Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Orlando City add striker to USL Pro squad

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By Mike Gramajo

Orlando City SC have been lacking a striker, not saying that Dennis Chin isn’t capable of doing the job on his own but depth wise, it was heavily needed. 

After the departures of Jean Alexandre, Long Tan and the improbable Dom Dwyer, the Lions announced on Tuesday that they have acquired striker Corey Hertzog for the 2014 USL Pro season. 

“We were in need of another striker, and Corey is somebody we know all about,” head coach Adrian Heath said in a statement. “He scored a hat-trick against us in 2012 and everyone we spoke to in Vancouver were really complimentary of not only his attitude, but they also think that he has the potential of becoming an MLS player so we’re looking forward to working with him this year.”

Hertzog joins the OCSC after playing most of 2013 for FC Edmonton, while being on-loan from the Vancouver Whitecaps. He finished with a total of three goals in 20 league appearances for both Canadian sides. 

While the final roster for the upcoming USL Pro season has yet to be completed, expect more roster changes to occur. OCSC's partnership with Sporting Kansas City in 2014 will guarantee Orlando two players, two-less than 2013 since Sporting KC also agreed to partner with Oklahoma City Energy for the upcoming season. 

Heath told reporters two weeks ago that despite the third MLS player signing was coming, two or three more players will follow then. 

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