Louisville City FC adds former Orlando City defender Bryan Burke
The San Francisco University graduate is a former Orlando City player and the only former Lion to have signed with Louisville City so far.
Wednesday, February 4th 2015, 10:50 PM EST
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Louisville City announced another key component of their inaugural roster Thursday, adding right back Bryan Burke to the lineup.
The San Francisco University graduate is a former Orlando City player and the only former Lion to have signed with Louisville City so far. Though Louisville City is affiliated with Orlando City and has a free-form player sharing agreement with the MLS team, Burke is not part of that agreement and has signed with Louisville outright.
Head coach James O'Connor is familiar with Burke's game as the two played together with Orlando City in 2013 and Burke's aggressive wing play from the right back position was likely a target for O'Connor's planned attacking formation.
After going on trial with the San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas City, Burke landed in Orlando for that season before suffering a broken leg in July.
Burke returned to Orlando in 2014 and made three consecutive starts to begin the season, landing on USL PRO's team of the week once. Over his two seasons with the lions, Burke netted three goals in 26 total appearances.
The Newport Beach, California, native previously played with Premier Development League and USL PRO teams in Orange County, spending a year in between with PDL side Kitsap in Seattle for the 2011 season.
Burke was released from Orlando City in September 2014 as the club retooled their roster for the move to MLS this season.
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