HOW ACQUIRED: Signed on a one-year loan with an option to buy from Atletico Nacional on December 9, 2019
The 20-year-old midfielder appeared in 23 games for the Lions in 2020, starting 11 of them and showing consistent enough form that Orlando City exercised his contract option to make his loan from Colombian side Atletico Nacional a permanent transfer.
INTERNATIONAL: Perea was approved for a one-time switch by FIFA to the United States and made his USMNT debut in a 7-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago to cap January camp and will likely be a part of Jason Kreis' roster for Olympic qualifying. He previously appeared for Colombia at multiple levels of the national team system, earning his first call-up to the U-17 National Team in 2017 and to the U-19 team in 2019, playing in the respective FIFA World Cups for both age levels.
OUTSIDE MLS: Perea made his senior debut for Atlético Nacional at the age of 17. He would go on to score his first professional goal on April 19, 2019, in a 4-0 victory for the Medellin-based club. Born in Tampa, Fla. but raised in Colombia, Perea spent most of his soccer career as a member of the Atlético Nacional organization, first joining the club’s academy at the age of six. In 2013, Perea led Atlético Nacional to the Torneo de Pony Fútbol championship, the youth national title of Colombia.