Orlando City officially announced Honduran international Bryan Róchez as their second designated player today. Ending weeks of speculation and rumor, the Lions solidified the scoring third with a featured striker to head up the attack led by Kaká, Kevin Molino and likely Brek Shea. With this acquisition, the starting XI for OCSC is coming into sharper focus.
Only 19 years old, Róchez is one of the youngest designated players in MLS history. He has been tapped as the future of the Honduras national team with 5 goals in 14 appearances to date. His resume in the Honduran Primera Division is even more prolific with 30 goals in 62 appearances. As the highlight video shows below, it’s not that Róchez scores so much as how he scores that has made him a standout prospect in Head Coach Adrian Heath’s estimation.
With a nose for the ball not unlike one Dom Dwyer, Bryan has no hesitation in the box and can strike from distance. He is aggressive and has raw speed and power which perfectly fits the type of player that Adrian Heath likes to work with. This is what caught the attention of Orlando City in the first place and they wasted no time in moving on him.
“We’re extremely delighted that Bryan is joining us for the 2015 season,” Orlando City coach Adrian Heath said in a press release. “He’s a player that we’ve had our eyes on for quite some time now, as we believe that he has the ability to contribute to the team straight away.
Orlando City was not the only MLS team with an interest in the second leading scorer for the 2013-14 Honduran Primera Division. Multiple MLS teams attempted to put a claim on the 5-foot-11, 161-pound striker but Orlando City was the first to do so last year, after one of Heath’s scouting trips to Central America.
Peruse the following highlights below and feel free to daydream about how they will look on the Orlando City starting XI this March.