For the second time this week, Orlando City has been linked to a young foreign player.
After a transfer rumor involving Portuguese forward Yannick Djaló of the San Jose Earthquakes forward earlier this week, the Lions have been linked to a possible imminent signing of Carlos Augusto Rivas Murillo—better known as Carlos Rivas—a 20-year-old Colombian attacker with Deportivo Cali in the Categoría Primera A, that country’s top flight.
The youngster won’t legally be able to purchase a beer in this country until April 15, but he could become a vital left winger to complete an attacking midfield trio with Kaká and Kevin Molino in Adrian Heath’s 4-2-3-1 formation, if radio and social media reports out of Colombia, as reported by FutbolMLS.com and MLSSoccer.com turn out to be true. Continue reading Reports: Orlando City Close to Signing Colombian Starlet Rivas
At 17 years old, Tommy Redding is currently the youngest player on Orlando City’s youthful roster. Along with fellow Lion, Tyler Turner, the 6-foot-2 center back is among the elite players coming through the U.S. youth ranks.
Redding is certainly dubbed a prospect for the future, but don’t be fooled, the defender exceeded all expectations in the USL Pro last year. Redding made 15 appearances in his debut season for Orlando, and has put himself in a great position in the lead-up to the MLS season.
Redding’s fine play has been awarded with an MLS contract, which made him the club’s first ever homegrown player. Adrian Heath has been pleased with his young defender’s development and has since showered him with praise following their 2014 USL Pro season. Continue reading Where Does Tommy Redding Fit in 2015?
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
At 18 years old, it would be easy to think of defender Tyler Turner as a future prospect for Orlando City. The club has invested heavily in youth ahead of its first MLS season, and Turner is certainly a critical part of that plan.
If his first year as a professional, in USL Pro with Orlando City and during his numerous call ups for the US Men’s U-17, U-18, and U-20 teams are any indication, Turner could be ready for a breakout season. Naturally a central defender, Turner plays with a maturity and on-field intelligence one would expect of a veteran.
Continue reading Is the Future Now for Tyler Turner?
The core of Orlando City’s roster is currently built around youth. With all the signings over this past year, one of the most recent ones came towards the end of the USL Pro season. Taking advantage of the partnership with SL Benfica, Orlando City brought in two young Portugese players to play with the first team. One of those players was Valdomiro Tualungo Paulo Lameira, also known more commonly as Estrela.
This defensive midfielder impressed in his limited time with the Lions. Although only playing in eight games last season, Estrela was able to prove his worth, despite his young age. He worked well in tandem with Darwin Cerén in the holding midfield and looked comfortable playing within Adrian Heath’s system, familiarizing himself with it in the span of just a few weeks.
Continue reading Lion Player Profiles: Estrela
[Ed. Note: Jeff Leadbeater, our copy editor at The Mane Land, has been on the leading edge of club news from its foundation. In this article, he shares some of his memories of the club’s formation.]
On Thursday, March 4, 2010, I got permission from my workplace to leave early, and went downtown to a press conference. The presser was for the announcement by the United Soccer Leagues (USL) of an expansion franchise in Orlando.
It would be the latest attempt by the USL to bring pro soccer to Orlando. Previous attempts in the 1990s didn’t work. But with the tightening of social media, the disparate fan groups were finally beginning to gel and were crying out for a team of their own.
Continue reading Reflections on Orlando City’s Genesis
To say that Orlando City’s brand has grown outside of just Orlando could be quite the understatement. One of the main goals for the front office of the club was to market itself to tourists, especially those from Brazil. After all, the Lions brought in arguably one of the most recognized names in Brazilian soccer, Kaká, to help with their marketing to tourists from South America.
With all of this talk about the Brazilian marketing, the tourists from England have been more of an afterthought in recent times. I’m going to share a story from this past summer that will show that even though there are a lot of Orlando City fans from Brazil, there are also many who follow the Lions from across the pond.
Continue reading Orlando City’s Appeal in the U.K.