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Orlando City set to acquire Real Salt Lake defender Danilo Acosta

Columbus Crew SC forward Pedro Santos (9) battles against Real Salt Lake midfielder Danilo Acosta (25) in the first half at MAPFRE Stadium. (Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports)

Orlando City is set to acquire defender Danilo Acosta from Real Salt Lake, league sources told Pro Soccer USA. The deal is pending league approval.

Acosta played in 12 matches for Real Salt Lake last season with 10 starts. He tallied two assists in league play last season. 

Acosta, 21, was called to the USMNT U-20 training camp in 2016. The 5-foot-11 Homegrown is capable of playing at centerback or outside back, according to Real Salt Lake’s website. Acosta didn’t play much at the end of the 2018 season and was subbed on just once during Real Salt Lake’s final 14 matches of the season. 

He will be the latest acquisition for Orlando City, which continues to revamp its roster after a rough 2018 season.

The Lions are in need of players capable of playing left back. 

Orlando City traded Brazilian left back Victor “PC” Giro to Vancouver Dec. 9 in exchange for a third-round 2019 SuperDraft pick. Shortly after that, the club traded left back Mohamed El-Munir to LAFC in exchange for João Moutinho, the No. 1 pick in last season’s SuperDraft.

Left back Donny Toia, whose 2019 contract option was declined by Orlando City, was acquired in the MLS Re-Entry draft by Real Salt Lake.

 

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