After going rather silent on the transaction front for the last six weeks, Orlando City is back in the news on Wednesday after announcing that the club has agreed to terms on a new multi-year contract with centerback Robin Jansson.
The two-year deal includes a pair of option years for 2023 and 2024, making it possible that the Swedish defender would remain in Orlando for up to the next four seasons.
“Robin is committed to what we are building here at Orlando City, so we are very excited to come to terms on a new deal and secure his place on our roster for future seasons,” Orlando City EVP of Soccer Operations Luiz Muzzi said in a club release. “Having a solid defensive base helped lead us to success last season, and maintaining consistency and stability across our backline was a focus of ours this offseason. Robin has proven to be one of the most formidable defenders in Major League Soccer, and we are happy that this Club has been and will continue to be the place his talents are showcased.”
Jansson, 29, has solidified himself as a starter over his first two seasons with Orlando City, starting in all 50 of his regular season appearances. In 2020, he formed a strong partnership with Antonio Carlos, helping raise the quality of Lions backline to one of the best in the league this past season.
With Jansson and Carlos, who was also signed to a new long-term contract earlier this offseason, now locked in for the foreseeable future, it would be the first time since entering MLS that Orlando City would have a consistent centerback pairing entering multiple seasons, as a position that the Lions have struggled to cement over the club’s first five seasons prior to 2020 finally has some stability going into the future.
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