2015 in Review Day 28: Tommy Redding

Oviedo's own Tommy Redding achieved the dream of many young athletes in 2015, growing up to play professional sports for the hometown team. Redding is another holdover from the club's USL side that made the transition to MLS, and at 18 he was one of the youngest players on the roster.

Tommy Redding headshot (c) MLS.com; MLS.com retains all copyright to this image.
Games Played2Shots0
Games Started1Shots on Goal0
Minutes87Yellow Cards0
Assists0Red Cards0

2015 Summary: Redding's youth and relative inexperience kept him out of the Starting XI almost all season, and he only made one other appearance coming off the bench. Early on it seemed he was one of the players that Coach Adrian Heath wanted to send to Orlando City's USL affiliate, Louisville City, to gain some additional playing time, but injury and international callups prevented him from being able to send players away just as much as his youth prevented Redding from seeing any significant playing time with the first team.

2016 Prediction: Redding is one of four players from the first team roster to be featured prominently in the announcement of the OCB club. I expect him to play an important and regular starting role with OCB next season, and should international call-ups or injuries make it necessary to bring players up to the first team for a single match or a stretch of matches, I would expect Redding to be one of those players and that the increased match time at OCB will help him be a better contributor at the first team level in those appearances.

What about you? Do you expect to see Redding with OCB next season or do you think he will return to the first team with Orlando City's MLS side? Let me know in the comments!