January 6, 2017
Luke Boden moving to Tampa Bay
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rowdies have signed former Orlando City SC defender Luke Boden, the team announced Friday.
Boden, a 28-year-old left back, Boden made 45 appearances in the last two seasons for Orlando. Boden made 95 USL appearances for Orlando from 2011-14 and was among eight players to make the transition to MLS with the Lions. Boden appeared in one match for Orlando City B in the USL last year.
“Luke is a great addition to our team,” Rowdies coach Stuart Campbell said. “He brings a great deal of experience to our side having played in so many matches at both the USL and MLS levels. He’s a reliable defender with a great left foot that will bring a lot of intensity to our side.”
Boden, the fifth defender signed to the Rowdies’ roster, will wear the No. 14 jersey Boden, born in Sheffield, England, played for Sheffield Wednesday’s academy and joined the first team from 2006-11, with loan spells at Rushden & Diamonds, Chesterfield and Northampton Town.
Boden won three USL championships and was named to the USL Pro Team of the Season in 2014.