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Orlando City trades Mohamed El-Munir to LAFC for João Moutinho

Los Angeles Galaxy defender Dave Romney (4) defends Orlando City defender Mohamed El-Munir (13) as he heads toward the goal in the first half at StubHub Center. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

Orlando City’s roster rebuild ahead of the 2019 season is underway. 

The club on Tuesday confirmed it will send Libyan left back/winger Mohamed El-Munir to LAFC in exchange for Portuguese left back João Moutinho, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. 

The Mane Land on Sunday first reported a deal to send El-Munir to LAFC was in the works. The move was first confirmed by Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times. 

Moutinho played in 14 games (10 starts) for LAFC last season. El-Munir started as a left back for Orlando City, but new coach James O’Connor — who was hired midseason — used him more as a winger. 

El-Munir was part of a massive roster rebuild ahead of the 2018 season. He’s the latest player to be moved. Orlando City traded Brazilian left back/midfielder PC during the half-day trade window on Sunday. Several players have already said their goodbyes to Orlando City after their options weren’t picked up. 

Orlando City finished last season 8-22-4 (28 points), the worst record in the club’s MLS history. 

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