Major League Soccer’s primary transfer window closes this Saturday and, different from many other teams around the league, Orlando City SC doesn’t have much more to do in strengthening its roster as the club is enjoying a successful campaign so far.
However, as the deadline approaches, teams become more willing to do business and good deal opportunities could be presented to the Lions. One single area of need on the team’s roster is having a backup center forward to replace Cyle Larin when needed.
Giles Barnes could be an option up top, but he’s far more productive playing outside the box. Some interesting players can be made available and Orlando City could take a look at them if their price tags are not too high.
After three seasons with the LA Galaxy, the 35-year-old veteran signed with the Colorado Rapids for the 2017 season, where he has played in only five matches, two as a starter. The “super sub” role seems to fit him well, as Gordon never had more than 17 starts in one season in his 14-year MLS career, but he has managed to amass 54 goals in 267 games anyway. With the Rapids probably looking to rebuild, it may not cost much to take him off Colorado.
Erik Hurtado’s career with the Vancouver Whitecaps has been marked by his inconsistency. Since 2013, the Oregon native has been shifting from promising seasons to others not so good and he has recorded eight goals in 82 matches. At the age of 26, though, he may still have his best years to come, but that apparently won’t happen in Vancouver as his starting spot is gone since Fredy Montero’s arrival.
At 21, Manotas is the youngest and probably most expensive of the options presented. The former Colombian U-20 national team member signed with the Houston Dynamo in 2015 and had a career year last season, scoring six goals in 22 matches (10 starts). In 2017, though, he is a bench option after Honduran Romell Quioto and Alberth Elis joined the club and Mexican Erick ‘Cubo’ Torres got his scoring touch back. If signed, he could be part of the club’s young core for the future.