Orlando City SC Acquires Striker Martin Paterson on Loan

ORLANDO – January 26, 2015 – Orlando City Soccer Club has acquired Northern Ireland National Team striker Martin Paterson on loan from Huddersfield Town the Club announced today. Per Club and league policy, additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Martin is an experienced striker who will be a valuable asset for the team and our younger players in particular,” said Orlando City Head Coach Adrian Heath. “We’re very pleased to have him with the Club for our first season in MLS.”

Paterson, 27, joins the Lions after appearing in over 200 matches in various leagues in England for clubs such as Stoke City, Burnley and Huddersfield Town. Additionally, Paterson is currently a member of the Northern Ireland National Team, earning 22 caps and three goals at the senior level.

The striker began his professional career in 2005 with Stoke City in the English Championship – making his debut in a 2-0 win over Plymouth Argyle after ascending through the club’s academy program. Paterson appeared 15 times for the Potters in two seasons before making stops at Grimbsy Town and Scunthorpe United.
In 2008, Paterson joined Burnley where he underwent the most successful period of his career. In five seasons with Burnley, the forward made 130 appearances – featuring 23 times in the English Premier League during the 2009-10 season – and scored 29 goals.

Paterson joined Championship side Huddersfield Town in 2013, scoring five goals in 25 appearances before being loaned to Briston City and, most recently, Fleetwood Town.

Transaction: Orlando City SC Acquires Martin Paterson on Loan
Name: Martin Paterson
Date of Birth: 05/10/1987
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 141 lbs.
Birthplace: Tunstall, England
Citizenship: England