SERVANDO CARRASCODefensive Midfielder, United States
Orlando City midfielder Servando Carrasco was mostly thought of as an expendable depth player going into the season, especially with the signing of Antonio Nocerino coming in to solidify the Lion’s midfield… we couldn’t have been more wrong.
With injuries and suspensions plaguing the Lion’s midfield, most notably to Darwin Ceren and Cristian Higuita, Carrasco has stepped up and proven to be one of the team’s most consistent performers.
He’s featured in twelve of the first thirteen games for Orlando City and although he won’t fill up the stat sheet with goals and assists, it can be argued that he’s just valuable as the guys that are. He’s completed an impressive 81% of his attempted passes and averages over two interceptions and successful tackles per game.
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Carrasco does have one assist this year for Orlando City and it was probably one of the most important of the season.
In the 95th minute, down 2-1 in the opening match against Real Salt Lake, the former Sporting Kansas City man launched a lofted ball from his own defensive third toward Nick Rimando’s goal. The ball bounced past the Salt Lake back line, Cyle Larin latched onto it, touched it to Adrian Winter who smashed the ball into the roof of the net to send the Citrus Bowl into delirium.