HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a Homegrown Player on December 12, 2019.
Bender is the first Orlando City Homegrown player to complete the direct climb to professional soccer, beginning his career in the Club’s Development Academy (DA) before earning a contract with Orlando City B and ultimately signing with the senior side directly out of high school. The young midfielder will look to gain experience in 2020.
INTERNATIONAL: In 2017, Bender received his first call-up to the U.S. U-16 Boys’ National Team, joining the team for its February training camp.
OUTSIDE MLS: Bender signed with Orlando City B at the start of the Club’s 2019 USL League One season after a successful tenure in the Orlando City Academy. Last year, Bender made 16 appearances for the Lions - 12 of them starts - for a total of 1,000 minutes.