Orlando City announces signing of Antonio Nocerino


After weeks of speculating whether Antonio Nocerino would be coming to Central Florida or not, Orlando City officially announced his arrival to the City Beautiful on Thursday.

The Italian midfielder will  join the Lions after almost six years with AC Milan of Serie A. Nocerino was teammates with OCSC captain Ricardo Kaká when they both played together in Italy during the 2013-14 season.

“Antonio is a player that we really admire, who can be effective in a number of different positions, which gives us great depth,” Orlando City founder and president Phil Rawlins said in a statement. “His vast experience in the Serie A will be invaluable for our team, as we aim to make the MLS playoffs in 2016.”

Nocerino will join the Lions later this preseason following the completion of his Visa paperwork.

While terms of the deal were not disclosed, Orlando City sent targeted and general allocation money to D.C. United in exchange for the Italian midfielder’s services.

The Italian international will join a stacked Lions midfield which already includes Kaká (DP), Kevin Molino, Servando Carrasco, Darwin Cerén, Cristian Higuita, Harrison Heath (HGP), Pedro Ribeiro, Adrian Winter and Richie Laryea.

How do you think Nocerino will fit in with the squad? Leave your comments below.

Mike Gramajo (@byMikeGramajo) contributed to this report. For more, follow the OSJ on Twitter (@OSJSoccer).

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