Orlando City general manager Niki Budalic continues to make moves in hopes of turning the Lions fortunes around this season. The Lions latest move was announced Friday afternoon, as the club nabbed Peru international Yoshimar Yotun on a Designated Player contract.

The move to add Yotun, who comes over from the Swedish team Malmo FF, becomes the latest addition in an attempt to bolster Orlando City’s attacking midfield and forward positions, which the Lions recently traded for star forward Dom Dwyer from Sporting KC via a trade. The midfield, which already consists of MLS All-Star Kaka and Carlos Rivas, gives Orlando City coach Jason Kreis more options with mixing up the lineup.

Yotun has made 64 international appearances for Peru, which during that time the 27-year old has notched a couple goals and added seven assists. For Orlando City, Yotun will likely see time as an attacking midfielder and a leftback. With the latest acquisition of Yotun, who will not suit tonight against the Montreal Impact, Orlando City now owns one of the more formidable lineups in Major League Soccer. Yotun will practice all of next week in anticipation of making his debut for Orlando City against the New York Red Bull’s in New York City.

Orlando City faces off against the Montreal Impact tonight in a pivotal Eastern Conference matchup, which the Lions are currently sitting in seventh place with a record of 8-8-6. The Impact are currently in 10th place with a record of 6-8-6. A win for Orlando City would be huge, as the club is in the midst of a 1-3-1 skid in its last five games and with the recent moves of acquiring Dwyer and Yotun, the Lions must turn it around sooner rather than later. Tonight’s game versus Montreal is slated for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff at Stade Saputo.

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Andy Villamarzo has covered high school and youth sports for the Tampa Bay Times and The Tampa Tribune as a correspondent since 2008. He is a native of Holiday, FL, who graduated from Gulf High School and studied at St. Petersburg College. He has covered various prep, collegiate and professional athletes throughout his writing career, including Josh Johnson (Jacksonville Jaguars), Patrick Schuster (Arizona Diamondbacks) and currently writes for other publications like The Suncoast News, Friday Night Football Magazine and TopDrawerSoccer.com.

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