El Salvadorian player adds offense to Orlando City Roster


Orlando City Soccer Club

El Salvadorian Darwin Ceren (right) was Orlando City’s third MLS signing of the offseason.

The Orlando City Lions have added another name to its roster for the final 2014 USL Pro season and the inaugural 2015 Major League Soccer (MLS) season, with the signing of Darwin Ceren.

The El Salvadorian captain will join the Lions after obtaining the necessary visa to play in the United States.

The announcement comes amid many new additions to the front office who promises to make Orlando City as competitive as possible when the jump is made to MLS. This promise seems that it will be kept with such a high caliber player being added.

Ceren, who is only 24, is the third MLS signing for Orlando City along with Kevin Molino and Yordany Alvarez. Darwin moves from top division El Salvadorian side, Juventud Independiente where he wore the captain’s armband playing as a defensive midfielder.

He made 83 appearances for the club scoring 15 goals during his time there.

With 16 caps for his country Darwin has played in the Gold Cup and World Cup qualifying matches bringing with him precious experience for the Lions.

The signing of the Central American comes from coach Adrian Heath’s successful trip to El Salvador during the offseason in December 2013.

After witnessing a match between two top division sides in El Salvador the young midfielder impressed well enough to merit the coach’s interest to bring him to Orlando.

“Darwin is at the right age, he’s the captain of his country and an all-round great kid, so I’m very pleased that we were finally able to get this deal finalized.” said Heath in a statement.

With the club roster growing in talent by the week, the final year in USL Pro is shaping up to be an exciting one.