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By DAN KARELL
Orlando City Soccer Club have brought back a former club hero to be their second MLS player signing.
Former Orlando City midfielder Yordany Alvarez has agreed to sign with the club for its inaugural Major League Soccer season. The Cuban native will play with Orlando City this coming season in USL Pro on loan from Real Salt Lake before moving up to MLS with the club in 12 months. In exchange for his signing rights, Orlando City sent RSL their lowest fourth round selection in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.
“We’re obviously delighted to have Yordany back,” Orlando City head coach Adrian Heath said in a statement. “We have an MLS-calibre player returning to us. I’m really excited to have him with us again and looking forward to the future with him on the squad.”
After defecting and obtaining asylum in the United States in 2008, Alvarez spent two seasons with the USL-1 Austin Aztecs before moving with the club to Orlando in 2011. That season, Alvarez helped lead the club to the USL Pro title and was named league MVP. The 28-year-old midfielder spent more than two seasons with RSL, making a total of 44 appearances in all competitions and scoring a goal.
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