Orlando City have just traded Rafael Ramos to the Chicago Fire in return for the home grown rights that sees them sign Cam Lindley from Chicago Fire.
The youngster is one of the most interesting midfield talents in the country at the moment and represents a really good deal.
However, is he worth trading a firm fan’s favourite for?
Ramos may have been plagued by injuries during his time with Orlando City, but the Portugal native remains one of the most likeable players in the MLS and that is the major reason why the fans of Orlando City love to see him play for them.
The right back was a dedicated professional who was the last of the 8 players that remained with the Lions through their journey from the USL Pro to the MLS. His performance in Orlando City’s inaugural MLS season would not be forgotten quickly as he started 24 of 25 games that season. He was as dependable as he was required to be throughout that campaign.
A succession of muscle injuries stopped him from playing more than 10 games last season, but Ramos would be missed as a player who embodied what the Orlando City franchise is about, he may have come from Portugal, but the four seasons he played at the Orlando City , he was fully committed.
Lindley is an exciting prospect and his 7 goals and 13 assists in 22 games for
Chicago's U-18 shows he has solid potential, and his overall value to the team might even become greater than what we are all expecting, but what if he never stays the duration of his deal or fails to handle the pressure of playing in the MLS?
This signing also seem to provide an insight into the Lions’ priority ahead of the new season, with the arrival of Lindley coming just a few days after the signing of another attacking midfielder, Josue Colman, it seems Orlando City want to play a more attacking brand of football this coming season.
Lindley comes highly rated, even higher than the man who was traded for his signing, but he has a huge task in filling in for the departed Ramos both in the team’s dressing room and in the hearts of the fans who have become accustomed to the sight of Ramos donning the Orlando City jersey.
Ramos transfer leaves new signing R. J. Allen and Scott Sutter as the only natural right back in the squad which clearly means they would need to strengthen that area of the team before the new season.