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
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
First of all, we at The Mane Land would like to wish our readers a very happy Thanksgiving. We’re pretty sure the pilgrims accidentally invented soccer when some oaf accidentally knocked the turkey onto the floor and then kicked it when he bent over to try to pick it up. This, of course, led to a diving save by a Native American, who kept the turkey from rolling into the fireplace.
The world’s most popular sport was born.
In addition to all of the usual things in your personal life, there are many things to be thankful for as an Orlando City fan this year, and there have never been more. With that in mind, we thought we’d give you a reminder of the top things Lions fans should be thankful for as we near the end of 2014.
Continue reading Orlando City Fans Have Plenty to be Thankful for
Over the last few years, Orlando City has had an absolute romp, playing its way to numerous USL Pro titles. The Lions have played a fun, aggressive, and attacking style favored by many American fans. Exciting play and winning are two key parts of any formula to draw in the crowds. Two memorable, edge-of-your-seat, USL Pro Finals are the kinds of games to turn the casual fan into a die-hard. And the supporters came, with impressive enough attendance figures to draw interest from MLS, where there was none before.
Over these past few seasons, I found myself trying to pull my English Premiere League friends and acquaintances to games, with little or no interest on their end. I get it; third division American soccer is a hard sell. Matchups with teams from Antigua and Harrisburg didn’t really get my friends’ imaginations running wild, I suppose. They had their Liverpools and their Arsenals to support.
Continue reading Our City: Can Orlando Turn EPL fans into MLS Fans?
Orlando Designated Player Ricardo Kaka scored a 77th minute winner in Sao Paulo’s 2-1 victory over Vitória last week. It was his second of the season in the 20th appearance for the loaned star. The Brazilian seems rejuvenated to be playing again for his old club, and second-place Sao Paulo seems happy to have him.
Of course, Kaka will rejoin Orlando for its Brazilian preseason tour in late January to begin building chemistry with his MLS teammates. Or, more appropriately, for his teammates to begin building chemistry with him.
We may well hear the platitudes from Adrian Heath and others that Kaka is just “another part of the team,” but we know better. Kaka will make $7.2 million in his first year with City—roughly 197 times the league minimum and 50 times the league average. Like it or not, every roster move and training decision Orlando City makes in the coming months will be focused on maximizing the impact of the legendary Brazilian. Continue reading How Orlando City Can Build Around Kaka
Excitement continues to surround Orlando City SC in the buildup to the 2015 MLS season, and one player in particular has been a focal point of that excitement. The Lions’ first Major League Soccer signing, Kevin Molino, is an impressive talent that has become a top-performer for club and country.
The 24-year-old midfielder has been a member of Orlando City since its conception in 2011 after transferring from the Trinidad and Tobago Pro League club Ma Pau Sports Club. Molino immediately slotted into Adrian Heath’s side where he has developed into a key figure for the Lions.
Over his four-year stint with Orlando, the Trinidadian footballer has helped bring two USL Pro championships and three Commissioner’s Cups to the Florida club. Along with club glory, Molino has been showered with individual awards, including two USL Pro MVP awards in—the first in 2012, and again in 2014. Continue reading Player Spotlight: Kevin Molino
Ever since Orlando City played its first game in the Citrus Bowl, one of the main constants with the team over the last three years has been winning. This has been mainly attributed to coach Adrian Heath, with his tactics and the formations that he uses. While over the last few years, Heath has had the luxury of being able to choose his preferred players and use them to his advantage, next year will be quite a different experience for the gaffer.
I was able to sit down with Rollins College soccer coach Dr. Keith Buckley, a veteran of over 20 years in coaching, as well as a friend of Heath’s, to discuss Orlando City’s next move in terms of tactics.
Both Rollins and City have similar tactics and formations, with both running a 4-2-3-1 for the majority of their games. Coach Buckley, however, believes this will see modifications going into next year.
Continue reading Will Adrian Heath Change Formations in MLS?