Orlando City announced, on Wednesday, that it had secured the future of playmaker and team captain Mauricio Pereira, with a new contract until the 2024 season.
Pereira’s contract expired after his previous contract expired at the end of the 2022 campaign. However, the Lions have used Target Allocation (TAM) money to re-sign the former Uruguay U-20 international, opening up a valuable Designated Player (DP) place.
The rest of the Orlando defenders are the Austrian striker Erkan Kara and the talented striker Facundo Torres, who represents Uruguay in the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
“Mauricio has been our leader on and off the field since joining the club and did a fantastic job as our captain last year,” Luis Mozzi, Orlando’s executive vice president of football operations and general manager, said in a club press. Release.
“The example he sets of his professionalism and what he means to our group cannot be overstated. We are very happy to have Mauricio back with us for the next two seasons.”
This new contract continues Pereira’s nearly four-year association with Orlando City, where he made 98 appearances in all competitions, scoring six goals and providing 24 assists.
During the 2022 season, Pereira helped the Lions finish seventh in the Eastern Conference, and qualify for the National Conference MLS Cup playoffs for the third year in a row, while also lifting the US Open Cup – their first piece of silverware as an MLS club, thus securing their appearance in the CONCACAF Champions League for the first time.
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