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Orlando City signs midfielder Oriol ‘Uri’ Rosell, sends allocation money to FC Dallas

Orlando City signed Oriol Rosell, who previously played for Sporting Kansas City. (Eric Bolte/USA Today Sports).

Orlando City continued loading up on talent to bolster its roster, signing midfielder Oriol “Uri” Rosell pending receipt of his ITC and P-1 Visa.

The Lions acquired him using the No. 1 position in the Major League Soccer Allocation Ranking Order, which the Lions got from FC Dallas in exchange for $400,000 in Targeted Allocation Money.  

Orlando City did not disclose Rosell’s salary or duration of his contract.

“Uri brings many attributes to our midfield. He is a proven MLS midfielder with great vision and outstanding passing abilities to contribute offensively and defensively to the team,” Orlando City general manager Niki Budalic said in a news release announcing the signing. “We’re excited to have him join the team.”

Rosell, 25, returns to MLS after two seasons with Sporting Kansas City beginning in August 2012. He played a key role in Kansas City’s 2013 MLS Cup championship run, posting one goal and two assists during 31 regular season appearances. He played in five MLS Cup playoffs games. He also logged six appearances in the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League. Rosell made 57 overall appearances, logging two goals and two assists for FC Kansas City.

The Spaniard joined the prestigious FC Barcelona academy La Masia in 2006 at age 14 and made his professional debut with FC Barcelona B in 2015.

After his rise to Sportking Kansas City, the MLS side traded him to Sporting Clube de Portugal of Liga NOS, Portugal’s top flight. After signing with the Leões in July 2014, Rosell made four Taça de Portugal Placard appearances to help his club win the 2014-15 Portuguese cup.

Overall, Rosell made 22 appearances with Sporting Club de Portugal, including 12 in Liga NOS, one in the UEFA Champions League and one in the Europa League. Rosell spent the following three seasons on loan with first-tier sides Vitória Guimarães SC, CF Belenenses and most recently with Portimonense SC, making 39 overall appearances and scoring one goal.

On the international stage, Rosell has one cap with the Catalonia national team.

Rosell will bolster the Lions’ defense and was sought by numerous MLS clubs.

Orlando City landed him by purchasing his allocation rights from FC Dallas.

The allocation process determines which MLS club has first priority to acquire a player listed on the Allocation Ranking List. The list consists of select U.S. men’s national team players, elite youth U.S. national team players and former MLS players returning to MLS after joining a non-MLS club for a transfer fee greater than $500,000.

On the day Orlando City announced it signed Rosell, the Lions welcomed Columbus Crew midfielder Justin Meram to training camp in Jacksonville.

After a roster moves have brought an upbeat energy level to preseason training.

Veteran defender Scott Sutter posted on Twitter Tuesday, “It’s all go here at @OrlandoCitySC Everyone is working hard, every session, including everyone behind the scenes. There is a real buzz around and I can’t wait for the season to start! #hurryup!!”

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