The Return of Jhegson Méndez to MLS

The departure of the Colombian midfielder from São Paulo reignites questions about his trajectory at the club
Jhegson Mendez of Sao Paulo looks on during the Copa...
Jhegson Mendez of Sao Paulo looks on during the Copa... / SOPA Images/GettyImages

On the brink of a turnaround in the career of midfielder Jhegson Méndez, São Paulo Futebol Clube sees its player, who arrived with great expectations, heading back to Major League Soccer (MLS). At 26, Méndez couldn't secure the desired playing time at Tricolor Paulista, and his journey at the club takes on uncertain contours.

The decision to return to MLS raises questions about São Paulo's squad management. Signed after the 2022 World Cup, Méndez couldn't replicate the performance that made him stand out in the United States. Under the command of Dorival Júnior, the Colombian lost his place, and the prospect of returning to the North American scene emerges as a fresh start.

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Analyzing Méndez's situation cannot be separated from the context of changes at São Paulo. With the arrival of coach Thiago Carpini, the club undergoes an intense overhaul, with several players, including key names from the 2023 Copa do Brasil-winning squad, departing. Is the decision to release Méndez a technical choice or a financial necessity for the club?

The 2024 planning reveals the arrival of reinforcements, such as the experienced Luiz Gustavo, indicating a possible reduction in opportunities for Méndez in the Tricolor midfield. Carpini's challenge is to form a competitive and balanced team, but the departure of the Colombian raises doubts about the continuity of investment in the player.

Méndez's return to MLS may represent an opportunity for the player to regain his best form and reaffirm his talent on the international stage. At the same time, for São Paulo, the transaction prompts reflection on the effectiveness of signings and the strategic planning for the upcoming season.