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 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?
With the one-year anniversary of Orlando City’s MLS announcement passing the other day, it seems an appropriate time to look back to last year’s USL Pro team and see just where those players that have meant so much to the franchise over the years, have gone.
Out of the 24 players that were on last year’s roster, only eight have been retained to make the move to MLS—Homegrown Players Tommy Redding and Tyler Turner, Portuguese imports Rafael Ramos and Estrela, El Salvador captain Darwin Ceren, Trinidad and Tobago star Kevin Molino, and English imports Luke Boden and Harrison Heath. Each of these players were chosen because the coaching staff believed that they could be valuable assets to the team, come next year.
Continue reading Tracking Orlando City’s 2014 USL Pro Players
We are still months away from MLS play, however that certainly is not keeping Orlando City quiet in the offseason. While much of the focus has been on the international break and the USMNT, the past week has seen an array of activity for the club and it’s players.
Kevin Molino Thrives with Soca Warriors
The Orlando star had an impressive week while on international duty with Trinidad & Tobago, who are in the midst of the Caribbean Cup. Hitting the back of the net three times in as many games, Molino has led his country to the cup final and a berth in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. A win in Tuesday’s final against host Jamaica will also clinch a spot in the 2016 Copa America. Continue reading Orlando City: The Week That Was
With the impending drafts in the MLS coming up in just a few months, now is a good of a time as any to look at which of these drafts Orlando City should be focusing on. While the Dispersal Draft for Chivas USA will be happening this week and Orlando will get someone with the seventh pick in that draft, the more important drafts will be the Expansion Draft and the SuperDraft.
The Expansion Draft, which will happen Dec.10, will involve both Orlando City and the other new team, New York City FC. Essentially what will happen is certain players from all MLS teams will be left “unprotected” and will be entered into a pool for the draft. Orlando City will have ten picks, including the first overall, and will have a very good opportunity to get some quality veterans and potentially good role players.
The SuperDraft, which takes place Jan. 16, will involve the best collegiate soccer players from around the country. Over the years, there have been many good players who have gone in the draft, most notably goalkeeper Nick Rimando, who was selected way back in 2000 by the Miami Fusion. Orlando City will pick first in this draft as well, so this will be another chance for them to pick up on some very good young talent. After all, that is how coach Adrian Heath is trying to build the team.
Continue reading Expansion Draft or SuperDraft: Which is More Important for OCSC?
Orlando City forward Kevin Molino cannot stop scoring. This time it was for country as his Trinidad and Tobago side continued their Caribbean Cup campaign with a 4-2 victory over French Guiana on Thursday.
The 24-year-old was responsible for the Soca Warriors’ first two goals, netting in the 17th and 55th minute. This would give him three goals in the opening two games of the tournament. Molino had this to say after the performance,
“It’s great to go to the Gold Cup again. That was our first aim in this tournament. We came here tonight and had to grind out another result. These teams are no push overs but we kept it good for 90 plus minutes. I’m very excited about our chances and of course scoring goals for my country is always a great feeling.”
Continue reading Molino stays on fire with Caribbean Cup brace
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