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Lion Links: 1/24/23

Orlando City transfer rumors, getting to know Felipe Martins, MLS transfer roundup, and more.

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Happy Tuesday everyone. I won’t sugarcoat it, there’s a lot to get to today, and some particularly exciting items regarding Orlando City. With that being the case, let’s get straight into things.

Orlando City Transfer Rumors

There are a couple big things to note in the world of Orlando City transfer rumors. First, the Lions are reportedly close to signing Icelandic international midfielder Dagur Dan Thorhallsson. The 22-year-old currently plays as a box-to-box midfielder with Breidablik in Iceland’s top flight. He has four caps for his country and, while he primarily plays central midfield, he can also line up at wing, fullback, and even attacking midfield, and he should bring some nice versatility to Orlando’s roster.

In his tweet addressing the Thorhallsson signing, Tom Bogert also notes that a deal for forward Ramiro Enrique will be completed soon. Both guys fit the profile of a young, promising player that OCSC has begun to target with increasing regularity.

Get to Know Felipe Martins

Orlando City has several new faces going into this season, and one of them is Felipe Martins, the 32-year-old midfielder who joins the Lions from Austin FC. Martins took the time to answer a few questions about how he’s settling into his new surroundings, and he also spoke about what drew him to OCSC. He cited fellow Brazilian Kaká’s time in purple as one of the reasons he was initially attracted to the club, but also highlighted both the passion of the team’s fans and the ambition that the club has in chasing trophies. We’re happy to have him, and welcome to the City Beautiful, Felipe!

MLS Transfer Happenings

There are also several pieces of transfer news to catch up on from around Major League Soccer. First up, the Colorado Rapids have signed 24-year-old Connor Ronan from Wolverhampton Wanderers on a four-year deal with an option for 2027.

Staying in the Western Conference, the Houston Dynamo have signed Amine Bassi from FC Betz in Ligue 2. The 25-year-old Moroccan joins on a two-year deal which has options for two more, and was signed using Targeted Allocation Money.

Pivoting to outgoing transfers, the LA Galaxy have sold Samuel Grandsir to Le Havre AC in Ligue 2. The transfer fee was not disclosed, and the Galaxy retain a sell-on fee for the 26-year-old winger.

Finally, Alexander Callens has departed New York City FC after six years to sign with Spanish side Girona FC. The Peruvian international will join former NYCFC forward Valentin Castellanos at the team, which currently sits 11th in La Liga.

Everton Sacks Frank Lampard

Following a period of nine defeats in the club’s last 12 games, Everton announced the firing of Frank Lampard on Monday morning. The team is 19th in the Premier League, with only goal difference keeping it off the bottom spot, and has a paltry 15 points from 20 games played. It’s far from being too late to climb out of the relegation zone, and while the team is reportedly close to bringing in a manager with Premier League experience, it’s unlikely to change the club’s fortunes in the long run, as things have now been declining for several years. Nuno Espirito Santo, Marcelo Bielsa, and Ralph Hasenhuttl are all reportedly being considered for the job.

Free Kicks
  • Orlando City academy director Marcelo Neveleff has left the club to become head coach of the Dominican Republic’s national team.
  • The United States Men’s National Team will reportedly play its March 27 Nations League game against El Salvador in Orlando, presumably at Exploria Stadium.

That’s all I have for today. Y’all stay safe out there.