2015 in Review Day 32: Bryan Rochez

Along with Kaka and Rivas, Rochez was one of three Designated Players signed by Orlando City for 2015. He had a slow start to the season, not making many appearances for the first couple of months. However, he came on as the season progressed and finally began showing some of the promise that the Orlando City coaching staff had noticed in him during the final months of the season.

Bryan Rochez headshot (c) MLS.com; MLS.com retains all copyright to this image.
Games Played16Shots11
Games Started0Shots on Goal7
Minutes265Yellow Cards2
Assists0Red Cards0

2015 Summary: Rochez was advertised as a speedy attacker, but it took a long time for Orlando City fans to get a chance to see him on the pitch. Quite frankly, by midseason I was questioning the wisdom of having such a young player who made so few appearances on the roster as a Designated Player. But in the final two months of the season, Rochez did begin seeing more appearances on the pitch for the team, and he proved quite productive, scoring on a pace of more than one goal for every 90 minutes on the pitch. He also proved a more accurate striker than some of the loose cannons on the team, putting 7 of 11 of his shots on target.

2016 Prediction: I am sad Rochez did not get a chance to play more in 2015, for I think he certainly proved to be among the most efficient scorers on the team. I would like to see him return in 2016 and I would like to see his minutes boosted. If the emergence of Cyle Larin will make it hard for other strikers to get much time on the pitch, then I think Rochez could be one of the more valuable trade candidates that Orlando City has on the roster, and his talents could be used in a trade to bring in some depth at other positions where the front office sees a greater need.

What about you? Do you want to see Rochez back in 2016, or do you believe he will be traded? Let me know in the comments!