Orlando City Signs Luke Boden and Harrison Heath


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Orlando City Signs Luke Boden and Harrison Heath

Both players will join the Lions for the Club’s inaugural Major League Soccer season

ORLANDO – October 27, 2014 – Orlando City Soccer Club announced today the signing of Defender Luke Boden and Midfielder Harrison Heath to multi-year deals, as the Club continues to comprise a competitive roster for its inaugural 2015 Major League Soccer (MLS) season. Per Club and league policy, additional terms of the deal were not announced.

“We’re delighted that Harrison and Luke have decided to remain with the Club heading into MLS,” said Head Coach Adrian Heath. “Moving forward, both players will be great additions to the squad.”

Throughout the past four years, Boden has remained at the core of the Orlando City defense in USL PRO, compiling 7,456 minutes in the purple and white kits. The Sheffield, England native made 82 appearances for the Lions, scoring four goals and notching 15 assists.

Prior to signing with Orlando City in 2011, Boden began his professional career with English League Championship side Sheffield Wednesday. After making 15 appearances with his hometown Club, the Englishman ventured on loan stints with Chesterfield, Rushden and Diamonds and Northampton Town.

Heath – the son of City Head Coach Adrian Heath – signed his first professional contract with the Lions in the latter portion of the 2014 USL PRO campaign, after spending the previous two seasons in the Norwich City FC Academy.

At only 18 years old, the defensive midfielder was a member of the starting 11 in several key USL PRO matches for Orlando City, making seven appearances.

Negotiations with City’s remaining USL PRO player Adama Mbengue is still underway.

Transaction: Orlando City signs Luke Boden and Harrison Heath

 

Luke Boden (Bo-den)

Position: Defender

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 184

Date of Birth: 11/26/1988

Birthplace: Sheffield, England

Citizenship: United States of America

Twitter: @Bodz1988

 

Harrison Heath (Hee-th)

Position: Midfielder

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 160

Date of Birth: 3/6/1996

Birthplace: Stoke-on-Trent, England

Citizenship: United States of America

 

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About Orlando City Soccer Club:

Recently ranked 14th among all professional teams in North America, Orlando City Soccer Club (OCSC) is Major League Soccer’s newest expansion team. The club will begin play in MLS in 2015, becoming the league’s 21st club. The Lions’ first team set the U.S. record for best start of any professional soccer club in its first USL PRO league 100 matches (66-12-22). Orlando City has won three USL PRO regular season titles and two postseason championships. Outside of the first squad, OCSC also has a youth club, Orlando City Youth Soccer (OCYS) and a U-23 team that participates in the PDL. For more information on the pro and youth clubs, visitwww.OrlandoCitySC.com and www.OrlandoCityYouth.org.