ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 19, 2022) — Ahead of the 2022 Major League Soccer (MLS) campaign, Orlando City SC has signed defender Rodrigo Schlegel to a new, two-year contract with Club options for a third and fourth year, it was announced today.

Schlegel, 24, finished the 2021 campaign with 23 appearances for the Lions, featuring in the starting lineup 16 times as part of a City defense that set a Club-record with nine shutouts this past season. 

“Rodrigo has proven to everyone over the last couple years that he is a player who will give everything for Orlando and his dedication to everyone involved with the Club is incredible,” said Orlando City General Manager and EVP of Soccer Operations Luiz Muzzi. “Rodrigo has shown continuous growth both on and off the field since joining us and ensuring that he’s with us for the next few years is another important step towards accomplishing our ultimate goals for this organization.”

The Argentinian defender joined the Lions on loan ahead of the 2020 MLS campaign after starting his career at Racing Club of Argentina’s Primera División. Since then, the defender has appeared in 33 matches with 23 starts across all competitions. 

Schlegel has been an important part of Orlando City since joining the Club, most notably helping win the penalty-kick shootout to give the Lions’ their first playoff win in Club history over NYCFC in 2020.

TRANSACTION: Orlando City SC signs defender Rodrigo Schlegel to a two-year contract with Club options for a third and fourth year.