Orlando City signed academy product David Loera to a homegrown contract, adding another player to the midfield for the Lions.
Loera recently finished his third season with NC State, where he rose to become a vaulted attacking midfielder ranked No. 13 on Top Drawer Soccer’s Men’s National Top-100 list. The 21-year-old scored five goals and added three assists in his junior season, earning All-ACC honors for his third-straight year. He has been named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List and called up to the United States U-19 squad.
In 2016, Loera was called up to the United States U-19 Men’s National Team.
“We are thrilled to sign David to a multi-year Homegrown contract,” said Orlando City EVP of Soccer Operations Luiz Muzzi. “It is imperative for us to continue to grow the talent here in Central Florida and to work toward creating a pathway from our Development Academy to the First Team and David is an example of just that. He possesses great vision and control on the ball and we are very excited about his addition to our roster.”
The midfielder is the sixth player that the Lions have signed to a homegrown contract. Last year, homegrown standout Benji Michel notched five goals in his rookie season, reflecting how quickly a young local talent can make his mark on the team.