Orlando City B signs Montverde Academy student-athlete Luc Granitur, age 15, as the second professional athlete for their USL League One side. Granitur has been a member of the Soccer Institute at Montverde Academy (SIMA) and the Orlando City Development Academy (OCDA) programs since he was 13 years old.
Ganitur, a forward for the U.S. U16 National Team and born in 2003, is the youngest player ever to be signed by the Orlando City Soccer Club in its history. Born and raised in Vero Beach, Florida, Granitur attends Montverde Academy as a high school student in eleventh grade and is currently also on the Magna Cum Laude list after the first academic quarter.
“This opportunity shows that all the hard work and sacrifices my family and I have made over the years are well worth it,” said Granitur. “I want to make it all worth it.”
Granitur broke onto the scene last year with OCDA’s U15s scoring 33 goals in 32 games including 6 goals in 3 games in San Diego at the USDA showcase in July 2018. As a result of his success, he was called up to the U.S. U16 National Team camp in Bradenton, Florida for the first time in his young career.
This season, Granitur is the starting center forward for OCDA’s Under-19s, despite being three to four years younger than his teammates and opponents. Now the second signing for OCB in USL League One, Granitur joins SIMA/OCDA product Jordan Bender as the first two signings of the club’s Next Generation Youth Movement. Both Granitur and Bender are student-athletes who attend Montverde Academy for their education and participate in the SIMA Program and the Orlando City DA.
“Luc is a unique talent and one who we feel has the proper mentality and ability to play for the first team in time,” said OCB general manager Mike Potempa. “Granitur will be the youngest signing on our roster at just 15 years old, but he is already showing he can handle the level as he is currently our top goal scorer and points leader for the U19s. Once again, it shows we believe in our Academy and we believe in opportunities for young players.”
Granitur will continue his high school studies at Montverde Academy as it is the Headquarters of youth development and home of the Soccer Institute at Montverde Academy, the Orlando City Development Academy, and the Orlando City B programs. Granitur will continue to live on campus and is currently on track to graduate from high school in May of 2020.
“It’s a family here,” said Granitur. “They prepare you mentally and teach you not only to be a good athlete but a good person.”