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Orlando City’s Heath: “We’ve got 3-4 exciting international players coming in the next three weeks”


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ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando City seem to have all the pieces together for the club’s inaugural MLS run, but they aren’t quite done yet.

After announcing the signing of Brek Shea from Stoke City, OCSC head coach Adrian Heath told SBI the club is in the process of acquiring more players in the coming weeks, suggesting they will come from abroad.

“We’re still working on the finishing touches with the team, so we’ll look to add 3-4 exciting international players in the coming three weeks,” said Heath. “They won’t come from Europe, but from South America, so it’s just a matter of time until our supporters receive these nice gifts for the holidays.”

Reports earlier this month indicated that 20-year-old Carlos Rivas from Deportivo Cali has been linked with OCSC, and club majority owner Flavio Augusto Da Silva told SBI in November that the Lions were in discussions with a “Colombian talent.”

Heath wouldn’t confirm if one of the the approximately four players were bound to fill Orlando City’s third and final designated player slot. Meanwhile, OCSC general manager Paul McDonough also confirmed the move and didn’t rule out if Rivas was among that group of players, stating that they’re coming soon.

Orlando City currently boast two designated players in Kaka and 19-year-old Bryan Rochez, and aren’t ruling out a third DP if the opportunity presents. Heath also took swipe at co-newcomer New York City FC, saying he can’t wait to face-off against Manchester City while also suggesting that NYC FC will fill their third DP spot before the start of the campaign.

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What do you think of this development? Do you think both Orlando City and New York City will have three DP’s in 2015?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. ^ This

    Orlando City has had a plan all along- which included utilizing international talent. A perfect example is their partnership with Benfica.

    OCSC will begin play with a playoff caliber team, that is an great mix of both young (Rochez) and older (Kaka) talent. That is an excellent formula for long-term success. 90 days till irrelevancy? I don’t think…. You’re going to be hearing about this team for a long time.

  2. All those trades and moves done by OCSC also contained international player spots. Idk why that’s not mentioned or brought up more but most of their dealings with teams were to obtain these. I believe some teams even took allocation money for extra international player spots. Ocsc already new who they wanted in these players so most of the expansion draft picks were getting who other teams wanted to trade for international spots.

  3. Dear Santa, please send the Chicago Fire an owner who gives a Fiddler’s and who actually has money to spend. The fact that you do not exist will not be considered an excuse. Thanks.


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