If you thought the Orlando City B roster recruitment drive was going slow, it’s been significantly boosted today via the arrival of SEVEN new players for Anthony Pulis’ team.
Joining OCB for their inaugural USL campaign are Pierre da Silva, Dembakwi Yomba, Michael Cox, William Eyang, Jonathan Mendoza, Marius Obekop and Craig Nitti.
With Mikey Ambrose, Kyle Callan-McFadden, Tony Rocha and Lewis Neal already on board, the head count now currently stands at 11 with a new goalkeeper still needing to be sought.
Of the new arrivals, Mendoza’s return to Central Florida catches the eye after the 25-year-old Colombian attacking midfielder represented Orlando City in a five-year association between 2008 and 2013, turning out over 80 times for the Lions split between Orlando City U23, not to mention Orlando City itself in their USL days.
Elsewhere, the striker’s position has clearly been prioritised for early strengthening with four arriving in the form of da Silva, Yomba, Cox and Eyang respectively.
As far as Major League Soccer experience goes, Cameroonian midfielder Marius Obekop can vouch for that having represented the New York Red Bulls first team back in 2013 before dropping down to New York Red Bulls II.
We wish all of Anthony Pulis’ new arrivals the very best of luck as they embark on their new careers in Brevard and judging by Dembakwi Yomba’s latest tweet, he can’t wait to get going!
— Boxi (@Boxi07) January 13, 2016
So now that OCB’s player recruitment drive has hit full throttle, what does this mean in terms of how the team will shape up in USL?
Excuse us for being presumptuous but here’s a little potential starting XI we created earlier!