BRADENTON, Fla. — MLS veteran Brian Rowe is training with Orlando City on a trial basis and is with the club at IMG Academy in Bradenton.
The 30-year-old goalkeeper is out of contract after one-year stint with the Vancouver Whitecaps. He started 10 games for the Whitecaps last season, conceding 22 goals and recording 29 saves. He was traded to the Whitecaps after six seasons with the LA Galaxy, where he had a 21-16-21 record during the regular season and a 2-1-0 record in the playoffs. His best season was in 2016, during which he started 30 matches and conceded 33 goals while recording 113 saves. He had nine shutouts in 2016.
There are four goalkeepers in camp for the Lions, including Rowe. The other three who have signed contracts with the Lions are Adam Grinwis, Mason Stajduhar and Greg Ranjitsingh. Orlando City EVP of soccer operations Luiz Muzzi said before the start of preseason training he was comfortable with those three keepers.
Muzzi added, “That’s not to say that we wouldn’t be looking at a goalkeeper eventually, but that’s not our top priority right now. We may end up getting somebody else.”
Rowe suffered a groin injury in 2017.
University of Delaware goalkeeper Todd Morton was at IMG for the first week of preseason training camp, but is no longer with the team.
Orlando City DA players at preseason camp
Orlando City confirmed three of its academy players are training with the Lions’ first team at IMG Academy.
The group is headlined by 17-year-old midfielder Jordan Bender, who signed a contract with Orlando City B in November. The other two players are Ates Diouf and Mamadou Fall. Bender has been with Orlando City’s development academy since he was 13 years old and was the captain of the academy’s U-19 squad.