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ORLANDO, Fla. (May 5, 2022) - Orlando City SC has acquired 20-year-old forward Gast贸n Gonz谩lez from Club Atl茅tico Uni贸n, commonly known as Uni贸n de Santa Fe, of Argentina鈥檚 Primera Divisi贸n, it was announced today. Gonz谩lez joins the Lions as a U22 Initiative player on a three-year contract with Club options in 2025, 2026 and 2027, pending receipt of his ITC.聽

The forward has been placed on the Season Ending Injury list and will head to Orlando after undergoing surgery for an Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury that was sustained in Uni贸n鈥檚 match against Club Atl茅tico San Lorenzo de Almagro on April 19.聽

鈥淔ollowing Gast贸n鈥檚 unfortunate injury we were able to restructure our deal for him to join the Club. For us now, Gast贸n鈥檚 recovery is what is most important and we will give him all the necessary resources to come back healthier and stronger,鈥 said EVP of Soccer Operations and General Manager Luiz Muzzi. 鈥淎lthough we are saddened by the circumstances delaying his on-field arrival, injuries are a part of the game and we鈥檙e very excited about having him here, his future with us and we look forward to him joining the team when fully healthy.鈥

A product of Uni贸n鈥檚 youth academy system, Gonz谩lez joined the Tatengue鈥檚 first team in August of 2020, following one year with their reserve side. Since then, the winger has made 58 appearances across all competitions with the Argentinian club, including appearances in the Copa Sudamericana and Copa Diego Armando Maradona, scored eight goals and added seven assists in those matches.聽

Gonz谩lez鈥檚 timeline for return from surgery will be available after completion of the operation and a complete evaluation.聽

TRANSACTION: Orlando City SC acquires 20-year-old forward Gast贸n Gonz谩lez from Club Atl茅tico Uni贸n as a U22 Initiative Player on a three-year contract with Club options in 2025, 2026 and 2027, pending receipt of his ITC. Subsequently, Gonz谩lez has been placed on the Season Ending Injury list.聽

Name: Gast贸n Gonz谩lez (GAH-stone gon-SAH-less)

Position: Forward

Height: 6-0

Born: June 27, 2001 in Santa Fe, Argentina

Hometown: Santa Fe, Argentina

Citizenship: Argentina