Orlando City SC have made two more important moves to strengthen their squad ahead of the debut campaign in Major League Soccer by bringing in Northern Irish forward Martin Paterson and Colombian Carlos Rivas.
Paterson joins the Lions on loan for the season from Championship club Huddersfield Town and the 27-year-old will hope to find himself playing consistent football after struggling for the past couple of seasons.
The Northern Ireland international has been with Huddersfield since joining in 2013 from Burnley, with whom he played in the Premier League, but has been sent out on loan twice in the past 12 months.
After ending last season with Bristol City, Paterson then joined League One side Fleetwood Town for the first half of the current campaign but an injury cut short his time there and he moves to MLS hoping to become a key player with Orlando City.
“Martin is an experienced striker who will be a valuable asset for the team and our younger players in particular,” Orlando City Head Coach Adrian Heath told the club’s official website. “We’re very pleased to have him with the Club for our first season in MLS.”
Orlando also confirmed the signing of Colombian forward Carlos Augusto Rivas today and the left-midfielder, who can also play as a striker, is an exciting addition.
The 20-year-old joins from Colombian side Deportivo Cali, with whom he won the Superliga Colombiana in 2014, in his third year with the club.
Rivas scored 12 goals in 29 appearances last season and he could be a real star for Orlando City in 2015 and beyond.
“We’ve had our eyes on Carlos for quite some time now,” Adrian Heath said. “He ticks a lot of the boxes that we look for in players, and we believe that he’s an exciting midfielder who will certainly contribute for us moving forward.”
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