Orlando Metropolis announce shock departure of Junior Urso resulting from ‘private causes’

Orlando City announce shock departure of Junior Urso due to 'personal reasons'

Orlando Metropolis have introduced the shock departure of standard midfielder Junior Urso, efficient instantly.

Urso joined Orlando from Brazilian facet Corinthians forward of the 2020 season on a contract understood to run by means of the 2023 MLS marketing campaign. The 33-year-old went on to play 100 occasions for the Lions throughout all competitions, serving to them to 3 successive MLS Cup Playoffs berths and the 2022 US Open Cup title.

Nicknamed ‘The Bear’, Urso cast a robust bond with the Orlando Metropolis supporters and even wore the captain’s armband when Mauricio Pereyra was absent.

Nonetheless, Urso’s contract has been terminated by mutual consent to permit the participant to return to his native Brazil, with the membership citing ‘private causes’.

“Junior has meant a lot to the tradition and course of this membership since becoming a member of us in 2020. He’s somebody that all of us love as each a participant and an individual, and we’re unhappy to see him depart,” Luiz Muzzi, Orlando Metropolis govt vice-president of soccer operations and basic supervisor, mentioned in a membership press launch.

“Whereas we noticed him as an essential piece for us shifting ahead, and we have been excited to welcome him again in 2023, we acknowledge that some issues are extra essential than soccer. Junior will all the time have a house with us right here in Orlando.”

Urso posted a farewell message of his personal, writing: “To my beloved Orlando Metropolis group, thanks very a lot for every minute you allowed me to characterize you for the final three years. There have been 100 video games, objectives, and the championship {hardware} we have all the time dreamed of.

“I did every little thing in my energy to make you’re feeling well-represented on the sector, and hope I made you proud. It hurts to say goodbye. I didn’t need it to be this fashion, nevertheless it’s time to maintain my household. Know that I like you and am going to overlook you. I can be rooting for you day-in-and-day-out. You’ll by no means hunt alone.”

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