For the second time this week, Orlando City has been linked to a young foreign player.
After a transfer rumor involving Portuguese forward Yannick Djaló of the San Jose Earthquakes forward earlier this week, the Lions have been linked to a possible imminent signing of Carlos Augusto Rivas Murillo—better known as Carlos Rivas—a 20-year-old Colombian attacker with Deportivo Cali in the Categoría Primera A, that country’s top flight.
The youngster won’t legally be able to purchase a beer in this country until April 15, but he could become a vital left winger to complete an attacking midfield trio with Kaká and Kevin Molino in Adrian Heath’s 4-2-3-1 formation, if radio and social media reports out of Colombia, as reported by FutbolMLS.com and MLSSoccer.com turn out to be true. Continue reading Reports: Orlando City Close to Signing Colombian Starlet Rivas
Portuguese sports site A Bola is reporting that Benfica striker Yannick Djaló is looking to enter the January transfer market in search of a new club, with Orlando City being rumored his favored destination. There is already a solid relationship between Benfica and Orlando City, a partnership that has seen the American club bring over two young players on transfer from Portugal, as well as sending its players to train at the iconic European club.
Djaló began his career at rival Sporting, where he appeared 98 times and found the net 23 times. His time at Benfica has been dominated by injuries and loans to French club Toulouse and MLS side San Jose Earthquakes. His loan in MLS lasted 17 games and saw him score 3 times. He was also named MLS Player of the Week while stateside.
Continue reading Transfer Rumors: Benfica’s Yannick Djaló to Orlando City?
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
The time has come for Orlando City fans to get excited to have another player join the pride of Lions in MLS. The Chivas USA Dispersal Draft is coming up tomorrow and, with Orlando having the seventh pick in the draft there are any number of exciting players that could potentially be coming down south to Florida. After looking over the current Chivas roster, I have found a few players that would fit quite nicely into Adrian Heath’s team for next year.
With Orlando not retaining veteran center backs Rob Valentino or Brad Rusin, the Lions are in need of a quality defender. In steps 22-year-old Andrew Jean-Baptiste. Not only does he fit the age dynamic that Heath is trying to build his team around, but Baptiste is a strong 6-foot-2 player, who is quick on his feet and a solid young center back. He’s currently projected to go in the first three picks, however, if he slides to No. 7, Orlando may want to snag him.
Continue reading Three Players Who Could Help City in the Dispersal Draft
We are still months away from MLS play, however that certainly is not keeping Orlando City quiet in the offseason. While much of the focus has been on the international break and the USMNT, the past week has seen an array of activity for the club and it’s players.
Kevin Molino Thrives with Soca Warriors
The Orlando star had an impressive week while on international duty with Trinidad & Tobago, who are in the midst of the Caribbean Cup. Hitting the back of the net three times in as many games, Molino has led his country to the cup final and a berth in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. A win in Tuesday’s final against host Jamaica will also clinch a spot in the 2016 Copa America. Continue reading Orlando City: The Week That Was
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?