At 17 years old, Tommy Redding is currently the youngest player on Orlando City’s youthful roster. Along with fellow Lion, Tyler Turner, the 6-foot-2 center back is among the elite players coming through the U.S. youth ranks.
Redding is certainly dubbed a prospect for the future, but don’t be fooled, the defender exceeded all expectations in the USL Pro last year. Redding made 15 appearances in his debut season for Orlando, and has put himself in a great position in the lead-up to the MLS season.
Redding’s fine play has been awarded with an MLS contract, which made him the club’s first ever homegrown player. Adrian Heath has been pleased with his young defender’s development and has since showered him with praise following their 2014 USL Pro season. Continue reading Where Does Tommy Redding Fit in 2015?
The core of Orlando City’s roster is currently built around youth. With all the signings over this past year, one of the most recent ones came towards the end of the USL Pro season. Taking advantage of the partnership with SL Benfica, Orlando City brought in two young Portugese players to play with the first team. One of those players was Valdomiro Tualungo Paulo Lameira, also known more commonly as Estrela.
This defensive midfielder impressed in his limited time with the Lions. Although only playing in eight games last season, Estrela was able to prove his worth, despite his young age. He worked well in tandem with Darwin Cerén in the holding midfield and looked comfortable playing within Adrian Heath’s system, familiarizing himself with it in the span of just a few weeks.
Continue reading Lion Player Profiles: Estrela
With the one-year anniversary of Orlando City’s MLS announcement passing the other day, it seems an appropriate time to look back to last year’s USL Pro team and see just where those players that have meant so much to the franchise over the years, have gone.
Out of the 24 players that were on last year’s roster, only eight have been retained to make the move to MLS—Homegrown Players Tommy Redding and Tyler Turner, Portuguese imports Rafael Ramos and Estrela, El Salvador captain Darwin Ceren, Trinidad and Tobago star Kevin Molino, and English imports Luke Boden and Harrison Heath. Each of these players were chosen because the coaching staff believed that they could be valuable assets to the team, come next year.
Continue reading Tracking Orlando City’s 2014 USL Pro Players
Times have been rough for Americans playing in Europe over the past couple of months. Many have been relegated to cameo appearances off the bench, while others are lucky to make the gameday 18. With uncertainty looming its ugly head, rumors have begun to circulate that several of these yanks may be moving clubs during the January transfer window.
Orlando City already has a strong presence in foreign markets, thanks to a diverse international representation from the current players on the roster. Kaká will bring in a strong Brazilian audience, while Adrian Heath and our two SL Benfica signings should attract attention from the English and Portuguese markets respectively. However, Orlando currently lacks a face to draw interest from the American fans.
With so many yanks likely to be on the move, Orlando City SC should seriously consider moving for one of these unsettled players. Admittedly, several of these players are unrealistic options for the Purple and White, nonetheless, there may just be a future Lion in this mix of Americans. Continue reading Which American Should Orlando Target This January?
Orlando City’s Portuguese duo have both received their first call-ups for Portugal’s national U-20 team.
Rafael Ramos (pictured above, on the left) and Valdomiro Tualungo Paulo Lameiras (a.k.a. Estrela—that name is impressive and how Estrela comes out of there is beyond me) were both signed mid-season from Portuguese giants SL Benfica this past campaign.
The tandem has been attached at the hip regarding news of the players, as they were signed at the same time, debuted for the Lions at the same time, and are now being called up to begin their foray into international football together. Heck, both players even scored their first and only goals of the campaign during the same match on their debuts. The casual fan would be forgiven for thinking Estrela and Ramos were just one person!
Continue reading Estrela and Rafael Ramos called up for Portugal U-20 squad