Orlando City made waves this offseason as the club put together their roster for 2018. Head Coach Jason Kreis and his staff brought in a blend of MLS veterans and younger players through the draft to mix with their current nucleus of players. With Orlando making the trip to Talen Energy Stadium, we'll take a look at three new additions to their roster.
A man that needs no introduction to Union fans patrols the midfield for Orlando this season. Sacha Kljestan joined Orlando this offseason after a stellar stint with New York Red Bulls. During his time in Jersey, Kljestan put up monster numbers piling up 51 assists and 16 goals in three seasons with the Red Bulls. In his career against Philadelphia, Kljestan has racked up four goals and four assists in just nine appearances against the Union. Philadelphia will need to keep a tab on Kljestan as they take the pitch Friday.
Joining Orlando this season after a long stint in Columbus is MLS veteran Justin Meram. Coming off a career year where Meram appeared in all 34 regular season matches for Columbus, the eight-year veteran has never been in better form. Last season, Meram set a career high in goals scored with 13, reaching double-digit goals for the first time in his career as he led the Crew to the Eastern Conference Final for the second straight year. This year, Meram has been spreading the wealth for Orlando leading the club in assists.
Chris Mueller joined Orlando through the more traditional route as Orlando’s first-round selection in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. Mueller was selected with the sixth overall pick in the draft and has hit the ground running since joining the purple and gold. Mueller has appeared in all five matches this season for Orlando and made his first MLS start on March 17 against New York City in Yankee Stadium. Mueller came up massive for Orlando in their most recent contest notching his first career MLS goal in the club’s colossal comeback win against Portland Timbers.