KENYA BROWN - Friday, June 22, 2018
Shane O'Neill's European excursion has come to an end as Orlando City announced on Friday the signing of the center back from Excelsior in the Dutch Eredivisie.
The Irish-born defender has agreed to a three-and-a-half-year contract. He will count as a homegrown player eligible for selection after the secondary transfer window opens on July 10.
"We are pleased to add Shane to our roster. He is an athletic defender who is competitive and hungry to succeed. Shane's experience in MLS and Europe in addition to various U.S. national teams will be valuable as we head into the second half of the season," said Orlando City SC general manager Niki Budalic in a statement on the team's website.
The 24-year-old launched his professional career in Major League Soccer with the Colorado Rapids before heading to Europe where he signed with Apollon Limassol in Cyprus. This then led to loans to Royal Mouscron in Belgium and English League Two team Cambridge United.
However, O'Neill would find success in the Netherlands when he was sent out on yet another loan to NAC Breda during the 2016-2017 Eerste Divisie season. He went on to play in the 31 games and score one goal during the campaign as he helped the team earn promotion to the Eredivisie.
On the international front, O'Neill has not been involved in the US national team plans since being called up to camp in January 2015.