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Orlando City sign Paraguayan playmaker Josue Colman to 5-year deal


Orlando City SC completed the acquisition of an influential attacking piece on Monday, announcing the signing of Paraguayan attacking midfielder Josue Colman.

Colman, 19, joins the Lions from Club Cerro Porteño of Paraguay's Primera División, where he orchestrated the attack that won the 2017 Torneo Clausura championship and competed in the Copa Sudamericana the past two years.

He’s signed a five-year deal with Orlando, including club option years, and will be added to their roster as a Young Designated Player pending receipt of his ITC and P-1 Visa.

"We are pleased to welcome such an exciting young prospect to our roster," Orlando general manager Niki Budalic said in a club release. "Josue has great pace and can create chances for himself and others. His skill set and profile give us confidence he will be a great fit in Orlando and MLS for years to come."

A native of Asuncion, Colman is a Paraguayan youth international with 16 appearances for his country’s U-17 and U-20 national teams, most recently making two starts at the 2017 South American U-20 Football Championship. He also scored one goal in three appearances at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Cerro Porteño is the same club that developed Atlanta United star Miguel Almiron; Colman also follows in the footsteps of his countryman Jesus Medina, who signed with New York City FC earlier this winter.

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