USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Friday, March 11, 2016
ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando City B has announced the signing of 2016 MLS SuperDraft selections Antonio Matarazzo and Keegan Smith, and versatile forward Alejandro Garcia for the club’s inaugural season in the USL.
“I feel they've all got good attributes and have potential to be good players,” said OCB Head Coach Anthony Pulis. “I'm delighted to sign all three.”
Matarazzo was selected by Orlando City SC in the third round of January’s MLS SuperDraft after making 49 appearances for Columbia University in his collegiate career. Materazzo was a three-time All-Ivy League selection during his time at Columbia, as he showed versatility in playing both as a midfielder and in defense.
“Antonio is a guy that caught my eye at the combine,” said Pulis. “He can play in a number of positions – he plays center back, left back, center midfield – technically very good. Obviously he has aspects that he needs to improve but he has potential.”
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Smith was selected by the Montreal Impact in the second round of the SuperDraft, but came available after the club decided not to sign him to a contract. Pulis said he was eager to see what the former OC Blues U-23 forward was capable of this season.
“When he left Montreal we jumped at the chance to bring him in to train with us,” Pulis said. “He is a forward that holds the ball up well, makes intelligent runs and is technically good. There are aspects of his game he needs to work on but I think he can be a good player for us.”
Garcia will join Smith in OCB’s attacking ranks after scoring 10 goals for the University of Cincinnati last fall. An American Athletic All-Conference selection, Garcia was a standout in the junior college ranks at Darton State College before transferring to Cincinnati for his final two seasons.“We brought him in for preseason, did very well so we decided to give him a contract,” Pulis said. “He is a good footballer, needs to improve physically but he is one that I think would fit in well with the way we want to play.”