Brazilian left back Victor ‘PC’ Giro will be one of the last players to join Orlando City SC’s preseason. Signed since Jan. 4, the 22-year-old is still in Brazil, dealing with visa issues and is expected to meet the Lions early next week in Jacksonville.
Ready to play in Major League Soccer for the first time after spending his first two years in the United States with North American Soccer League (NASL) sides and fellow Floridians Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Tampa Bay Rowdies, PC is excited to become a Lion.
“I am very happy to have signed with Orlando”, he said to The Mane Land. ”When I first came to the U.S., my goal was to make my way up to MLS and I am glad I made it in less than two years. I’m also pleased to join one of the most important teams of the league and play alongside Kaká. It will be really special.”
The versatile player, who got the nickname PC because he looked like another player in Corinthians academy who was named this way in the early 2000s, says he was signed as a left back, but could also play as a midfielder or winger if needed.
“According to what the club told me, they want me to be a left back, but the coach knows I am ready to help if they need me somewhere also on the field,” he said. “Donny Toia is a new addition, like me, and I believe whoever is better at the moment will have the opportunity to play.”
The 2017 season promises to be challenging for Orlando City, as the Lions failed to make the playoffs in their first two years in MLS, but the pressure for results does not scare the newcomer, who also wants to help fix the Lions’ inconsistent back line.
“Some changes were already made and with the new players that arrived I think that club has what it takes to make it to the playoffs,” PC said. “Whether it happens or not, is up only for us, the players. Whoever is on the field needs to step up for the challenge. I will do my best to help the team to get the results it wants and not concede so many goals.”
The Brazilian was already known among Orlando City fans, but not for a good reason, as he scored the late goal that knocked the Lions out of the U.S. Open Cup in 2016, playing for the Strikers.
“I don’t know if that goal helped me to be signed, but I believe that it happened mostly because of the performances I had against the club, not only because I scored,” he said. “I noticed some fans joking about this situation on Facebook when I was signed, but I want to leave it in the past. I am with Orlando now.”