As the MLS offseason rolls along, we’re seeing an unprecedented run of sales of players to Europe. Orlando City already got involved by selling Daryl Dike for almost $10 million dollars, and just yesterday New York City FC’s James Sands made the move across the Atlantic, signing a loan deal with Rangers. The league’s move to a selling league in the global market is nearing completion and this is the way of the future.
With this the new age of MLS, let’s look at which other Orlando City players could make a jump to Europe.
When looking at who’s primed for a move, we can eliminate almost every player over 28. Could someone in/exiting their peak age suit up in Europe? Sure, but the odds of them making that move, and more importantly taking a step up in league, are very low. So we can eliminate Mauricio Pereyra, Pedro Gallese and Junior Urso, and I feel confident we can cross out Kyle Smith, Tesho Akindele, Antonio Carlos and even Robin Jansson (except a potential return to Sweden).
So that’s who definitely won’t be making the jump. Let’s look at three players who could.