Orlando City‘s busy winter of signings continued this week, bolstering its midfield with the club officially announcing the signing of Iceland international midfielder Dagur Dan Thorhallsson on a two-year contract through 2024, with Club options in 2025 and 2026.
The 22-year-old, who made his debut with the Iceland national team in November, joins the Lions from Breidablik, where he’s compiled 11 goals and seven assists in 40 appearances across all competitions.
“Dagur Dan is a versatile player that can play both in the midfield for us, out on the wings or even at right back if we need and he’s been involved with Iceland’s National Team program since his days with the U16s,” said Orlando City EVP of Soccer Operations and General Manager Luiz Muzzi. “He has a great engine and fits the profile of a box-to-box player that can give us strength in both our attack and defense.”
Thorhallsson is a fairly versatile box-to-box midfielder, giving the Lions even more depth in the central midfield following the losses of Junior Urso (who left to return home to Brazil) and Andres Perea (traded to Philadelphia).
In all likelihood, at least for the time being, it’s probably safe to assume that he’ll slot in behind both Cesar Araujo and Wilder Cartagena on the depth chart as a cheaper depth option along with Felipe Martins, who also joined the club on as a free-agent signing this winter.
As you’re probably well aware, the Lions have a handful of different avenues to trophies this season, so there’s no such thing as having too much reliable depth at your disposal, especially knowing there’s going to be the occasional injury or two hampering the roster.
Thorhallsson gives Oscar Pareja an extra option off the bench or for short turnaround games.
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