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Who is Oriol Rosell and what can he bring to Orlando City’s play?

January 31, 2018

Orlando City’s transfer spending spree has seen them land Spaniard Oriol Rosell from Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon for a reported $900,000. His signing comes as a major boost to the Lions effort to put together a team capable of challenging for trophies this season. But just who is the not-so-famous Spaniard.

 

Born Oriol Rosell Argerich in Catalonia Spain in the year 1992, Rosell grew up in Barcelona and joined the Catalans famed youth set-up, the La Masia Academy in the year 2006. He became the second player to have gone through the Barcelona set up to play in the MLS when he joined Sporting Kansas City in 2012.

 

He left the MLS for the Portuguese league with Sporting CP in the year 2014, but he struggled to make an impact with the Lisbon club and was sent out on loan to multiple Portuguese sides before between 2016 and 2018, before joining Orlando City this month. He has been capped once by the unofficial Catalonia national team.

 

At the age of just 25, Rosell is very experienced and his earlier stint with Kansas City means he knows the MLS all too well also.

 

He is primarily a defensive midfielder who thrives on shielding the defense with his tough tackling style. He is also very adept at turning defense into attacks, helping his team to build counter attacks from corner kicks and free kicks.

 

He is also one of those defensive midfielders that can score goals from long range as can be seen from his single goal in 12 appearances this season.

 

His average rating on Whoscored is 6.79, and he has an impressive average pass completion rate of 79.9%. He is very good at ball interception, passing the ball, shooting from distance, and blocking the ball from opponents. Impressively, per Whoscored he does not go flying into challenges unnecessarily and he has an appetite for playing the long ball.

This signing seems to tick all the boxes for a player who can help shield the Lions defense ahead of this new season.

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