The 2014 USL Pro season officially kick-offs this Saturday, and Orlando City Soccer is still making moves in preparation of their final season in the league, in which they try to defend their 2013 title.
The team announced today the signings of defender Justin Clark, goalkeeper Rafael Diaz and midfielder Aodhan Quinn for the 2014 season, pending USSF approval.
Here is the official press release:
Orlando, Fla.– Orlando City SC announced on Wednesday the signing of Defender Justin Clark, Goalkeeper Rafael Diaz and Midfielder Aodhan Quinn for the 2014 USL PRO season, pending USSF approval. The three new additions will provide depth for Head Coach Adrian Heath’s roster.
Clark is set to rejoin the Lions after playing for Orlando last season, making 5 appearances during the 2013 campaign. With a year of professional experience under his belt, the athletic center-back will provide reassurance for veterans Rob Valentino and Brad Rusin.
Prior to joining Orlando City, Clark had a prolific career at local university, Rollins College. During his time as a Tar, the Atlanta, Ga. native was awarded the 2011 SSC of the Year award, named to the All-Sunshine State Conference team, named to the NSCAA All-South Region team, and also earned Third-Team All-America honors all during his senior year.
Both Diaz and Quinn are joining the Lions fresh off their college careers.
Diaz was a four-year starter at St. Johns University and has a tremendous wingspan that allows him to make difficult saves. While playing for the Red Storm Diaz set the all-time school-record with 32 shutouts, while being a three-time All-BIG EAST selection and a two-time NSCAA All-Northeast Region honoree. Diaz is also a former member of the U18 U.S. Men’s National team.
Quinn joins the Lions after capping off a stellar career at the University of Akron. Earlier this year, Quinn was selected by the Philadelphia Union in the third round (52nd overall) of the MLS SuperDraft. Known as a crafty midfielder, Quinn recorded 14 goals and 14 assists during his three years at Akron.
Transaction: Orlando City SC signs Defender Justin Clark, Goalkeeper Rafael Diaz, and Midfielder Aodhan Quinn
Name: Justin Clark | Rafael Diaz | Aodhan Quinn
Position: Defense | Goalkeeper | Midfielder
Height: 6’1 | 6’0 | 6’0
Weight: 170 | 160 | 155
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