Please Sign Someone, Orlando City
We’ve spent an entire week discussing transfer policy, meanwhile we’re just over 50 days away from Orlando City’s first game of the 2022 MLS season and there have been no incoming moves.
Several players have left, the biggest being Nani and Daryl Dike, and some rumors out are floating online (how’s Montevideo this time of year?), but there have been no concrete reports or official announcements yet this offseason and we’re getting antsy.
This is an enormous offseason for Orlando City, one of the biggest in club history. The Wilfs are willing to spend, and with the losses on the frontline, the need is there as well. If Orlando can hit in this offseason, it can push a good team to a real contender. If Orlando misses, all the progress of the Pareja era could go right down the drain.
For fans of the Lions, it has been a frustrating time. While other teams are making big moves or intra-league deals, Orlando has been very quiet. Outside of one high-profile rumor that won’t go away, there’s been no noise around the club and it’s easy to begin worrying.
With preseason right around the corner, you’d want players to start getting signed now so they can get integrated before the start of the season. If Orlando doesn’t start getting some players in the door, this team won’t really be together till the summer. For a team that can ideally be a title contender, that’s a worry.
For all these fears, however, this patient approach could also be valuable. As I said earlier, this is a massive offseason for Orlando City. Big Designated Player signings need time. If you miss on a DP spot, that’s an enormous setback for any roster build. If Luiz Muzzi and his team need time to find the exact right player to replace Nani or the exact right player to bring in as a club-record transfer fee, then they better take that time.
What do you all think? Are you getting antsy waiting for more news or do you have faith the front office is being diligent? Leave your thoughts below