Orlando City to bring in English and Irish defenders this week

Orlando City SC are looking set to bolster their backline with the addition of Republic of Ireland international Sean St Ledger and another unnamed defender from England.

The Lions are preparing for their debut campaign in Major League Soccer and have started their first ever MLS preseason in solid form, with two draws and a 4-0 win against FC Dallas so far.

Sean St Ledger played 45 minutes in a goalless draw with Toronto FC yesterday and the Irishman will be hoping to secure a contract with Orlando after failing to impress DC United enough during a short trial with the Eastern Conference champions.

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Orlando City general manager Paul McDonough revealed that St Ledger is likely to be signed in time for the start of the new season, which gets underway in less than a month, while another defender from England could also be brought in this week.

“Sean is very much first choice at the moment,” McDonough said. “He has the experience and the kind of ability we’re looking for in the middle of the back four.

“But we will also be bringing over another English player from the Championship on Monday or Tuesday and giving him a full trial as well. He can play both at centre-back or on the right, so it’s perfectly possible we could sign both of them.”

St Ledger has been without a club since being released by Ipswich Town at the end of December but he will be hoping to find himself playing regular first-team football again if he can earn a deal with Orlando.

The 30-year-old defender looks like he’s enjoying his trial with Orlando so far as he posted a picture on Twitter with Brazilian superstar Kaka on Sunday.

He could form a solid partnership with Aurelien Collin if signed, while it will be interesting to see who the other unnamed defender will be.

Orlando City already have four English-born players on their roster as English coach Adrian Heath is more than happy to bring players in from across the Atlantic.

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