston back line, especially at left back.

Last season clubs from France raised their hands but he chose to stay in Turkey holding out for a bigger move considering that he will also be playing at the AFCON finals early next year with The Warriors for whom he has also become an important player.

The Houston, Texas-based side have been MLS Cup champions twice, winning during their first two seasons in 2006 and 2007. The club also won the U.S Open Cup once in 2018.

Major League Soccer’s regular season runs from early March to October. Teams are geographically divided into the Eastern and Western Conferences, playing 34 games in an unbalanced schedule.

With 27 teams in 2021, each team plays two games, home and away, against every team in its conference and one game against all but four or five of the teams in the opposite conference.

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