Orlando City B has added national-team talent to its roster. On Wednesday, the team announced the signing of midfielder Ryley Kraft.
Kraft signed with OCB before the team’s second season in the United Soccer League. He recently receive his first call-up to the United States U-19 national team on Feb. 3 for a 22-player training camp.
“Ryley is a young central midfielder with good potential,” second-year OCB head coach Anthony Pulis said, per the press release. “He was brought to our attention after the last U.S. U-19 training camp, and, after doing our due diligence, we feel he will be a good addition to our group. He is technically sound, sees a pass and gets about the field well. He is only 18, so we will have to be patient and give him time to settle and adjust, but we’re excited to work with him.”
Before signing with OCB, Kraft played two seasons with Sacramento Republic FC’s U-17/18 Pro Academy. From 2015 to 2017, Kraft scored 12 goals in 46 appearances (33 starts).
OCB will play in a closed-door friendly against Florida International University on Saturday at 2 p.m. The team will then start its season on March 25 with a visit to the Tampa Bay Rowdies.