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Central Florida Top 5’s 2017 Soccer Preview

We are just days away from 2017 and The City Beautiful is already filling the calendar with the Beautiful Game! If you are a fan of soccer and you live in the Central Florida area, you will not be disappointed with this line up.

Florida Cup 2017

There will be two separate competitions in the Florida Cup this year.  The Florida Cup Challenge, will feature six international club sides from four countries (Argentina, Brazil, Germany, and USA).  The competition will take place from January 8-15, with each club playing two matches.  The club with the most points at the end of the competition, wins!

The Florida Cup Playoff, is a single elimination tournament where only one club is left standing. There are six clubs from four countries (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Ecuador) all fighting to lift the cup at the end of the tournament.  This leg of the competition runs from January 15-21.  For more information on both Florida Cup competitions including clubs, venues, and fixtures, visit http://www.floridacup.com.

 

Orlando City SC

It has been two years in the making but the wait is almost over! We recently found out when Orlando City Soccer Club will finally play in the new Soccer Specific Stadium (SSS) located in Downtown Orlando.  The date for the first ever match in what will be Orlando City’s forever home, is March 5, 2017.  The Lions will face New York City FC in the opening match of the season for the second time in three years. If you enter LionNation’s 12 Days of Christmas you can win tickets to this opener! [Linkhttp://orlan.do/LN12days] The match is scheduled to kick-off at 5 pm and will be televised on ESPN.  For tickets and more information, visit http://www.orlandocitysc.com.

ProTip: Sign up for LionNation and get single game ticket priority! Info here: http://orlan.do/2hg9wfA

 

Orlando Pride

News broke earlier this week that Alex Morgan would be temporarily leaving the Orlando Pride to play in France. Morgan has agreed to a six month deal to play with Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon in the Division 1 Feminine. Not to worry too much Pride fans, Alex is scheduled to be back stateside in May 2017.  The Orlando Pride kick off their season in April in the new SSS downtown. The schedule has not been released yet, but updated information (and some great gift ideas!) can be found at http://www.orlandocitysc.com/pride.

 

Orlando City B

Orlando City B (OCB) will be making the move to Orlando after only one season in Melbourne. With the new SSS opening, OCB will be one of three clubs playing their home matches in Downtown Orlando in 2017.  OCB will also attempt to resurrect the I-4 Derby with cross state rivals the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

The Rowdies made the move from the North American Soccer League (NASL) to United Soccer League (USL) at the end of the 2016 season.  If you have never attended one of the original derby matches, this is a can’t miss.  More information regarding Orlando City B’s  upcoming schedule can be found at http://www.orlandocitysc.com/ocb.

 

International Champions Cup and Visit Orlando

The International Champions Cup (ICC) is the premier preseason competition for European football clubs. The friendly competition will take place in July, just one month before most of the domestic leagues across Europe begin play. The ICC brings some of the biggest clubs and stars in the world of football together for a tour of the United States, Australia and China. Past clubs in the tournament have included, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool, Chelsea, AC Milan, and Bayern Munich to name a few.

 

Welcome to Orlando @IntChampionsCup! ⚽️💜 #ICC2017 #VisitOrlando

A photo posted by Jen (@jenvargas) on

The ICC and Visit Orlando have partnered up to bring this competition to Orlando’s Camping World Stadium in the summers of 2017 and 2018.  Imagine the possibility of stars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi playing right here in our backyard! More schedule and ticket information will come in the new year, and this is sure to be the hottest ticket in town this coming summer.  Stay tuned for updates as they become available. For more info regarding the ICC, go to http://www.internationalchampionscup.com.

David in Peru Orlando City

Me sharing love of Orlando City in Peru!

Next year is shaping up to be the best year for world class soccer The City Beautiful has ever seen. I look forward to being there with Central Florida Top 5 every step of the way!

Vamos Orlando!

Orlando City Soccer Club: The End of an Era

With the close of the season just a few days away, the Lions are looking to finish strong in their final match at Camping World Stadium (CWS). Over the past six seasons, Orlando City has played 93 matches at CWS, and there have been a lot of memories made here.

Orlando City Supporters

A view from the supporter section!

From the first ever preseason match against the Philadelphia Union… to the championship matches in 2011 and 2013… To the first ever MLS match in 2015. From playing in front of a few thousand people every week, to playing in a packed house of 65,000 fans…This is where the dream was realized.

Orlando City Soccer #FillTheBowl

Orlando City Soccer Inaugural effort to #FillTheBowl

The final game has been dubbed a “throwback game” by the club, and will have a “where we came from” theme. A look back at the short, yet rich history and intoxicating embrace this club has put on The City Beautiful.

It will be a chance for all fans to reflect on the past and look forward to the new soccer specific stadium (SSS) on Church St. Out with the old, and in with the new, but maintaining that sense of knowing where it all began. Kick off is set for 4 pm this Sunday.

Join me at the match! I’ll be where I always am… doing my part to “Man the Wall“.  Let’s get the place rockin’ and send the Lions out with a bang one last time at CWS!

Photo by Jen Vargas

Photo by Jen Vargas

There will also be a renewal of the I-4 Derby of sorts this Saturday at the Seminole Soccer Complex in Sanford.  Tickets are just $10 and kick off is set for 7pm.

I highly recommended attending this match if you were not around during the club’s United Soccer League (USL) days. This will be a throwback for the supporters as well as the players. The Orlando City SC alumni players will take on alumni players from the Tampa Bay Rowdies (Tell me how it feels).  Supporters will have full smoke and pyro at this match so bring your bandanna enjoy the show!

If you attend the I-4 Derby, and you run into anyone from Ralph’s Mob (Tampa’s supporter group) make sure you ask them how they feel… you know, about losing 7 times in a row. They love that!

Get your tickets to the I-4 Derby and/or the final home game at CWS by visiting http://www.orlandocity.com/tickets

Vamos Orlando!