Amro Tarek with Real Betis shirt - Columbus Crew website
CAIRO – 03 February 2018: Orlando City SC announced on Friday that they signed the Egyptian defender Amro Tarek from Wadi Degla FC on a one-year loan with an option to buy.
Orlando announced the signing through its official website by saying: “We are pleased to welcome Amro on loan. He’s an athletic left-footed center back who will add competition to our defensive group. His familiarity with MLS and hunger to succeed will allow him to transition well into Orlando,” Lions General Manager Niki Budalic said.
Orlando City SC are currently 10th in the Eastern conference of the Major League Soccer (MLS).
Amro Tarek played for Wadi Degla in 11 matches this season; also he featured for Enppi in 25 matches in the last season.
The 25-year-old played for Real Betis in 2016 before he was loaned to Columbus Crew, a club in MLS. He made one appearance with Columbus. Having some familiarity with MLS should help Tarek get acclimated to his new team.
Tarek played two seasons for Egyptian Premier League side El-Gouna FC from 2013 to 2015, making 47 appearances across all competitions. He began his career in 2010-11 with FC Magdeburg II in Germany before moving to SC Freiburg II and VfL Wolfsburg II.
Tarek, who was born in Los Angeles but moved to Egypt as a child, made his senior international debut for Egypt on March 28, 2017 in a 3-0 friendly win over Togo.
Amro Tarek joined the two other Egyptian players in the MLS, Omar Gaber of Los Angeles FC and Aly Ghazal of Vancouver Whitecaps.
Amro Tarek will participate in the Eastern conference of the MLS while the other two Egyptians compete in the Western conference.