Orlando City Extends Midfielder Mauricio Pereyra Through 2021 MLS Season

FC Cincinnati's Leonardo Bertone (left) vies for the ball against Orlando City's Mauricio Pereyra (right) during a game between FC Cincinnati and Orlando City SC in 2019. Photo by Kevin Schultz/CSM/Shutterstock (10429966g)

Just days after finishing the 2020 MLS Cup playoffs, Orlando City SC are making moves to position themselves to make another run next season. One of those moves was extending attacking midfielder Mauricio Pereyra, who was on expiring contract.

Orlando City announced on Tuesday that Pereyra inked a new deal that will keep him with the organization through 2021.

Pereyra was one of the key contributors for Orlando this season, playing in 16 games and scoring two goals with eight assists. He also started in both of the team’s postseason matches.

Orlando City finished the regular 2020 season No.4 in the Eastern Conference. They got the win via penalties in the first round of the playoffs over NYCFC, but failed in the second to the New England Revolution.

Before arriving in Orlando in 2019, Mauricio Pereyra spent the better part of his professional career in Russia, where he played for Krasnodar. He also suited up for Nacional in his native country Uruguay, and Lanus in Argentina.

“We are very excited to have Mauricio continue with us in Orlando for another year,” said Luiz Muzzi, executive vice president of Orlando’s soccer operations. “He has shown himself to be incredibly creative and a driving force behind our attack. Mauricio is a very important piece on our roster, and we look forward to seeing how he continues to elevate his game with the club next season.”