After seeing their season cut short in the 2017 College Cup, two North Carolina men’s soccer players will have the chance to make an impact on the next level when they join the Major League Soccer ranks this week.
On Thursday, it was announced that sophomore midfielder Cam Lindley’s rights were acquired by Orlando City, S.C., from the Chicago Fire. Lindley will join Orlando in exchange for defender Rafael Ramos and $100,000 in Targeted Allocation Money.
The former Tar Heel midfielder earned a four-year contract with Club options. He is no stranger to the professional competition, having won a national championship with the Chicago Fire Under-18 Academy team, as well as playing in the Professional Development League with Chicago FC United in 2016 and the Wilmington Hammerheads in 2017.
Lindley’s acquisition comes after a stellar sophomore season. The midfielder scored seven goals and tallied 13 assists in 22 matches, and he led the Tar Heels back to the College Cup for the second consecutive season. His 13 assists were the most by a player in head coach Carlos Somoano’s seven seasons as coach.
Lindley’s play also earned him the distinction of ACC Midfielder of the Year, and he was named a first team All-American. In addition to these accolades, Lindley was named a MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist, an award given to the nation’s top player.