Orlando City announces offseason roster decisions ahead of 2021 season

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Photo: Terrance Coakley / Orlando Soccer Journal

Orlando City had a historical 2020 season during Oscar Pareja’s first year in charge: Competing in the MLS is Back Tournament final, making a formidable run for the Supporters’ Shield, and qualifying for the MLS Cup playoffs for the first time in team history.

But on Wednesday, the club’s offseason officially began as it announced its offseason roster decisions in preparation for the 2021 season.

On Tuesday, the Lions locked-in new contract deals with Antonio Carlos and Mauricio Pereyra, securing their services for next year with Antonio Carlos sticking around for the long haul.

Orlando City also announced it has exercised the permanent transfer options on Rodrigo Schlegel, Andres Perea and Alexander Alvarado — all three players that were with Orlando this year on-loan.

Backup goalkeeper Brian Rowe is currently out of contract and negotiating a new contract, according to the club’s press release — but he’s also eligible for free agency according to the most recent MLS Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

Here’s the complete breakdown:

2021 Option Exercised 

Goalkeeper
Mason Stajduhar
Defenders
Robin Jansson
Kamal Miller
Joao Moutinho
Ruan
Kyle Smith
Midfielders
Joey DeZart
Forwards
Benji Michel
Chris Mueller

2021 Option Declined 

Alex De John
Josue Colman
Robinho
Santiago Patiño

Under Contract for 2021

Pedro Gallese
Michael Halliday
Jordan Bender
David Loera
Jhegson Sebastian Mendez
Nani
Uri Rosell
Junior Urso
Tesho Akindele
Matheus Aias
Daryl Dike

Out of Contract 

Dom Dwyer — Free agent
Brian Rowe — Free Agent


Current Orlando City roster (as of Dec. 2, 2020)

Goalkeeper (2): Pedro Gallese, Mason Stajduhar (HG) 

Defenders (8): Kyle Smith, Ruan, João Moutinho, Kamal Miller, Robin Jansson, Rodrigo Schlegel, Antonio Carlos, Michael Halliday (HG) 

Midfielders (8): Oriol Rosell, Jhegson Sebastián Méndez, Andrés Perea, Mauricio Pereyra (DP), David Loera (HG), Jordan Bender (HG), Júnior Urso, Joey DeZart

Forwards (7): Nani (c, DP), Chris Mueller, Tesho Akindele, Benji Michel (HG), Daryl Dike, Matheus Aiás, Alexander Alvarado 

Key: 

DP – Designated Player 
HG – Homegrown Player


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