TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Re-signings
Orlando City SC have bolstered their depth for the 2020 season by announcing they have re-signed defender Alex De John and goalkeeper Mason Stajduhar on Wednesday, with each player signing a one-year contract with options for additional seasons.
De John, 28, joined the Lions for the 2019 season and made six league appearances over the campaign. The New Jersey native had previously played professionally in Finland, Norway and Sweden.
“We are very happy to have Alex back with the club in 2020,” said Orlando City SC EVP of soccer operations Luiz Muzzi in a team statement. “His experience abroad and in the US makes him a valuable member of our roster and adds needed depth to our backline. We look forward to having his presence back within the team for this year.”
Stajduhar, 21, signed a Homegrown deal with Orlando ahead of the 2016 season. Yet to make an MLS appearance, Stajduhar most recently played a loan stint at USL Championship side Tulsa Roughnecks FC. Prior to that, the youngster was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2017 and successfully completed treatment in the summer of 2018.
“We are thrilled to have Mason continue with the Club after he had a strong season on loan last year,” Muzzi said. “Investing in and developing our Homegrown players is extremely important to us and Mason exemplifies the pathway we have worked to establish from our Academy to the First Team. We look forward to seeing him grow and contribute to the team even more in the coming year.”