Orlando City Homegrown player Mason Stajduhar
, 19, begins treatment this week after being diagnosed with a form of bone cancer.
An exam by team doctors uncovered a cancerous lesion
that prompted further evaluation and was diagnosed as Localized Ewing Sarcoma.
“Fortunately for Mason," said Dr. Daryl Osbahr
, MD, medical director for Orlando City and chief
of sports medicine for Orlando Health, "we discovered this early, giving him a better chance for a cure and full recovery.”
Stajduhar was signed as a Homegrown goalkeeper for
Orlando City in 2015, its inaugural season in MLS, after his selection to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Best XI with Orlando City's U-18 team. He did not play for Orlando City or Orlando City B
“This is a difficult situation for Mason and his family," said Orlando City coach Jason Kreis
, "and I speak on behalf of our entire organization in standing behind
the Stajduhars through his recovery process. We will respect their privacy during this time and ask that everyone does the same.”