Orlando City Gets Their Goalie

Credit: AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck

Meanwhile, Orlando City have solved their need of an goaltender after Tally Hall was let go by trading a 4th round draft pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft to Toronto F.C. for goalie Joe Bendik.

In addition, Bendik is only 26 years old, but with a lot of experience. Bendik spent three years in Toronto with the first two as the starter, but was shaky in 2015 and ended up splitting time with Chris Konopka. Bendik’s option was declined after the 2015 season and he has agreed to a new contract with Orlando.

Adrian Heath seems very excited to have Joe Bendik as his goalkeeper and here is what he said: “Joe is a proven goalkeeper who has significant amount of experience within the league, We’re looking forward to working with him, as he’s a strong competitor who comes highly recommended.”

Now, Bendik posted a 1.39 goals against average despite a frustrating 6-16-11 record with Toronto FC in his first season (2012-2013) as the starter. Then in 2013-2014 he saw his goals against average rise to 1.67 and in 2014-2015, he posted a goals against average 2.08 in 13 starts last year, when he missed time due to a plantar fascia strain. In Toronto, Bendik appeared in 73 games and posted a total of 1.62 goals against average with a 18-35-20 record. Bendik’s record looks bad, but he played well despite being behind an awful front 4.

Finally, before Orlando City got Joe Bendik, the options at the goalkeeper position were weak and real young. Those other goalkeepers are second year UCLA product Earl Edwards (projected as Bendik’s backup), who did not make a regular season appearance last year and 18 year old Homegrown Player Mason Stajduhar. Stajduhar signed last month with Orlando and is the future goalkeeper of this franchise.

Grade: A

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