Orlando City lands Peruvian goalkeeper Pedro Gallese


Photo: Courtesy of Orlando City SC

The Lions have their first-choice goalkeeper for the 2020 MLS season.

Orlando City announced Friday the signing of Peruvian national team goalkeeper Pedro Gallese on a permanent transfer from Liga MX side Veracruz.

“We are very excited to welcome Pedro to our roster. He is a proven goalkeeper at both the club and international levels with World Cup experience on his resume,” Orlando City EVP of soccer operations Luiz Muzzi said. “His track record speaks for itself and we are thrilled to add his presence to our roster ahead of this season.”

The team did not disclose the length of his contract with the Lions.

Gallese, 29, spent 2019 on loan with Peruvian side Alianza Lima and was acquired by the Lions using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM).

The 6-foot-3 goalkeeper started and played for the Peruvian national team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Gallese has 62 caps with Los Incas.

Here’s a look at Orlando City’s current roster

Goalkeeper (4): Pedro Gallese, Brian Rowe, Mason Stajduhar, Austin Aviza*

Defenders (10): Kyle Smith, Ruan, João Moutinho, Kamal Miller, Alex De John, Robin Jansson, Rodrigo Schlegel, Antônio Carlos, Jonathan Dean*, Nick O’Callaghan* 

Midfielders (9): Oriol Rosell, Jhegson Sebastián Méndez, Robinho, Mauricio Pereyra, Andrés Perea, David Loera, Jordan Bender, Júnior Urso, Joey DeZart*

Forwards (7): Dom Dwyer, Nani, Chris Mueller, Tesho Akindele, Santiago Patiño, Benji Michel, Daryl Dike 

* Unsigned MLS draft pick 

Out on Loan 

Josué Colmán, on loan at Cerro Porteño (Primera Division, Paraguay)

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