As the Major Arena Soccer League’s Live Period comes to a close today at 6:00pm EDT, Turf and Boards has learned in an exclusive interview that Gordy Gurson has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the expansion Orlando SeaWolves.
The signing would re-unite Gurson with his Cedar Rapids Rampage General Manager Chris Kokalis. Kokalis declined to comment on the potential Gurson contract, and the SeaWolves have called a 3:00pm EDT press conference today to introduce their first official signing, who is expected to be a prominent player with local ties to the Orlando area.
Gurson spent the last two and a half years with the Rampage, scoring a total of 70 goals and 31 assists in 51 games. This past season was arguably the best of his four-year MASL career. The Rampage team captain, who turned 26 on May 2, led the squad with 30 goals and 19 assists, and added another 10 points in two playoff games. It was the first playoff appearance for the three year old franchise.
Gurson burst onto the scene in 2014/15 with the Seattle Impact and was traded during the season to the St. Louis Ambush. Gurson was voted as MASL Rookie of the Year after totaling 46 goals and 18 assists in an MASL-record 23 games played.
“Kid Dynamite” fielded interest from four other teams before deciding Orlando was his destination of choice.
The US National Arena Soccer Team star expressed his desire to win and thinks the Orlando team can catch fire in Central Florida. “This ownership group always treated me well in Cedar Rapids,” Gurson said, “and I think the SeaWolves will be supported well by the Orlando fans and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
Gurson is currently playing outdoors in Tasmania for the Olympia FC Warriors of Australia’s National Premier League, where he has three goals in his first four games. Their season ends in September, which means Gurson will be available for the Arena Soccer World Championship in Mexico this October, and will be able to report to Orlando’s first training camp on time.