Orlando City sign midfielder Felipe Martins on a free transfer

Orlando City has bolstered its midfield with the signing of free agent Felipe Martins, the club announced on Tuesday.

Martins joins on a one-year deal, with Orlando having the option to extend his deal through the 2024 MLS season.

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The 32-year-old spent the 2022 campaign with Austin FC, scoring one goal and three assists in 28 appearances (5 starts) as the Verde and Black finished second in the Western Conference.

“Felipe is a player we have seen and respected for some time. As an 11-year veteran of our league, he will bring necessary and valuable depth, as well as important experience from his time in both MLS and international clubs,” Luiz Muzzi, Orlando City vice president of soccer operations and general manager, said in a club press release.

“Getting a player of Felipe’s skill and leadership both on and off the pitch is an important step towards our goals for 2023 and we are delighted to have him with us in Orlando this season.”

Orlando will be Martin’s sixth MLS team, with the Brazilian also having stints with DC United, Vancouver Whitecaps, New York Red Bulls and CF Montreal.

Martins won the 2015 Supporters’ Shield with the Red Bulls, while also lifting two Canadian championships in Montreal. His arrival will offer vital experience and depth to Orlando’s midfield following the shock departure of Junior Urso.

The Lions finished seventh in the Eastern Conference last season before being knocked out of the MLS Cup playoffs in the first round. However, they have qualified for the Concacaf Champions League for the first time after lifting the US Open Cup.

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