Or­lando City signs Ruan to a two-year con­tract

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORTS WEEKEND - By Mike Gra­majo, Iliana Limón Romero

Or­lando City has ex­er­cised its op­tion to ac­quire de­fender Ruan, who has signed a two-year con­tract with the Lions that in­cludes an op­tion for a third year.

Brazil’s Clube Atlético da Barra da Ti­juca signed Ruan in 2017. He was later loaned to As­so­ci­ação Atlética Ponte Preta and Boa Es­porte Clube be­fore join­ing Or­lando City on loan in 2019. Now his rights have been fully trans­ferred to the Lions.

“We are very happy to have Ruan con­tinue as a part of our Club,” Or­lando City ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of soccer op­er­a­tions Luiz Muzzi said in a news re­lease an­nounc­ing the trans­ac­tion. “Ruan showed last sea­son that he is an im­por­tant piece on our ros­ter, with the abil­ity to both de­fend on the out­side but also con­trib­ute on the of­fen­sive end through his pace and skill. We look for­ward to see­ing what he can do in 2020.”

Ruan, a 24-year-old known for his re­mark­able speed, made 23 starts and 25 over­all ap­pear­ances for the Lions dur­ing the 2019 sea­son. He pro­vided a spark for a dra­mat­i­cally im­proved de­fense and fin­ished se­cond on the team be­hind Nani with five as­sists.

OCB coach­ing up­date

Marcelo Nevel­eff is ex­pected to be named the new head coach of Or­lando City B en­ter­ing the 2020 USL League One sea­son, mul­ti­ple sources con­firmed to Pro Soccer USA.

Nevel­eff, who was hired in May as Or­lando City’s academy di­rec­tor, pre­vi­ously worked as an as­sis­tant coach with the New England Rev­o­lu­tion.

The Ar­gentina na­tive also has a USSF A coach­ing li­cense.

It’s un­clear whether Nevel­eff will re­main as the club’s academy di­rec­tor while at the same time manag­ing OCB. Nevel­eff is not coach­ing a de­vel­op­ment academy team this sea­son, which runs from Septem­ber 2019 to July 2020.

Javier Car­rillo, who is also the academy’s di­rec­tor of coach­ing, could over­see the DA while Nevel­eff man­ages the USL team, ac­cord­ing to club sources.

OCB head coach Fer­nando Jose de Argila Iru­rita was fired in July af­ter the team posted a 3-12-5 record go­ing into fi­nal eight games of the 2019 sea­son.

Academy coach Roberto Sibaja, who took over OCB coach­ing du­ties on an in­terim ba­sis shortly af­ter, is cur­rently coach­ing the U-18/U-19 team.


Or­lando City de­fender Ruan moves the ball against FC Dal­las dur­ing the 2019 sea­son.

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