2022 Orlando City Player Reviews: Iván Angulo

Oct 16, 2022; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Orlando City midfielder Ivan Angulo (77) dribbles the ball
Oct 16, 2022; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Orlando City midfielder Ivan Angulo (77) dribbles the ball / Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

For the next week, I'll be recapping each Orlando City player's season for all player who played at least 100 MLS minutes per FBRef in 2022, starting from the least used player to the most used.

Up next is Colombian wide man Iván Angulo.

Angulo arrived on loan from Brazilian giants Palmeiras to add some additional attacking heft for the home stretch. The Colombian wasn't fantastic, but he looked intriguing in his first MLS campaign.

In 548 MLS minutes, Angulo registered three assists (per MLS assist numbers). He also played one game in MLS NEXT Pro, scoring a goal. He also played in the US Open Cup final and played a key part in the Lions' first trophy win in the MLS era.

Angulo's underlying stats are also promising. He finished fourth on the team in shots per 90 minutes with 2.3. His creative were middle of the road for the squad, but when he got on the field it was clear that he was among the most talented offensive players Orlando could put on the pitch.

The Colombian is still on loan through the summer with an option to extend through next season. He's fairly cheap and as a depth forward, could be a valuable piece in Orlando's rotation. With Gastón González returning from injury and Nicholas Gioacchini playing a similar role, there's plenty of competition at the winger position.

Heading into the offseason, Angulo is a top contender to start on the wing opposite Facundo Torres, especially if he can turn his moments of promise into tangible production. He clearly possesses technical ability, capable of whipping in a quality cross or hitting a good shot, but he needs to turn those assets into goals and assists.

If he falls down the pecking order out wide, Orlando can let the loan expire and move on with the many other options available on the wings.