ST Alexandre Pato
The Pato experiment is getting a second chance.
The Brazilian forward was one of the more interesting signings league-wide last season, with a unique profile and career before coming to MLS. He’s undeniably skillful and talented, but his history of injuries has plagued a potentially elite player. In his first start against Atlanta United in the season opener, he looked genuinely great, but a knee injury knocked him out for almost the entire year. And even after he came back, he showed that talent with his near-goal on a free kick against Nashville SC at the end of the year.
I am incredibly excited that Pato’s getting another chance with Orlando City. Last year, he showed enough flashes to convince me he can be a difference maker in MLS and given how cheap he is, resigning him was a no-brainer. There’s a chance — a good chance even — that Pato gets hurt again and barely plays. But the small sliver of hope he can play the whole season is enough for him to get another chance.