Orlando City has announced a trade. The 29-year-old Iraq
international Justin Meram changes team after the Lions have paid $1.05 million in allocation money to the Columbus Crew.
After Sacha Kljestan operation, Meram is the second most expensive trade this offseason so far, becoming a major signing for Orlando City. In addition, the deal has added an international roster spot for Columbus.
Jason Kreis obtains a great midfielder with playoff experience and amazing performances in Major League Soccer, being a key player for Columbus’ achievements. In general, Meram spent all his career on The Crew, making 212 appearances, scoring 42 and 34 assists in his seven seasons as a professional footballer.
On the field he is more comfortable playing out wide while creating danger from the wings, nevertheless, he is capable of taking responsibilities as a playmaker, which makes him a versatile option for offensive combinations.
However, last season Meram was an important player not only for Columbus, but for MLS itself. Regarding his stats for 2017 campaign, he played 39 matches, scoring 14 goals and assisting 6 times.
Definitively, Justin Meram is Orlando City’s 10th signing for 2018 season, which sets some pretty high expectations for the Lions.