Orlando City added desperately needed offensive depth today with the additon of 23 year old midfielder Luis Gil who is currently playing in Liga MX. While Real Salt Lake has his right of first refusal, the Lions traded for that with $100,000 of TAM money to be handed over in 2018. The lack of offensive depth was on display last Saturday when Orlando City were down 2-0 at Columbus and the only sub with any offensive possibilities was Cristian Higuita. Yeah, not optimal. Gil will wear #17, Darwin Ceren’s former number, and marks just the latest addition to the team that has formerly played under Jason Kreis at some point.
“Luis offers us another attacking threat and will fit in nicely with our squad,” Orlando City SC General Manager Niki Budalic said. “He [Jason Kreis] spoke very highly of Luis from his time at Real Salt Lake and we’re excited for him to join the team.”
Gil has significant MLS experience, playing in 134 regular season games plus 11 post-season matches for Real Salt Lake, 93 of these matches were while playing for Kreis.
You can follow Gil on Twitter: @Luisitogil_10
Per the team release:
TRANSACTION: Orlando City SC acquires the Right of First Refusal to midfielder Luis Gil from Real Salt Lake in exchange for $100,000 of Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) to be delivered in 2018. The loan includes an option for purchase at the end of the 2017 Major League Soccer (MLS) season. If Gil doesn’t remain with the Club in 2018, Orlando City SC receives $50,000 in TAM from Real Salt Lake in exchange for the Right of First Refusal to Gil.
Luis Gil, No. 17
Weight: 155 lbs
Birthdate: November 14, 1993 (Age – 23)
Birth Place: Garden Grove, California
Last Club: Queretaro FC (MEX)