Suffering from depth issues at left back, Orlando City SC have now picked up a former All-Star for the position.
On Tuesday, Orlando announced that they acquired two-time Major League Soccer All-Star and MLS Cup Champion Corey Ashe from the Houston Dynamo. They acquired him by trading general allocation money and a second-round selection in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.
Ashe will be available for selection in the Lions’ home game against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday, July 18, strengthening City’s backline.
“Corey brings a high level of experience and league success to the Lions,” said General Manager Paul McDonough in a club release. “We expect to see his immediate contributions to the Club and look forward to having him in Orlando City purple.”
The Lions are struggling for bodies at the position, after Brek Shea was moved up to the midfield following Kevin Molino's season-ending injury and Luke Boden's red card in last Saturday night's game. Shea has also missed the club's last two games with a groin injury.
The speedy left back joins Orlando City after making over 200 appearances with the Houston Dynamo, ranking second on the Dynamo’s all-time appearance list.
Ashe’s career highlights also include an MLS Cup (2007), two MLS All-Star appearances (2011 and 2013), and a CONCACAF Gold Cup Championship with the U.S. Men’s National Team (2013).
The Virginia Beach, Virginia, native began his career in 2007 with the Dynamo after a standout four-year career with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ashe featured in 22 games and six starts in his inaugural campaign – the most by a Dynamo rookie – prior to becoming a crucial piece of the team during his nine-year tenure with the club.