Orlando City confirmed Sentinel writer Paul Tenorio’s report early this morning that the club has signed defender Luke Boden and midfielder Harrison Heath to MSL contracts.
“We’re delighted that Harrison and Luke have decided to remain with the club heading into MLS,” said Head Coach Adrian Heath. “Moving forward, both players will be great additions to the squad.”
Boden, 25, has been a mainstay with the club at left back, where he will most likely continue to ply his trade—possibly as a starter, depending on what moves City makes between now and opening day 2015. In 82 appearances with the club, Boden has compiled 7,456 minutes, scoring four goals with 15 assists. He is a native of Sheffield, England, but carries a green card and therefore will not count against Orlando City’s international player numbers.
Before joining Orlando City, Boden had spells with Sheffield Wednesday, Chesterfield, Rushden and Diamonds and Northampton Town.
Heath, 18, is the son of the Lions’ head coach. Like Boden, Heath is from England but has his green card. He signed with Orlando City in 2014 and made seven appearances. Heath is a graduate of the Norwich City FC Academy. The Lions are his first pro team.
This brings the club’s contracted roster to nine total players: defenders Boden, Tommy Redding, Tyler Turner and Rafael Ramos, and midfielders Heath, Kaká, Kevin Molino, Estrela, and Darwin Cerén.
Tenorio’s story also reported that the club has yet to sign midfielder Adama Mbengue.
Stay tuned. It should be a very busy off-season.