Orlando City B signs academy product Jordan Bender ahead of 2019 USL League One season


Orlando City B’s first signing ahead of their inaugural 2019 USL League One season has been announced.

OCB announced Wednesday the signing of 17-year-old midfielder Jordan Bender.

“This is a really exciting moment for us,” OCB general manager Mike Potempa said. “Our first movement shows that we strongly believe in our Development Academy as Jordan is a player with tremendous ability and we are extremely pleased to have him on board as we build the roster for the upcoming season.”

Bender, a Lake Mary native, comes from the Orlando City Development Academy which he’s been a part of since he was 14.

Other stats with the Orlando City DA include: playing 26 games for the U-15/16s the following year, scoring five goals. When he was 16, Bender scored six goals in 28 games for the U-18/19s. He has two goals in six games with the U-18/19s this season.

The midfielder earned his first United States U-16 national team call-up in February 2017. Bender will continue his education at Montverde Academy, while playing with OCB

The Orlando City Development Academy has been located at Montverde Academy since January.

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(Photo Courtesy of Orlando City SC) 


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