Anthony Pulis’ Orlando City B have finally signed the first goalkeeper of the club’s fledgling history as 25-year-old Scottish stopper Mark Ridgers arrived this week.
Joining defender / midfielder Andrew Ribeiro as OCB’s latest signings, Pulis’ roster is starting to take shape with 13 names making it up at present, plus player transition from Adrian Heath’s first team of course.
Ridgers arrives in Brevard from Scottish Championship outfit St Mirren although the goalkeeper does boast some SPL experience having represented Hearts between 2007 and 2014.
A former Scottish Under-21 international to boot, it appears likely that Ridgers may be competing with Mason Stajduhar for the number one slot at the Titan Soccer Complex this season with the latter stopper also receiving a first team squad number this week.
For Ribeiro on the other hand, the 6 ft 0 in defender is something of a USL veteran having chalked up over 30 appearances split between the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and Charlotte Independence in the past couple of seasons.
Signing players with an in-depth knowledge of the league will be imperative for Pulis who will need to find the perfect balance between youthful exuberance and leadership. Ribeiro will fall under the latter.
Speaking after the duo’s arrival at the club, Pulis claimed: “Andrew and Mark will bring a great amount of national and international experience to our team.