Orlando City’s 2022-2023 offseason recap to date

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Courtesy of Orlando City SC

An offseason that feels like forever — just three months shy of bowing out of the MLS Cup Playoffs to CF MontrealOrlando City is back together in Kissimmee for the open days of pre-season training this week.

It’s been a transformational offseason of sorts for the club, with head coach Oscar Pareja coming into the year with a fresh deck of new faces as he gears up for his 4th season at the helm.

In case you’ve checked out for the last three months or just want a refresher, here’s everything that the club has been up to since we last saw them on the field in mid-October.

Departures

  • Junior Urso — contract mutually terminated so he could return to Brazil for family reasons
  • Tesho Akindele — option declined; Akindele retired from soccer this winter
  • Joao Moutinho — out of contract; club couldn’t reach an agreement on a new deal; Moutinho signed in Italy
  • Alexendre Pato — out of contract
  • Joey Dezart — option declined
  • Benji Michel — out of contract; Michel recently signed with F.C. Arouca in Portugal
  • Niko Gioacchini — selected by St. Louis CITY SC in the Expansion Draft
  • Alexander Alvarado — completed a full transfer to LDU Quito after a long loan stint
  • Andres Perea — traded to the Philadelphia Union on December 6 in exchange for $750K in allocation money
  • Ruan — traded to D.C. United on December 21 in exchange for the No. 2 pick in the MLS SuperDraft

Arrivals

  • Luca Petrasso (defender) — acquired from Toronto FC in exchange for $300K in general allocation money
  • Felipe Martins (midfielder) — signed as a free agent to a one-year contract
  • Favian Loyola (midfielder) — signed to a Homegrown Player from Orlando City B with a contract through the 2025 MLS season, with club options in both 2026 and 2027
  • Shak Mohammed (forward) — drafted No. 2 overall in the SuperDraft from Duke, he is a Generation Adidas player
  • Duncan McGuire* (forward) — drafted No. 6 overall in the SuperDraft from Creighton. Just won the MAC Hermann trophy
  • Abdi Salim* (defender) — drafted No. 17 overall in the SuperDraft from Syracuse. National championship winner in 2022
  • Luis Grassow* (defender) –drafted No. 46 overall in the SuperDraft from Kentucky. 1st team All-American
  • Rafael Santos (defender) — signed from Cruzeiro of Brazil’s Campeonato Brasileiro, joining the Lions on a two-year contract through 2024, with club options in 2025 and 2026
  • Martin Ojeda (midfielder) — a Designated Player signing, Ojeda joins on a three-year contract from Godoy Cruz through 2025, with Club options in 2026 and 2027

* = Not yet signed to the team

Key re-signings

  • Mauricio Pereyra — re-signed with the club on a two-year TAM contract through 2024
  • Pedro Gallese — agreed to a new two-year contract with an option for 2025
  • Kyle Smith — re-signed on a one-year contract with an option for 2024
  • Adam Grinwis — re-signed with the Lions on a one-year contract

Current roster as of 1-9-2023:

  • Goalkeepers: Pedro Gallese, Adam Grinwis, Mason Stadjuhar
  • Defenders: Robin Jansson, Antonio Carlos, Kyle Smith, Luca Petrasso, Rafael Santos, Rodrigo Schlegel, Alexander Freeman, Thomas Williams, Michael Holliday
  • Midfielders: Felipe Martins, Martin Ojeda, Mauricio Pereyra, Cesar Aruajo, Jake Mulraney, Wilfredo Rivera, Ivan Angulo, Wilder Cartagena, Favian Loyola
  • Forwards: Ercan Kara, Facundo Torres, Gaston Gonzalez, Jack Lynn, Shakur Mohammed

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