Orlando City has officially completed the long-rumored signing of Honduran striker Bryan Róchez today, adding another piece of the puzzle to the club's MLS roster. In a somewhat surprising move, the club made Róchez its second Designated Player, joining Kaká. He is one of the youngest DPs in MLS history.
"We're extremely delighted that Bryan is joining us for the 2015 season," said Orlando City Head Coach Adrian Heath "He's a player that we've had our eyes on for quite some time now, as we believe that he has the ability to contribute to the team straight away."
The 19-year-old forward already has three years of first team experience under his belt with Honduran side Real España, along with 30 goals to his name. He has also made six appearances for the Honduran National Team.
Róchez will likely be joined soon by Colombian forward Carlos Rivas, who has also been linked with City in the past week. The club also has strikers Jairo Arrieta and Danny Mwanga, added in last Wednesday's Expansion Draft from the Columbus Crew and Colorado Rapids, respectively.
Despite his age, Róchez is a player who should be comfortable contributing immediate minutes to the senior squad, and as a DP, he will be expected to. The Liga Nacional in Honduras may not quite stack up to Major League Soccer talent-wise, but it's nothing to scoff at either. Róchez's proven goal-scoring ability in Central America should translate well enough stateside.
Tactically, I see Róchez as a player who has a solid build for his age, average speed, and impressive aerial ability. He's a good fit in the striker role in Coach Adrian Heath's 4-2-3-1 system.
Here are some highlights from his time at Real España for your viewing pleasure!