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Akindele, Moutinho and Stajduhar Eligible for MLS Free Agency

Christopher Adams
Jul 17, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta United defender George Campbell (32) fights for the
Jul 17, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta United defender George Campbell (32) fights for the / Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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The MLS Player's Association released the list of players eligible for upcoming free agency under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, and three Lions can test the open waters of MLS this offseason.

Striker Tesho Akindele, left back Joao Moutinho and goalkeeper Mason Stajduhar are all open to sign with any MLS team this upcoming offseason.

Orlando has a club option on Akindele and can choose to bring back the 30-year-old forward for a fifth season in purple. The Canadian has 107 appearances in Orlando, scoring seven goals and providing seven assists. While never the most prolific scorer, the former MLS Rookie of the Year is a hard worker and valuable member of the club culture.

Moutinho and Stajduhar are out of contract after this season and will be a story to follow throughout the season and into the offseason.

Moutinho already has rumors swirling about a departure, but across the pond.

Moutinho, when healthy, is among the best left backs in MLS and is a valuable player for Orlando City, especially in Oscar Pareja's system. If Orlando doesn't resign the Portuguese fullback, every club in MLS and several suitors abroad will come hunting for Moutinho's signature.

Mason Stajduhar is another interesting decision for Orlando City. Playing in relief of Pedro Gallese at various points over the last two seasons, the homegrown keeper has shown to be a solid MLS goalkeeper. The Lions will likely look to bring Stajduhar back as the backup with an eventual chance to replace El Pulpo, but other goalie-needy MLS teams could make an offer on the 24 year old.

Among the big names entering free agency league wide are New York Red Bulls captain Aaron Long, Philadelphia Union captain Alejandro Bedoya and New York City center back Alexander Callens. Orlando likely won't be in the market for the top free agents, but with the lower requirements to enter free agency, this is becoming a bigger part of roster building in MLS.

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