Nov 19, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Fans take the stage before a rally for a Major League Soccer official announcement for a expansion franchise agreement with Orlando City Soccer at Cheyenne Saloon. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Lions sign Tommy Redding as their first homegrown player

PALM COAST, Fla. – The Lions continued their march down the road to Major League Soccer on Wednesday when they officially announced the signing of defender Tommy Redding to a multi-year deal. The terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Redding will be the club’s first MLS homegrown signing and is the youngest player on the roster at the very young age of 17.

“From the beginning, we’ve made no secret that the youth development aspect of our club is very important to us,” said Head Coach Adrian Heath in a statement. “Tommy has a lot of upside and is highly regarded by many in the soccer world, so we’re very pleased that he’s decided to begin his professional career with us.”

According to the press release, Redding is a very quick and athletic defender, and Heath added that he can play multiple positions, which is obviously a good thing.

Redding was being courted by top soccer clubs from all around Europe, but he decided to stay in The State and play with his hometown team. Good choice, Tommy.

The Lions are in action tonight in Orlando for their second to last preseason match against Rollins College. Kick-off is set for 7pm.

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