Orlando City announces Kaka’s long term replacement: Josué Colmán

Confirming what unofficial Orlando City social media have surmised for weeks, the club today announced the signing of Paraguayan attacking midfielder Josué Colmán as a Young Designated Player. As Colmán is under 20 years old, his salary will only count as $150,000 against the club salary cap. Colmán was most recently playing for Club Cerro Porteño of Paraguay’s Primera División, where he played a pivotal role in the attack and helped Cerro Porteño win a Torneo Clausura championship. Colmán also made five starts among seven appearances in Copa Sudamericana in 2016 and 2017. Colmán’s deal is for 5 years including options.

Someone looks excited.

 

From the youtube highlights that can be gleaned, Colmán has a gifted view of the field at all times and is a tenacious attacker of the ball. His determination to fight through challenges fits right in with the Lions’ mentality on the field and goes more than a long way to filling the void the team has had in the attack.

With the retirement of Kaka and the number one goal of making the postseason in 2018, Orlando City was in desperate need of a strong attack and with the addition of Colmán along with MLS All-Star Sacha Kljestan and two time NASL Golden Boot winner Stéfano Pinho, the club looks to be making significant strides in that department. It’s clear though that the team still has work to do before the preseason starts to get to where they need to be but the good news is that they appear to realize it.

Take a look at some of his skills in this video put together by @TheRoarPod: