Benji Michel has gone south for the winter, or at least for part of it.
Orlando City SC's promising Homegrown striker has traveled to Brazil for an offseason training stint with Athletico Paranaense, a partner club of OCSC’s, according to a report from Paranaense watcher Juliano Lorenz Oscar and a social-media post spotted by Lions-centric podcast The Roar last week and confirmed by the club on Monday.
Orlando City HG Benji Michel looks to be training with OCSC’s Brazilian partner club Athletico Paranaense pic.twitter.com/GOhgjh0E6u— The Roar (@TheRoarPod) November 20, 2019
The 22-year-old Haitian-American dual national put together a solid rookie season after signing his HGP deal on New Year’s Eve last year, scoring five goals and one assist in 17 MLS appearances (nine starts). His displays earned the attention of the Haiti national team as well as a training camp invite from US Under-23 national team coach Jason Kreis.
Atacante Benji Michel (@AlmightBenji), do Orlando City, veio fazer um período de estágios no CT do Caju.— Juliano Lorenz Oscar (@fusketa) November 21, 2019
Disputou 17 jogos e fez 5 gols na MLS ("primeira" divisão dos EUA) nesta temporada. Com 22 anos, já foi convocado pras seleções sub-23 dos EUA e pra principal do Haiti.