Official: Orlando City signs Silvester van der Water


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Orlando City continued to add to its already deep attack line, announcing on Tuesday the signing of Dutch winger Silvester van der Water to a three-year contract with a one-year option, ahead of the 2021 MLS season.

“We are excited to bring Silvester to Orlando and to Major League Soccer,” said Orlando City EVP of Soccer Operations Luiz Muzzi in a press release. “Silvester is an exciting, up-and-coming player that we have been targeting for a while. He will add yet another different dimension to our attacking corps, as we get ready to challenge for titles in a very fixture-packed year.”

According to Paul Tenorio of The Athletic, van der Water will be a Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) signing for the Lions because of the undisclosed transfer free Orlando will pay Heracles Almelo — which competes in the Eredivisie.

The 24-year-old winger made 53 appearances in the Dutch top flight, scoring 10 goals during his three seasons with the Heraclieden.

The van de Water signing comes a week after the Lions announced the signing of Brazilian forward Alexandre Pato.

Current Orlando City Roster heading into preseason camp on March 8

Goalkeeper (3): Pedro Gallese, Mason Stajduhar (HG), Brandon Austin 

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

Midfielders (9): Oriol Rosell, Jhegson Sebastián Méndez, Andrés Perea, Mauricio Pereyra (DP), David Loera (HG), Jordan Bender (HG), Júnior Urso, Joey DeZart, Silvester van der Water

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

Out on Loan 

Daryl Dike – Short term loan to Barnsley

MLS Super Draft Picks (Invited to preseason camp) 

F- Derek Dodson – Selected at No. 8 from Georgetown 

D – Rio Hope-Gund – Selected at No. 19 from Georgetown 

D – Brandon Hackenberg – Selected at No. 22 from Penn State 

GK – Andrew Pannenberg – Selected at No. 49 from Wake Forest

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