ORLANDO, FL Orlando City SC has acquired 26-year-old forward Ercan Kara from Rapid Vienna of the Austrian Bundesliga, Austria’s top flight, it was announced today. Kara will join the Lions as a Designated Player, pending the receipt of his P-1 Visa and ITC, on a three-year contract through 2024, with Club options in 2025 and 2026.
“We are very excited to secure Ercan as another strong attacking presence for the Club,” said Orlando City SC Chairman Mark Wilf. “He strengthens our lineup and will help us take another step toward winning championships in Orlando.”
“Acquiring Ercan is a great move for us and we’re really happy to get him to Central Florida,” said Orlando City General Manager and EVP of Soccer Operations Luiz Muzzi. “His size and strength make him a great target for us inside the box, but his skills make him a threat from outside as well. We think his versatility up top is going to open a lot of opportunities for us in attack.”
Kara’s contract runs through 2024 with option years for 2025 and 2026. He becomes Orlando’s second Designated Player signing this offseason, joining Facundo Torres who signed for a club-record transfer fee from Peñarol last week.