Nocerino secures move to the MLS

Italian midfielder Antonio Nocerino has signed with Major League Soccer club Orlando City from AC Milan for an undisclosed fee.

Orlando will have to pay a portion of their targeted and general allocation money to DC United who hold a discovery claim on the 30-year-old, in accordance with MLS regulations.

Out of favour at the San Siro, having made just two Serie A appearances this season and spending the majority of the past two seasons on loan at West Ham, Torino and Parma, Nocerino will now link up with former teammate Kaka in Orlando.

"Nocerino is an energetic and hard-working box-to-box midfielder that can provide an immediate impact within the squad," Orlando coach Adrian Heath told SportItalia.

"He has a tremendous amount of experience playing at the highest level and his ability to play numerous roles in the midfield will be an incredible asset for us this season. We're looking forward to working with him."

Nocerino – a 15-time Italy international – arrives as Orlando City look to reach the play-offs for the first time, having missed out by just five points in their inaugural season last term.

Orlando founder and president Phil Rawlins added: "Antonio is a player that we really admire, who can be effective in a number of different positions, which gives us great depth.

"His vast experience in the Serie A will be invaluable for our team as we aim to make the MLS play-offs in 2016."

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