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Andrew has a master’s degree in organizational psychology and did his undergrad at the University of Florida. His MLS loyalties are divided between his hometown team (DC United) and his adopted club (Orlando City). He is an American Outlaw and writes about the USMNT for The Yanks are Coming. At 6-foot-1, 220 pounds, the former college rugby player is told that he is not a fun striker to defend in pub league soccer. Speaking of pubs, Andrew’s a huge craft beer nerd and will probably post a beer/brewery review now and again.

Predicting a Winner: LA Galaxy Face NE Revolution for the MLS Cup

It’s finally here, and it’s the final everyone was hoping for. This Sunday at 3 p.m. the upstart New England Revolution will take on Landon Donovan’s LA Galaxy to decide the MLS Cup Final.

There may not have been a hotter team in Major League Soccer down the stretch than the Revolution. Since the addition of U.S. International Jermaine Jones in August, the Revs are a cool 11-1-2. We’ve watched the careers of Charlie Davies and Lee Nguyen seemingly rise from the depths of soccer purgatory. This is a fun squad to watch. Continue reading Predicting a Winner: LA Galaxy Face NE Revolution for the MLS Cup

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Kaká Plays Last Match in Sao Paolo, Set to Return to Orlando

It looks as if the highest paid player in Major League Soccer will actually be playing in Major League Soccer this spring. Orlando City’s Brazilian DP suited up at home for São Paulo FC last weekend, and he’ll play his last match for the club this Sunday in Recife.

It was clearly an emotional evening for Kaká, as fans reportedly cheered for him throughout the match.

“It was emotional…my teammates congratulating me and the fans applauding. The week has been very special,” Kaka said.

São Paulo is a special team for the former AC Milan man, as he began his youth soccer there at the young age of eight. He signed his first professional contract with them at 15, and played his first senior team match there as well. Orlando City fans will certainly be glad to hear that his time there is coming to an end though and he’s set to join the new MLS squad. Continue reading Kaká Plays Last Match in Sao Paolo, Set to Return to Orlando

MLS Conference Championships: Second Leg Predictions

If you can believe it, there are just two weekends left in the 2014 MLS season.  In nine days time, two teams will square off for 90 minutes to determine a champion.

Of course, DeAndre Yedlin would have you believe that the Seattle Sounders’ regular season crown holds more weight. However, it’s impossible to deny the role of ‘playoffs’ and ‘championships’ in the American sports zeitgeist.

This is the weekend to decide who will play for the MLS Cup, as the for remaining squads will meet in the second leg of their home and away series to decide the conference champions. Continue reading MLS Conference Championships: Second Leg Predictions

Forever a Lion: Catching up with Carl Woszczynski

This is part of an ongoing series following up with players who were contributors to Orlando City SC in USL PRO but did not continue on with the MLS squad. We understand that soccer is a business, and respect that both teams and players must occasionally part ways. However, since 2011, Orlando City has been more than a team; it’s been a family. Even though these players have moved on, they will always be a part of that.

Exciting news broke this week for former Orlando City keeper Carl Woszczynski, as it was announced that he had signed with USL PRO side Arizona United FC. We thought it would be the perfect opportunity to sit down with ‘Woz’ and get his thoughts on the move to Arizona and his reflections on his time with Orlando City.

At 26, the University of Alabama-Birmingham product is still young by keeper standards. Standing 6-foot-5 tall, the left-footer certainly has the build to be an effective netminder. He was the third keeper selected in the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft, and has spent time with the Los Angeles Blues and Orlando City in USL PRO since then. He may not be very far from a return to MLS in Arizona though. Our friends at BigDSoccer.com are reporting that Arizona United will become the official USL PRO affiliate of FC Dallas.

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Orlando City Extend Coach Adrian Heath’s Contract Through 2017

It may have been a foregone conclusion, but that hardly makes it less important. The Lions signed Head Coach Adrian Heath to a three year contract extension today, ensuring that he’ll be with the team through at least the 2017 MLS season. Heath said:

“When you’ve been here from the very beginning, you don’t want to move somewhere else just as you’re on the brink of going to MLS.”

Heath, of course, has been there since the start, guiding Orlando City to three Regular Season Championships (2011, 2012 & 2014) and two USL PRO Championships (2011 & 2013). He also picked up two USL PRO Coach of the year award in his first two season with the club. He was even there in 2008, when he and Club President Phil Rawlins first formed the Austin Aztecs in Texas. Continue reading Orlando City Extend Coach Adrian Heath’s Contract Through 2017

MLS Conference Championships: First Leg Predictions

If the opening round of the MLS playoffs was a manic under-card spread over two weeks, the Conference Finals are two prime time heavyweight title fights. In truth, Major League Soccer and the fans themselves could  not have picked two better matches to take us into the MLS Cup.

First off, we get the Cinderella story New England Revolution taking on Thierry Henry’s New York Red Bulls. The Revs are the hip choice to win it all right now, led by their new World Cup hero field general Jermaine Jones and the resurgent attacking trio of Charlie Davies/Teal Bunbury/Lee Nguyen. NYRB have storylines as well, with Henry and perhaps Tim Cahill on their way out of town as soon as the playoff run ends. NYRB beat the Revs in both meetings this season, and head coach Mike Petke has never lost to New England in five meetings.

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Orlando City Passes In Chivas USA Dispersal Draft

“With the seventh pick in the 2014 Chivas USA Dispersal Draft, Orlando City SC has selected…nobody?

At least, that’s what MLS commissioner Don Garber might have said had the draft not taken place in an unceremonious conference call inside the Cone of Silence (outside of a few tweets from Sporting KC’s broadcaster, Cal Williams, who was silenced after just a few picks). To be fair, I don’t think anyone in their right mind would have rented out Radio City Music Hall to celebrate Chivas USA’s current roster.

We’ll have to wait a while longer to find out who will be the 10th player officially under contract with Orlando City. We’re still two players away from fielding a team! (Note: the addition of goalkeeper Tally Hall is still unofficial.)

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