​Orlando City had been reportedly in the market for depth on the defensive end, and they have secured a deal to bring back home one a former USMNT defender who's spent most of his career playing in England.


As confirmed by the team's official website, Orlando City has signed former Manchester United and Birmingham defender Jonathan Spector, although terms of the deal were disclosed per league's policy.

Spector has been listed as a Discovery Signing, and his transfer will be confirmed once the International Transfer Certificate (ITC) arrives to Orlando.


“We are thrilled to add a player of Jonathan’s pedigree to our roster,” Lions CEO Alex Leitão said. “We are very confident Jonathan will fit nicely into our camp and provide veteran leadership in the back.”


“It’s no secret we have been looking for another defender,” Lions General Manager Niki Budalic said. “Jonathan brings the leadership and character we've been looking for. His experience will be a valuable asset to build a competitive squad.”


The 30-year-old defender will add a big deal of versatility to Orlando, as he can play as a center back, fullback and even as a defensive midfielder, although he's spent most of the time playing as a CB. He made 23 total appearances for Birmingham in 2016-17, and also played for Manchester United a few years ago.

In his career, Spector has made 101 English Premier League appearances and 153 in the Championship, and has featured in the UEFA Champions League and Europa League. As if that wasn't enough, he also has 36 caps for the USMNT throughout his career.


By all accounts, a solid signing for Orlando on their quest to strengthen the defensive line.