After two outstanding years as the top player in the UNC men’s soccer program, midfielder Cam Lindley is moving on to the MLS.
It was announced Thursday that Orlando City FC signed the Indiana native after trading defender Rafael Ramos and $100,000 to the Chicago Fire–the club that previously owned Lindley’s rights since he played for its U-18 Academy Team.
Before coming to Chapel Hill, Lindley helped the Fire’s U-18 side win a national championship.
As a member of the Tar Heels, he was named ACC Freshman of the Year and a Second Team All-American during his debut campaign in 2016.
Lindley followed that up by earning ACC Midfielder of the Year and First Team All-American honors as a sophomore–posting seven goals and 13 assists in the process.
UNC qualified for the College Cup–soccer’s version of the Final Four–in each of his two years on campus, and his 13 assists this past season were the most by a Tar Heel under current head coach Carlos Somoano.
At least two Tar Heels have signed with an MLS club each year since 2010, with forward Zach Wright (Sporting KC) making the move on Wednesday.
In total, 48 UNC players have signed deals with the MLS since 2000.
Photo via Jeffrey A. Camarati (UNC Athletics)