Today, the Orlando City Lions added Will Johnson. According to the Orlando Sentinel, it is a two-year deal with an option for a third year. A bonus about signing Johnson is the fact that he does not count as a international signing.
Furthermore, the midfielder has a winning pedigree and knows how to manage the midfield and especially the defensive side of the midfield in the box.
Now, Will Johnson is a former two-time MLS champion, and interestingly, one of those championships came with current Orlando City Head Coach Jason Kreis at Real Salt Lake in 2009. He won another championship in his career with the Timbers in 2015 and without Kreis.
In addition, General Manager Niki Budalic is very excited to have Johnson join the team. He spoke about Johnson by saying “He is a proven and accomplished MLS player that knows the league and [Kreis’] system very well from their time at Real Salt Lake. We are confident he will help the club achieve its goals moving forward.”
Finally, the Canada international gets to play on a regular basis with his Canadian teammate Cyle Larin, plus he adds a wealth of experience to Orlando, having made 212 MLS regular season appearances, as well as featuring in 25 playoff matches, registering 29 goals and 22 assists overall with three appearances in the MLS All-Star game.