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Orlando City SC sign veteran defender Chris Schuler


Orlando City SC announced on Friday they have signed defender Chris Schuler as a free agent on a two-year contract with a club option.

The 30-year-old joins after a preseason trial with the Lions. Schuler spent the past eight seasons with the Real Salt Lake organization, making 96 MLS regular season appearances and 11 MLS Cup Playoffs appearances in that span.

The physical center back was at one time one of the best rising stars among central defenders in the league, but a series of injuries has limited him to just 19 regular season appearances the last three seasons.

In Orlando, Schuler will be reunited with Lions boss Jason Kreis, who was his manager at RSL 2011-13.

Orlando City open the 2018 MLS regular season on Saturday at Orlando City Stadium against D.C. United (4:30 pm ET | MLS LIVE).

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