32-year-old left back joins Lions as free agent
ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando City SC has signed free agent defender Emmanuel Mas (eh-mah-noo-EL MAHS) for the remainder of the 2021 Major League Soccer season, with a Club option in 2022, it was announced today. Mas will join the Lions pending the receipt of his P-1 Visa and ITC.
“We are really happy to welcome Emmanuel to Orlando and are excited about the experience and technical skill that he’ll add to our team at this crucial point in the season,” said Orlando City EVP of Soccer Operations Luiz Muzzi. “Our goal as a Club is to win titles and we believe the move to bring in a high-calibre player like Emmanuel is another step towards that end.”
Mas started out his professional career at Club Atlético San Martín in his hometown of San Juan, Argentina, moving from the club’s U19 side to the senior side in January of 2008. Since then, the left back has featured for numerous top clubs, including Argentina’s Boca Juniors and Turkey’s Trabzonspor.
The 32-year-old has won three trophies across his club career, including the 2013/2013 Copa Libertadores during his time with Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro and two Argentinian Championships with Boca Juniors in 2018 and 2020. To date, Mas has totaled 335 appearances, scored 18 goals and provided 23 assists across all competitions with his previous clubs.
On Sept. 5, 2015, the San Juan, Argentina, native made his senior international debut for his home country in an international friendly against Bolivia. Mas started the match and played all 90 minutes in the 7-0 win for Argentina. The 32-year-old has made eight total appearances for the Albicelestes, including six appearances in Conmebol World Cup Qualifying matches.
TRANSACTION: Orlando City signs defender Emmanuel Mas for the remainder of the 2021 Major League Soccer season as a free agent, with a Club option in 2022, pending the receipt of his P-1 Visa and ITC.
Name: Emmanuel Mas
Born: Jan. 15, 1989 in San Juan, Argentina
Hometown: San Juan, Argentina