UPDATE: MONDAY, 3:30 PM - Orlando City SC officially announced the signing of Pereyra through the 2020 season on Tuesday afternoon. Pereyra joins City as a Designated Player on a free transfer after his contract expired with FC Krasnodar, pending an International Transfer Certificate and P1 Visa. Pereyra will occupy an international roster spot.

“As a Club we are always looking to strengthen our roster and Mauricio fits the mold of what we look for in a new acquisition. We have important matches on the horizon both in league play and U.S. Open Cup competition, and we feel Mauricio will make an impact for us as we close out the 2019 campaign,” Orlando City SC EVP of soccer operations Luiz Muzzi said in a statement. “The move also makes sense when you look at the roster flexibility and player designations for 2020.”


MONDAY, 11:30 AM: The Orlando City midfield could soon receive a boost, according to a report from Uruguayan journalist Martin Charquero.

He reports that 29-year-old attacking midfielder Mauricio Pereyra is close to signing with the Lions, who are currently ninth in the Eastern Conference standings. Orlando, despite adding Nani this past offseason, has just 30 goals through 26 games.

Pereyra, a free agent, most recently played in Russia for FC Krasnodar, where he appeared in 201 games and recorded 29 goals and 33 assists across all competitions. He has also featured for Club Nacional in his native Uruguay, as well as Club Atletico Lanus in Argentina. Pereyra has never been capped by the Uruguay senior national team, though he featured extensively for their youth teams.

Orlando currently have one open Designated Player slot open, with Paraguayan winger Josue Colmanloaned back to Cerro Porteno, the club he originally signed from. Colman, 21, could be recalled in either 2020 transfer window.

Nani and striker Dom Dwyer occupy the other DP slots.