Orlando City U-23 completed four signings today to fill out their roster for the 2012 USL Pro season.
The big story is David Graydon. Originally from Ireland, but raised here, he is finishing his senior year at Montverde Academy, where he wore #10. The 18-year-old midfielder/forward was named an ESPN All-American in his junior year, and rated the #1 prep soccer recruit this past season by CBS Sports MaxPreps and #1 on the PowerAde FAB 50. He had 11 goals and 14 assists for Montverde this past season alone, and has committed to Saint Louis University for the fall semester.
Oumar Diakhite is originally from Senegal, and also graduating from Montverde Academy. He was named All-Central Florida this past season by Orlando Sentinel, and is headed to Lindsey College this fall.
Jason Wellington, 19, is finishing his freshman year at Seton Hall University, and hails originally from West Palm Beach. The senior-year All-State defenseman from American Heritage Prep in Boca Raton started 12 matches for Seton Hall in 2011, scoring 2 goals and 2 assists.
Ricardo Campbell, a midfielder, is no stranger to the PDL; last year he played for the Brooklyn Knights. He attended the Orlando City open tryout, and has trained with the U-23 squad ever since, taking part in their first scrimmage in mid-April.
BTW: For those wondering, Adama Mbengue, who was a popular sight in City’s preseason, has been training with the U-23 squad, but has not signed.
In other news, Adrian Heath has been named Director of Coaching for Orlando City Youth Soccer.
His credentials include an official UEFA professional coaching license, one of the highest qualifications any coach can receive. Prior to coming to America, he spent several seasons as a coach, including player-manager at Burnley in 1996-97, and two stints as caretaker manager for Coventry City.
Greg Brick, who served as interim Director, will become the Technical Director. Hue Menzies takes over as Director of Soccer Operations.