After an unsuccessful trial with D.C. United, Sean St Ledger has now moved on to Orando City SC, where general manager Paul McDonough believe he has a good chance of making the 2015 roster.
Orlando City SC general manager Paul McDonough has revealed to MLSsoccer.com that new trialist Sean St Ledger is in prime contention to land a roster spot for the coming season.
Orlando agreed terms with Brazilian defender Paulo Andre last month following his release from Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua, but the veteran backed out of the deal after receiving an increased offer from Cruzeiro.
With the expansion side still looking to plug the hole next to former MLS Cup MVP Aurelien Collin in central defence, the Republic of Ireland international is now the front-runner to land a spot in the same line-up as superstar Kaka.
St Ledger, 30, had failed an initial MLS audition last week when he left Eastern Conference champions D.C. United following an unsuccessful trial stint, but Orlando’s thin backline has given him another chance to revive his career in the States.
The ex-Leicester City and Middlesbrough man is set to have competition, however, with McDonough confirming that another unnamed candidate is due to arrive from England’s second-tier this week.
“Sean is very much first choice at the moment,” McDonough explained. “He has the experience and the kind of ability we’re looking for in the middle of the back four.
“But we will also be bringing over another English player from the Championship on Monday or Tuesday and giving him a full trial as well. He can play at both center back or on the right, so it’s perfectly possible we could sign both of them.”
St Ledger has seen injuries hamper his career in recent seasons, with a reoccurring groin problem limiting him to just two appearances for Leicester last term.
Released in the summer following the club’s promotion to the Premier League, the 37-times capped stopper struggled to find a new club until joining Ipswich Town on a short-deal in November, but failed to make an appearance during his one month at Portman Road.
Looking to America as his next option, last month’s spell with United lasted just two 45-minute outings in the team’s opening preseason friendlies, but a major role with the Florida-based outfit appears like it could be forthcoming.