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
2021 Option Declined
Alex De John
Under Contract for 2021
Jhegson Sebastian Mendez
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
DP – Designated Player
HG – Homegrown Player
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