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Orlando City sends Victor ‘PC’ Giro to Vancouver in exchange for third-round SuperDraft pick

Orlando City SC defender PC Giro (94) during the second half at Orlando City Stadium. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Orlando City has traded Brazilian left back/midfielder Victor ‘PC’ Giro to the Vancouver Whitecaps in exchange for the Whitecaps’ natural third-round pick in the 2019 SuperDraft.  

PC, who was signed to a four-year contract from the Tampa Bay Rowdies before the start of the 2017 season, played in eight league matches (five starts) for Orlando City in 2018. He also played in eight MLS matches with five starts in 2017.

PC’s lone goal this season came during the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup against NPSL side Miami United FC. 

The Lions finished last season with a 8-22-4 (28 points) record, the worst in the club’s four-year MLS history. Last week, the club announced it had declined the options of eight players and fired general manager Niki Buldalić. A league source confirmed to Pro Soccer USA that Luiz Muzzi from FC Dallas will be brought on to take over soccer operations for the club. 

The left back position was somewhat of a revolving door for Orlando City this season. Mohamed El-Munir played well in spurts, but was eventually moved to left winger. Donny Toia’s contract option was declined, and so were the options of centerback Jonathan Spector and midfielder Tony Rocha. Typical right back RJ Allen saw time at left back, as did midfielder Will Johnson. 

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