It was a busy week for Orlando City SC, but that’s the way I like it! There is a little bit of everything to talk about this week so let’s get to it…
At Columbus Crew SC
Going into Columbus expectations were high for Orlando City SC. Coming off a huge win over the Timbers in Portland the week before, we were all riding high. If we could shutout the mighty Portland Timbers in the Rose City, Crew SC should be a walk in the park, right? WRONG! Orlando City looked good for the first 25 minutes, but after a Crew SC goal in the 32nd minute and a red card to Rafael Ramos in the 34th minute, the wheels quickly fell off the wagon. Orlando City would be forced to play a man down for the remainder of the match after Ramos was sent off. This proved to be fatal in the 55th minute when Columbus would score their second goal of the night. Our boys would never recover. When the dust finally settled, Orlando City would suffer their worst defeat of the young season, falling 3-0 to the Columbus Crew.
14,000 Season Tickets Sold
On Wednesday Orlando City SC reached their season ticket goal of 14,000 tickets sold. This makes Orlando City SC one of only four clubs in Major League Soccer to have a waiting list for potential season ticket members. The club ranks among the top teams in the league in terms of season tickets sold and overall attendance this season. Only Seattle Sounders FC have a higher average home attendance than Orlando City. This is just more proof that The City Beautiful is the “Soccer Capital of the South”.
Brett Lashbrook Resigns
It was announced today that COO Brett Lashbrook has resigned his post with the club. Lashbrook joined Orlando City SC in 2013 and played an integral role in Orlando securing their MLS bid. Brett Lashbrook’s last day with the club will be Friday, May 1st. CEO Alex Leitao will assume ticket sales, corporate sales, marketing, and communications as the club attempts to restructure the front office.
Toronto FC Comes to Town
Looking to bounce back from a disappointing trip to Ohio, Orlando City hopes to get back on track this Sunday. US National Team stars Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradly come to town looking to keep Orlando City on the ropes at home. In three matches at the Citrus Bowl, Orlando City have only been able to generate one point and one goal (both came against fellow newbies NYCFC back on March 8th). The last two home matches were both heart breakers, where our boys lost 0-1 on stoppage time free kicks to Vancouver and DC United. Toronto FC brings a pretty stacked roster with limited results thus far to Orlando. With just three points in five matches, the struggle is real with Toronto FC this season. To be fair though, both Altidore and Bradley have been called away to the national team on more than one occasion this season. With both of these guys back in the line up and Orlando City hungry for their first home win, this should be be a fun match up for all involved.
For those of you looking for tickets, there are still some available on the Orlando City SC website. Follow this link for more information —-> Tickets
As usual, you can find me in Lot 11 with the rest of The Wall. If you make it out, stop by and say hello.