Thursday, February 6, 2014

Orlando City SC sign El Salvador national team captain to MLS contract

By Mike Gramajo

After speculation of Orlando City SC’s third Major League Soccer signing arose last week, the Lions confirmed on Thursday afternoon that they have signed El Salvador national team captain Darwin Ceren to an MLS contract. 

“We’re extremely delighted that Darwin is joining us as our third MLS signing,” Orlando City President Phil Rawlins said in a statement. “We fought very hard to get him here, as several other MLS clubs were also interested.” 

Ceren, 24, joins OCSC after playing for Juventud Independiente of the first division in El Salvador for four-years. The midfielder has wracked up 16 appearances for La Azul y Blanco, playing most recently in the 2013 Gold Cup. 

A total of 83 appearances, with a goal tally of 15 goals with the El Salvador club lead to OCSC coach Adrian Heath to scope out the 24-year-old during his visit to the Central America in December. 

With one more season to go in the USL Pro, Ceren will take part of the Lions’ last season in the lower-division before joining Orlando’s MLS squad alongside other signees Kevin Molino and Yordany Alvarez. 

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What do you think of the signing? Who else do you see joining OCSC’s MLS squad? Would you like to see homegrown talent make Orlando’s MLS squad?

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