With Orlando City B set to start the United Soccer League regular season in about three weeks, the team has added three former collegiate standouts.
On Friday, the team announced the acquisitions of midfielder Antonio Matarazzo, striker Keegan Smith and forward Alejandro Garcia.
Matarazzo was Orlando City SC’s 2016 Major League Soccer SuperDraft third-round pick. He previously played four seasons for Columbia University. The 22-year-old was named to the All-American Ivy League second team in his senior year, finishing with his team’s second-most recorded minutes (1,410). Matarazzo played in 49 matches.
Smith was a second-round selection for the Montreal Impact in the 2016 draft. In 52 appearances in four years for the University of San Diego, he scored 13 times and recorded six assists. The 22-year-old earned West Coast Conference Player of the Year and All-WCC first team honors, as he led his team to the WCC championship in 2015. Additionally, Smith has seen international action, appearing in matches for the United States men’s national U-15 and U-17 teams.
In Garcia’s 2015 campaign with the University of Cincinnati, he led the team with 10 goals and two assists in 36 matches played, earning All-American Athletic Conference second team and All-Ohio second team honors.
“I feel they’ve all got good attributes and have potential to be good players,” OCB head coach Anthony Pulis said. “I’m delighted to sign all three.”
Orlando City B will host Wilmington Hammerheads FC at 7:30 p.m. EST at the Titan Soccer Complex in Melbourne, Fla.
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