Orlando City acquires Tesho Akindele, ships Victor “PC” Giro in half-day trade window


Orlando City SC vs Seattle Sounders, October 18, 2018- Orlando, FL, USA Photo: J.D. Casto

Orlando City was productive during Sunday’s half-day trade window.

The Lions acquired forward Tesho Akindele from FC Dallas, before announcing a trade that sent defender Victor “PC” Giro to the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Orlando City started by announcing that the club has acquired Akindele from Dallas in exchange for $100,000 in Targeted Allocation Money in 2019 and $50,000 in General Allocation Money in 2020.

The Athletic’s Paul Tenorio first reported the possibility of the deal.

The 26-year-old comes to Orlando with just six goals in 48 appearances over the last season seasons with Dallas. Akindele started in just five games this past season, collecting two goals over 19 appearances.

The Canadian international was the 6th overall pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, winning Rookie of the Year with FC Dallas. He’s spent the first five years of his MLS career with Dallas, racking up a total of 24 goals with 8 assists over 133 appearances.

Having made almost $123,000 this past season according to salary numbers released by the MLS Players’ Union in September, Akindele provides Orlando with a cheap, yet talented option in front of goal alongside Dom Dwyer, whether it involves starting or coming off of the bench to give head coach James O’Connor with some late-match boosts.

Shortly after, the Lions made it official that they acquired Vancouver’s natural third round pick in the 2019 Super Draft in exchange for PC, as first reported by ProSoccerUSA.com’s Jordan Culver.

Orlando signed PC to a new four-year contract ahead of the 2017 season, but only appeared in eight games in each of the last season seasons.

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