This summer’s World Cup has undoubtably recruited a great deal of new Americans to the sport of soccer, many of which do not have a team to call their own. An abundance of these soccer hungry fans were recruited by the USMNT’s dramatic tournament, so they have an understandable interest in our domestic league. Those fortunate enough to live in a city or state with an MLS team have an easy decision on who to support and can make the natural choice of their local club.
What about those who aren’t so lucky?
These poor unfortunate souls are left with no team at which to aim their newly discovered passion, no group to get behind, and no real reason to continue following each week. After all, isn’t the point of sports to get emotionally invested, bleed your team’s colors, and support your club through thick and thin? Continue reading Don’t have an MLS team yet? Why not Orlando City?
Times have been rough for Americans playing in Europe over the past couple of months. Many have been relegated to cameo appearances off the bench, while others are lucky to make the gameday 18. With uncertainty looming its ugly head, rumors have begun to circulate that several of these yanks may be moving clubs during the January transfer window.
Orlando City already has a strong presence in foreign markets, thanks to a diverse international representation from the current players on the roster. Kaká will bring in a strong Brazilian audience, while Adrian Heath and our two SL Benfica signings should attract attention from the English and Portuguese markets respectively. However, Orlando currently lacks a face to draw interest from the American fans.
With so many yanks likely to be on the move, Orlando City SC should seriously consider moving for one of these unsettled players. Admittedly, several of these players are unrealistic options for the Purple and White, nonetheless, there may just be a future Lion in this mix of Americans. Continue reading Which American Should Orlando Target This January?
It was a quiet weekend for Orlando City news. The club held its Play Bingo Ladies Luncheon, presented by Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, on Saturday at the Rosen Plaza Hotel—providing a day of bingo, champagne, mimosas and prizes from Tiffany’s for those in attendance.
The Orlando City Foundation is doing good work in the Orlando area, making the world a better place for the children of Central Florida.
In other news, Tommy Redding and Tyler Turner left to join the U.S. U-20 team on its trip to Spain, in preparation for U-20 FIFA World Cup qualifying in January 2015. The U-20 team will compete in three matches in Marbella while overseas. The U.S. will take on Russia (U-21), the Republic of Ireland and Canada.
Continue reading The Weekend in Soccer…(11/10/14)
I’ve always enjoyed the pageantry of the home and away playoff format. The first week is cautious, guarded, conservative. The visiting team often playing for a tie from the opening whistle. The hosts, wanting to win, but knowing that conceding even a single goal could doom their chances from the start.
The second leg flips that all on it’s head. It’s frantic. It’s do or die. There’s no ambiguity on what result is needed. Restraint is gone in favor of the relentless pursuit of the result that the team needs to advance. And that’s why this may well be one of the most exciting weekends of the year in MLS.
We’ve put together a preview with our predictions for the matches here, but by all means, check out SB Nation’s awesome MLS Cup Playoffs Guide as well. Continue reading MLS Playoffs Week 2: What to Watch For
This is the first in a new series in which we introduce Orlando City fans to the teams our Lions will be facing in 2015 when the team starts play in Major League Soccer. As I’m from Columbus, Ohio, it’s only fitting we start this series with the Columbus Crew.
Telling us about Columbus is Patrick Murphy, an editor at SB Nation’s Crew blog, Massive Report.
What are the three most important things Orlando City fans need to know about the Crew?
1. The Columbus Crew was announced as the first MLS club in June of 1994, just under two years before the league kicked off its first season, and opened the first soccer specific stadium in the United States in 1999. You could say they are a team of firsts (for what it’s worth, they also scored the first golden goal in overtime, back when that was a thing).
Continue reading Meet Our New Foes: Columbus Crew SC