ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Orlando City Soccer Club goalkeeper Mason Stajduhar has been diagnosed with a form of bone cancer. Stajduhar, 19, begins treatment this week and will be placed on Orlando City’s season ending injury list, the club says.
“This is a difficult situation for Mason and his family, and I speak on behalf of our entire organization in standing behind the Stajduhars through his recovery process,” Lions head coach Jason Kreis said. “We will respect their privacy during this time and ask that everyone does the same.”
Stajduhar, a native of Connecticut, was signed as a homegrown goalkeeper for Orlando City during the team’s inaugural season in the MLS in 2015 and has since trained with the First Team and Orlando City B, the Club’s USL side.
Stajduhar’s lesion is localized, according to doctors, meaning it has not yet spread.
“Fortunately for Mason, we discovered this early, giving him a better chance for a cure and full recovery,” said Daryl Osbahr, MD, medical director for Orlando City SC and chief of sports medicine for Orlando Health. “We’re dedicated to working with Mason and his oncologists to fight his bone cancer and begin his road to recovery.”
Information provided by Orlando City Soccer Club.