Orlando City Soccer has just announced that it has “mutually terminated” midfielder Junior Urso’s contract with the team and that he will be returning back home to Taboão da Serra, Brazil.

“To my beloved Orlando City community, thank you very much for each and every minute you allowed me to represent you for the last three years. There were 100 games, goals, and the championship hardware we’ve always dreamed of. I did everything in my power to make you feel well-represented on the field, and hope I made you proud. It hurts to say goodbye. I didn’t want it to be this way, but it’s time to take care of my family. Know that I love you and am going to miss you. I will be rooting for you day-in-and-day-out. You will never hunt alone.”


Urso joined the Lions for their 1010 season and has started 89 times, he scored 14 goals and 11 assists, with eight of those assists happening in 2022.

“Júnior has meant so much to the culture and direction of this Club since joining us in 2020. He’s someone that we all love as both a player and a person, and we’re sad to see him leave,” said EVP of Soccer Operations and General Manager Luiz Muzzi. “While we saw him as an important piece for us moving forward, and we were excited to welcome him back in 2023, we recognize that some things are more important than soccer. Júnior will always have a home with us here in Orlando.”

Brendan O'Connor

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