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Three Orlando City stars signed for stretch run
by Paul Kennedy, by Ridge Mahoney, September 15th, 2011 3:24PM



[MLS SPOTLIGHT] On the final day before the MLS roster freeze, three teams picked up players from USL PRO champion Orlando City. For all the moves since the Aug. 15 close of the U.S. transfer window ...

USL PRO MVP Yordany Alvarez joined Real Salt Lake on loan from Orlando. Sporting Kansas City signed 27-year-old defender Lawrence Olum, a native of Kenya. And a third Orlando City player, forward Maxwell Griffin, is headed to the San Jose Earthquakes.

Alvarez, a 26-year-old midfielder, was one of six players who defected from the Cuban under-23 national team in an Olympic qualifying tournament in Tampa three years ago.

He had an unsuccessful tryout with the Los Angeles Galaxy and then joined the Austin Aztex, which moved to Orlando this season after two years in the USL First Division and USSF D-2 Pro League.

RSL also signed Nico Muniz from its RSL AZ academy team.

Olum moved to the United States as a teenager, and after playing four collegiate seasons at NAIA Missouri Baptist University, began his pro career in 2008 with Portland, then in the USL. After two seasons, he joined Austin Aztex and then moved with it to Orlando in 2011.

“He’s a versatile guy, and we’re looking for help in a couple different positions,” Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes said of Olum (6-foot-2, 185 pounds). “We feel that at this time in the year, we’re delighted to bring in a guy who’s just had a very good season.”

Griffin, 23, had 10 goals for Austin in 2010 when he was the USSF Division II Rookie of the Year and nine goals this year for Orlando. Like his brother Leonard, who had stints at Chicago, Columbus and Los Angeles in MLS, Maxwell attended UCLA.

(Since Aug. 15 close of transfer window)
Colorado: Miguel Comminges (Guadeloupe -- Southend United, England)
FC Dallas: Jeremy Hall (Portland Timbers)
Los Angeles: Dasan Robinson (Toronto FC)
New England: Monsef Zerka (France -- Iraklis, Greece)
Portland: Eric Alexander (FC Dallas)
Philadelphia: Thorne Holder (FC New York, USL PRO)
Morgan Langley (Harrisburg City Islanders, USL PRO)
Philadelphia: Joe Tait (England -- Dayton Dutch Lions, USL PRO)
Real Salt Lake: Nico Muniz (RSL AZ Academy)
Real Salt Lake: Yordany Alvarez (Cuba -- Orlando City, USL PRO, on loan)
San Jose: Maxwell Griffin (Trinidad & Tobago -- Orlando City, USL PRO)
Seattle: Bryan Meredith (Kitsap Pumas, PDL).
Seattle: Sammy Ochoa (Estudiantes Tecos, Mexico)
Sporting KC: Laurence Olum (England -- Orlando City, USL PRO, on loan)
Sporting KC: Peterson Joseph (Haiti -- Braga, Portugal)
Toronto FC: Kyle Davies (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Vancouver: Carlyle Mitchell (Joe Public FC, Trinidad & Tobago)

  1. Jeff Leadbeater
    commented on: September 16, 2011 at 11:08 a.m.
    Correction: Lawrence Olum is the Orlando City player that was signed away. Maxwell Griffin is also on loan.

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