Purple Potpourri: Emptying the Notebook

Orlando City has yet to play an MLS game, complete its roster or even build a stadium, but that doesn’t mean things aren’t happening. Every day seems to bring new and exciting news or transfer rumors.

As this site moves forward, we’ll sometimes find a hodgepodge of small, unrelated items and lump them together in one post, just to empty out the notebook. And so it is that “Purple Potpourri” is born.

Here’s what we have for you today:

Stadium Groundbreaking Ceremony

We’re now two weeks away from the groundbreaking of Orlando City’s downtown, 20,000-seat stadium at the northwest corner of Church Street and Parramore Avenue. OCSC brass have promised that “unique surprises await” fans who take part in the event on Oct. 16. The date of the 16th is significant, as the Lions will start playing in their new home in 2016.

The festivities will begin at Church Street Station at 5:30 p.m. and at 6:15 fans will participate in a “march to the stadium” of about four blocks, which is designed to simulate the match day processional experience.

The groundbreaking itself will take place at 6:45 p.m. Dignitaries on hand, including Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Orlando City President Phil Rawlins and owner Flávio Augusto da Silva will speak before the ceremonial first shovel of dirt is turned. Orlando City players and coaches will also be on hand.

After the groundbreaking, there will be a street party at Church Street Station.

Orlando City seems to be pulling out all the stops for the event, as they prepare to start building their (and our) new home.

Lashbrook Speaks

Orlando City Chief Operating Officer Brett Lashbrook spoke this morning at the monthly What’s Up Downtown event, and he dropped a lot of knowledge on those in attendance.

Some of the highlights:

  • MLS is third in the U.S. in attendance, ahead of the NBA and NHL
  • 16 of the 19 MLS teams are now playing in soccer specific stadiums
  • Orlando City designated player Kaká has the second most followers on Twitter and the fourth most Facebook “likes” by any athlete
  • Orlando City SC is paying for 50% of the new stadium, plus all cost overruns, while the other half of the bill will be footed by the city of Orlando as well as Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties

Miscellany

Orlando City announced that its foundation’s annual charity golf tournament netted more than $40,000 this year—more than double what the 2013 tourney brought in. The foundation raises monies to improve the lives of children in Central Florida.

On November 8, the foundation will host its final event of the year, PlayBingo, at a luncheon at the Rosen Plaza.

The Mane Land wishes a happy 24th birthday to both USMNT midfielder Mix Diskerud and his awesome head of hair.

Both MLS Commissioner Don Garber and the team itself insist that the New York Red Bulls are not for sale.

Sporting KC visited the White House yesterday, an honor bestowed upon them as a result of being 2013 MLS champions.

 

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