Orlando City sign Honduran teenager as Designated Player

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You may not have heard of 19-year-old Honduran forward Bryan Rochez.

But Orlando City SC have put a huge amount of faith in the teenage striker as the MLS newcomers have signed Rochez to a Designated Player contract as they prepare for their inaugural campaign in Major League Soccer.

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Rochez joins Orlando from Real C.D. Espana in the Honduras Primera Division where he has scored 29 goals in 59 matches since arriving in 2012. In 2014 he has scored eight goals in 18 matches so far and Orlando City Head Coach Adrian Heath is pretty pumped to get Rochez on board.

“We’re extremely delighted that Bryan is joining us for the 2015 season,” Heath said. “He’s a player that we’ve had our eyes on for quite some time now, as we believe that he has the ability to contribute to the team straight away.”

Rochez recently received his first call up to the Honduran national team and has CONCACAF Champions League experience already under his belt.

At 19 he is the youngest DP in MLS and with Brek Shea rumored to be joining Orlando in the coming days from Stoke City in the Premier League, the Floridian clubs forward options have suddenly increased.

Orlando has Kaka, Danny Mwanga and Jairo Arrieta as other notable attackers and although Rochez is somewhat of an unknown quantity, you only have to look at the success other Hondurans such as Roger Espinoza, Victor Bernandez and Boniek Garcia have had in MLS to see that this may well turn out to be a very smart move by the Lions’ front office.