ORLANDO, Fla. (March 17, 2017) - Orlando City SC waives forward Bryan Róchez, opening a Designated Player spot on the roster. Recently acquired attacker Giles Barnes will now occupy a Designated Player spot.
Rochez is claimed by Atlanta United off of waivers, carrying a Reserve Minimum Salary Charge for the expansion side. Orlando City SC will retain the rest of his 2017 budget charge.
Barnes joined the Lions on Feb. 25 via trade with Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The Jamaica national team star entered the Lions season opener in the 11th minute and earned the game-winning assist on his first touch - a lofted cross to the back post for Cyle Larin. Since joining MLS in 2012, Barnes has 33 goals and 16 assists in 132 regular and postseason appearances.
Róchez originally joined the Lions in December 2014 from Real C.D. España in the Honduras Primera División. In 2015, he scored three goals in 16 substitute appearances for the Lions. Rochez spent the beginning of 2016 on loan with Orlando City B in the United Soccer League. The Tegucigalpa, Honduras, native was then loaned to Real C.D. España for the remainder of the season.
Orlando will retain a percentage of any future transfer fee if the player is transferred outside of the league by Atlanta United.
TRANSACTION: Orlando City SC waives forward Bryan Róchez. Attacker Giles Barnes to occupy Designated Player spot.