Nocerino headed to Orlando after MLS settlement

AC Milan midfielder Antonio Nocerino, who first seemed to be headed to D.C. United, will instead join Orlando City after the MLS clubs settled their claims to his rights. The Lions sent Targeted Allocation Money and General Allocation Money to United to pry away its Discovery rights.

D.C. United had a Discovery claim to Nocerino that prevented any other club from approaching him as long as it was negotiating with him.

“Antonio is a player that we really admire, who can be effective in a number of different positions, which gives us great depth,” said Orlando City president Phil Rawlins. “His vast experience in the Serie A will be invaluable for our team as we aim to make the MLS playoffs in 2016.”

The 30-year-old Nocerino spent 2015-16 on loan with Parma from AC Milan, scoring three goals in 20 Serie A appearances. His best season was in 2012-12 when he was named to the Serie A Team of the Year.

His longest stints were with Palermo (106 Serie games) and AC Milan (74).

Nocerino, who has 15 caps for Italy and played at Euro 2012, joins Salvadoran Darwin Ceren and Colombian Cristian Higuita, giving Orlando City one of the best combinations of central midfielders.
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