The Oregon native is set to join his second expansion team in three years. His latest endeavor, in central Florida, hoping to prolong his career.
As of January 27th, the former NYCFC goalkeeper is now part of the partnered 2015 MLS expansion side, Orlando City SC. The three-time MLS Cup winner joins the Lions after spending the last two seasons as the starting number one for NYCFC.
Saunders led the league in saves in 2015 and made 66 appearances for New York City FC.
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The former LA Galaxy man brings playoff, league, and international experience to his new club as well as a previous partnership with head coach, Jason Kreis. Saunders has played 11 years in the MLS, accumulating 125 appearances.
In terms of the post season, Saunders has taken part in 11 games with the LA Galaxy in 2009, 2011, 2012.
Here’s what Niki Budalic, GM of Orlando City, had to say about the move, “Josh is a veteran MLS goalkeeper that will add championship experience, leadership and depth to our side with 125 appearances in 11 years in the league. Jason Kreis is very familiar with Josh from his time in New York and Real Salt Lake and is looking forward to working with him again.”
With Joe Bendik starting 34 games last season for Orlando, Saunders will most likely serve as back-up and provide league experience to the rest of the keepers.
After conceding 56 goals in 2016 and missing the playoffs by only five points, Saunders could help push Bendik and the Orlando defense into better form.
Josh was able to move away from NYCFC after the club picked up former Chicago Fire standout keeper Sean Johnson.