Representing the first names cut from Jason Kreis‘ 2016 roster, there could yet prove salvation for a few of those six players in question however.
In the official club report, Orlando City SC Assistant General Manager Niki Budalic claimed: “We would like to sincerely thank all six players for their contributions to the club, some of whom have been with us since USL.
Unsurprisingly, numerous defenders make up the exit list with Orlando City SC having conceded the most amount of goals (60) in all of Major League Soccer in 2016.
Adorning Orlando City UK’s 2016 Orlando City SC away jersey, we wish the long-serving Bodz all the very best in his next chapter, should there be no change in the decision over Luke.
As for others on the list, Julio Baptista was of course Orlando City SC‘s last ever goalscorer at Camping World Stadium, notching the final goal in the Lions’ 4-2 victory over D.C. United a month ago.
Missing most of 2016 due to injury, 26-year-old Pedro Ribeiro is a player who is now eligible for Stage One of the forthcoming MLS Re-Entry Draft which will take place on December 16th with Stage Two seven days later.
Kevin Alston is now eligible for Free Agency and will be able to discuss a new contract with any of the 22 clubs competing in MLS next season, including Orlando City SC who could yet re-negotiate a deal.
Seb Hines departs Central Florida after making 49 Major League Soccer appearances for the Lions and despite earning a reputation as a major threat in the air, the former Middlesbrough defender struggled with several errors in 2016.
Orlando City UK would like to thank all six players for their contributions while wishing them the very best of luck in their careers from this moment forth.
We now await news of who else will be cut and retained from Jason Kreis‘ 2016 roster.