AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin FC announced the signing of Senegalese forward Moussa Djitté via transfer from French Ligue 2 side Grenoble Foot 38 on Wednesday.
Verde is in desperate need of a scorer after a run of seven games and only one goal. The franchise will look to the 21-year-old Djitté for a boost to its scoring output.
Djitté will come to Austin on a multiyear contract through 2024, plus an additional option year. He will occupy an MLS U22 Initiative roster spot pending visa and International Transfer Certificate, the franchise said.
Austin FC Sporting Director Claudio Reyna expects Djitte to be ready to “contribute” soon.
“We are pleased to welcome Moussa to Austin FC,” Reyna said in a statement. “He is an ascending and promising young player with a bright future ahead of him. As the Club continues to work on adding quality players to the roster, we believe Djitté is ready to contribute in the immediate term.”
“I want to thank Austin FC for giving me this opportunity,” Djitté said in the release. “I am eager to represent Austin and play in front of the amazing supporters and environment at Q2 Stadium.”
Djitté scored 15 goals and added two assists during 67 appearances (46 starts) over three seasons with Grenoble Foot 38.
Austin FC shared a video on Twitter of Djitté’s highlights and scoring prowess.
What is the MLS U22 Initiative and how does it affect Austin FC’s roster?
At 21, Djitté will be immediately eligible for the MLS roster in the U22 Initiative until he turns 25 years old. This league roster rule allows teams to add young players at lower contract rates while keeping their three designated player spots.
Here’s how MLS describes it:
- MLS clubs can now sign up to three players under the age of 22 to lucrative contracts, and at a reduced budget charge
- Players can occupy the U22 initiative slot through the season they turn 25 years old
- International players are eligible when they sign their first MLS contract