Report: According to multiple reports, Orlando City SC is currently finalizing a deal with Portuguese international Luis Nani. I will be asking my personal inside sources to confirm the negotiations. This deal will be making Luis Nani a DP player for Orlando City SC. Luis Nani has been rumored to join the club in the past but nothing ever happened. Most recently, Luis Nani starting following multiple MLS accounts on social media and hinting a deal with the MLS club. The Portuguese 32-year-old veteran is very well known for being a previous star at Manchester United a couple years ago. Nani, 32, has seven goals in 16 league appearances for Sporting this season. He has featured 129 times for the club, but made his name at Manchester United, where he had 40 goals and 73 assists in 230 matches. Nani also featured for Fenerbahce, Lazio and Valencia in recent years.
Rumor: According to Championat, 22-year-old Venezuelan striker Andres Ponce is currently being targeted by Orlando City SC. Orlando City has already submitted a $300,000 bid for the Venezuelan striker. Ponce has previously played for Deportivo Táchira, Llaneros de Guanare, Sampdoria, Olhanense, Lugano, Livorno, FeralpiSalò, and currently plays for Anzhi Makhachkala in the Russian league.
—By now it’s well known (hopefully) that Orlando City kicks off their season against NYCFC, on March 2nd at 2:30pm. But what leads up to this season opener could determine what the rest of the season entitles
Orlando City will finish up their preseason in Bradenton (FL) this week, where they train 2 times per day. This includes a morning and afternoon session. The team meets at about 6:30 every morning for breakfast and whatever else Head Coach James O’Connor wants to do. The lions will end their week in Bradenton with a closed door scrimmage against the New York Red Bulls.
Many people have questioned whether Dom Dwyer is having an issue with the club, as the star striker has not been included in any of the early photos or videos posted by the club. The answer to this? Nobody knows. Although Dwyer was at the MLS Player Conferences, which only a select number of players attended, it could not have possibly taken this long for him to return. We will have to wait and see.
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Official: Orlando City SC has signed defender Alex De John to a one-year contract ahead of the 2019 MLS season. The New Jersey native is returning to the states after six seasons playing overseas for top clubs in Norway, Sweden and Finland.
Rumor: Orlando City are apparently very close to acquiring Jhegson Méndez the Ecuadorian 21-year-old after reportedly already transferring to MLS. Jhegson currently plays in Independiente del Valle in Ecuador’s first division but has one appearance with Spanish team Cultural Leonesa. Jhegson was last rumored to join Brazilian team Atletico Paranaense but failed to complete the move not that long ago. Now according to multiple reports coming out of Ecuador and Brazil, he has already been transferred to MLS & will become an Orlando City SC player very soon. He has 5 appearances with the Ecuadorian national team.
Report: A club source confirmed Orlando City SC received a proposal from Liga MX side Cruz Azul via Yotún and his agent. The source added the club is negotiating with Yotún, offering him options to stay in Orlando, and has “no intention” of selling him at this time.
Official: Donny Toia was the third player selected as he returns to Real Salt Lake almost eight years after becoming the club's first Homegrown Player signing. He spent one season with RSL before being released. He returned to MLS with Chivas USA in 2014 and has made 109 appearances over the last five years with Chivas, the Montreal Impact and Orlando City SC. The left back appeared in just four matches in 2018 after he started 30 matches with the Lions in 2017.
Official: New York City FC has acquired midfielder Tony Rocha from Orlando City SC in exchange for the Club’s fourth round draft pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.
Official: Orlando City SC has announced the acquisition of defender João Moutinho from Los Angeles Football Club, in exchange for defender Mohamed El-Munir.
Official: Orlando City SC has acquired a natural fourth round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for defender Amro Tarek.