Orlando City B’s roster is taking shape.
OCB General Manager Mike Potempa said the first two signings for Orlando City’s USL League One (formerly USL D3) would be Orlando City Development Academy Players. Wednesday, the club announced the team’s first signing would be 17-year-old midfielder Jordan Bender.
Bender has played for Orlando City’s development academy since he was 13 years old, Potempa said. Bender has also been called up to the United States Under-16 Boys National Team.
Bender, the captain of Orlando City’s U-19 squad, which he has played for since he was 16, is a Montverde Academy senior who graduates in May 2019. He’ll study in college while playing for OCB – Potempa has stressed education since taking over as OCB’s GM.
“This is a really exciting moment for us,” Potempa said in a statement to Pro Soccer USA. “Our first movement shows that we strongly believe in our development academy, as Jordan is a player with tremendous ability and we are extremely pleased to have him on board as we build the roster for the upcoming season.”