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Orlando City SC head coach Oscar Pareja has revealed that Colombian winger Alex Castro is a possible signing as they approach the 2020 MLS season. A report from Colombian outlet El Deportivo has added fuel to the fire, naming the Lions as a possible destination for Castro as he reportedly seeks another opportunity.
Castro, 25, has played professionally in his home country since 2013, with 60 matches spent at Alianza Petrolera up through the 2018 season. In 2019 with Deportes Tolima, Castro registered 33 appearances with seven goals and three assists.
Orlando City coach Oscar Pareja on Alex Castro being: “I want to be clear. We’re waiting for the options to be finalized and [he’s] one of them.”— Mike Gramajo (@byMikeGramajo) January 14, 2020
Pareja also mentions Mateo Rodas will be added to OCB from 🇨🇴 Tigres with the opportunity to join first team at some point. https://t.co/ocLUM7YxAS
Pareja, whose playing career began with Colombian sides Independiente Medellín and Deportivo Cali before coming to MLS, had previously stoked reports about Orlando pursuing striker German Cano. However, the player later joined Brazilian club Vasco da Gama.
This offseason, they’ve already acquired four South American players: midfielders Andres Perea and Junior Urso, as well as defenders Rodrigo Schlegel and Antonio Carlos. All but Urso were acquired on loan, with the Brazilian arriving via transfer from Corinthians earlier this week.
Pareja was hired this offseason as the Lions look to mark their sixth MLS season with a first Audi MLS Cup Playoffs appearance. That quest begins Feb. 29 when hosting Real Salt Lake.