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Orlando City SC Weekly

Fourteen games into the season and Orlando City SC is looking like the team we hoped they would.  After a rocky start, the Lions have managed to right the ship, collecting 8 points in their last 4 matches. The club is currently on a four match unbeaten streak. But even with the success as of late, there are still some folks that think it’s not enough. To those people I say, consider this… In the first ten matches of the season, the Lions managed to scrape together 9 points out of a possible 30.  When you look at what they have accomplished since their 4-0 thrashing of the LA Galaxy on May 17th, it’s easy to see the pieces are beginning to fall into place. I mean after all, we could be New York City FC cleaning the cellar in last place, but we’re not! #NotARivalry

With the recent return of Pedro Ribeiro and Lewis Neal, the club has added a bit more depth to the roster. While Ribeiro was out nursing a torn hamstring, Cyle Larin stepped in and gave Lion’s fans something to cheer about. The number one overall pick has five goals on the season, and is currently tied with last seasons Golden Boot winner, Bradley Wright-Phillips.  In the eyes of the Lion faithful, Larin does seem to be well on his way to Rookie of the Year honors.

Coming into Saturday’s match-up against the Chicago Fire, the Lions were sitting in 7th place in the east, one spot out of the playoff race. In what was billed as an important conference match up for both clubs, Orlando City came out sluggish.  The first half saw the good guys go down early with a beautifully placed goal by Chicago’s Kennedy Igboananike.  Chicago managed to score twice in the half, with one of those benefiting the Lions. Pressure from Pedro Ribeiro, forced Chicago’s Adailton to put the ball in the back of his own net to draw the Lions level at 1-1 going into the break.

In the second half however, we saw a much more aggressive attack from the City lads. Cyle Larin would come on to replace Ribeiro, and it wouldn’t be long before he made his presence felt.  Fighting through a couple of defenders, Larin would rip a shot from outside the box that you just had to see to believe! (Highlights can be found by clicking HERE.) Add another own goal by Adailton late in the match, and the Lions would pull out the 3-2 win. This was the clubs first ever win against an Eastern Conference opponent. The win also moved Orlando City up to the 4th place in the conference.  With matches coming up against two more Eastern Conference opponents (DC United & Montreal) the Lions are now hopefully hitting their stride. It’s not crunch time just yet, but if they want to stay in the playoff hunt, they cannot afford to keep giving up points against clubs in the east.

US Open Cup play is set to start next week, and Orlando City will log plenty of miles in a short amount of time. After the home match against DC United on June 14th, the Lions travel to Charleston to face the Battery in the 4th round of the US Open Cup on June 17th. However, there will be no rest for the weary! The lads will then head north of the border to face Montreal on June 20th. Three matches in six days will really test the depth of the bench for Adrian Heath and his club!

But first up is league leading DC United.  The match is scheduled for Sunday, June 14th, with kick off set for 7:00 pm. This will be the third and final meeting between the two clubs for the regular season.  The first two meetings both went the way of United.  A 0-1 heartbreaking defeat at home for the Lions in April and a 2-1 road defeat in May. Tickets are still available for this match-up, so be sure to follow the links below for more information.

If you are not able to make it to the match, City Pubs around town will be broadcasting the match complete with drink specials.  Check out the link below to find you nearest City Pub location.  The game will be carried nationally on Fox Sports 1.

Vamos Orlando!

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Orlando City SC: Week in Review

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…

 

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PC: Ismael Shah

 

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

If you are unable to make it to the match, it will be broadcast on either Fox 35 or My 65 locally in Orlando beginning at 7 pm.

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.

Vamos Orlando!

Futbol Fiesta: Mexico vs Costa Rica

The City of Orlando and Orlando City SC recently announced an International Friendly match between Mexico and Costa Rica. Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Mayor Buddy Dyer, and Orlando City SC founder Phil Rawlins were on hand for the announcement at the Orlando Citrus Bowl.  This friendly will be the biggest international match up in The City Beautiful since the 1994 World Cup.

 

3-19-2015 Orange County to Host Friendly Futbol Fiesta Photo

(L-R) Orlando City Soccer Club Founder and CEO Phil Rawlins, City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs

 

The Orlando Citrus Bowl will play host to the match up on June 27th at 6:00 pm.  Leaders from both the city and county hope the two soccer giants will bring international media awareness as well as an economic impact to the area.

Mexico and Costa Rica have a rich football history together dating back to 1935.  The match-up in June will mark the 50th meeting between the two countries (all competitions).  This will be the first time both countries have faced off against each other here in The City Beautiful. For Mexico this will be their first visit to Orlando since their 2-1 win over Ireland in the 1994 World Cup.

Orlando City SC is offering a “Two Pack” starting at $45.  The “Two Pack” will include one ticket for the May 17th Orlando City match against LA Galaxy, and one ticket for the June 27th Mexico vs Costa Rica match.

https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/ocsoccer/EN/legacy/flexdiff/details/15OCFLEX

Individual match tickets for Mexico vs Costa Rica go on sale to the general public April 15th at 10 am.  Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster.

http://www.ticketmaster.com/Orlando-Citrus-Bowl-tickets-Orlando/venue/278605

 

 

 

 

 

On The Road with Orlando City Soccer: Carolina Challenge Cup

There was an electricity in the air when we arrived at The Plaza Live in Orlando’s Milk District. When Matt and I pulled up at 7:30 am there was already a party in the parking lot. The flags were waving high, the drums were lined up on the pavement, and adult beverages were already being consumed. It was a beautiful purple clad army ready to hit the road in support of our club.

Univision Orlando showed up to interview us and shoot some video before we rolled out at 8:30. The chants and drums filled the air. It was a little taste of what was to come at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston. You just knew this was going to be an unbelievable day.

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Me, Matt Armijo, Pablo Sierra & Kevin Gurnett getting ready to Ruckus!

 

The ride was… well let’s just say it was a blast! It would be hard for me to paint a picture because so much happened on the six-hour trip. It is one of those, “you had to be there” deals. What I can tell you is we used this dress rehearsal to perfect our new chants and formulate our plan of attack for our opening match.  Trust me when I tell you, the Ruckus will be brought on March 8th!

Once we got to Blackbaud, I could see the different supporter groups had sections of the parking lot set up for their tailgate. It was hard not to notice that our reserved area was 3 times larger than any of the others, later I would find out why.

OCSC Carolina Challenge field

Photo credit: David Blair

Right before the first match between Charleston and Houston kicked off at 5 pm, the ratio of Orlando City Supporters to all other supporter groups combined (Atlanta, NYC, Charleston, and American Outlaws) was at least 5:1. Needless to say we traveled very well. In total there were two 60 passenger buses between the Ruckus and ILF (Iron Lion Firm). Plus there were an additional 50-60 supporters who drove up for the weekend. All in all it was an awesome turnout from both groups.

At around 7 pm we marched into the stadium, Charleston wasn’t ready for this. Once the drums started up and our voices filled the crisp evening air, phones came out of pockets. People took pictures and videos of us from any where they could. They were on top of the stands, hanging off the rails, and walking along side us. We were center stage, and Charleston was not disappointed. We even closed the show with some pyro for good measure.

Photo Credit: Orlando City SC

Photo Credit: Orlando City SC

When Kaka scored in the 31st minute, we went bananas! It was a nice little sequence between him and Kevin Molino that created the opportunity to bury it in the back of the net. I feel like these two are going to give everyone a lot to feel good about this season. In the end we drew 1-1 with NYCFC. There are still some kinks to work out but I am confident Inchy will have the boys ready to dominate on March 8th. (You can watch the whole match on Charleston’s YouTube Channel!)

If you still do not have tickets for the home opener, please visit http://orlandocitysc.com/FillTheBowl!

The club will be hosting a number of events the week leading up to opening match. Many of these events include a ticket voucher for the match on March 8th.

For more details, visit http://www.orlandocitysc.com/ockickoff or follow them on social media via FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

Forever Our City!

Orlando City SC Economic Impact = $1.2 Billion Impact For Central Florida

Are we getting a new uniforms?  Can the new stadium be by SeaWorld? Can we see more charts and graphs? All the things we were wondering up until Tuesday!

Orlando City SC (OCSC) held a press conference on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Amway Center to present the Economic Impact Study the team commissioned from CS&L. The study showed that a new Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium would have a $1.2 billion economic impact on the local area. The presentation, led by OCSC President Phil Rawlins, was yet another step on the team’s journey toward an MLS franchise for Central Florida.

“We have a fantastic opportunity to bring a second major-league pro sports franchise to the city,” said Rawlins. “We need to grasp it with both hands and come together to make this work for the region.”

The report laid out the economic details on Orlando City’s goal of becoming a MLS franchise in the immediate future. The estimated cost of the new multi-purpose stadium would be $96 million. The new facility would generate new revenues of $1.2 billion over the next 30 years.

71% of the overall cost of the stadium would be spent locally in the Central Florida area, totaling $69 million. Construction of the facility would also create 890 jobs in the Orlando area.

USL teams, like Orlando, that have moved up to MLS have averaged a 325% attendance increase in their first season- making a strong statement that OCSC could draw big attendance numbers once in the MLS.

The proposed facility would also be able to host international friendly games, US National Team and NCAA Final Four soccer matches along with regional sporting events and concerts.

About Orlando City Soccer Club:

Orlando City Soccer Club (OCSC) is the premier professional soccer sports franchise in the State of Florida. The Lion’s have won two regular season titles and one postseason championship during their short time in Orlando. For more info on pro or youth soccer in Orlando visitwww.orlandocitysoccer.com and www.orlandocityyouth.org.