Tag Archives: MLS 2015

MLS State of the League: Don Garber Excited About Orlando City

Major League Soccer held its annual State of the League event today, albeit with a different format than in the past, and Orlando City had a couple of mentions. Traditionally Commissioner Don Garber would stand behind a podium and address some assembled media, however this year the State of the League discussion shifted to a round-table format with the likes of Rob Stone and Tony Meola asking the commissioner a series of questions. Lasting a little over an hour, the conversation moved between multiple subjects, including the upcoming CBA discussion, expansion, and future playoff plans.

As far as Orlando City is concerned, the commissioner had nothing but good things to say about the Lions. “The noise that’s coming out of that market, it is absolutely unprecedented,” he said.

When asked about expansion in Miami, Garber discussed the folding of Miami Fusion FC and the Tampa Bay Mutiny back in 2001. “We were in that market and we failed.” The commissioner continued, “We’re coming back in Orlando, and that’s looking like it could be one of the best teams out of the box in our history.” Continue reading MLS State of the League: Don Garber Excited About Orlando City

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MLS Playoff Weekend: Exploring the Conference Finals

After a thrilling weekend, the final two teams in the race to the MLS Cup have been decided. This Sunday the LA Galaxy will play host to the New England Revolution in a game that will crown the new MLS Cup champion and conclude the 2014 season.

Fortunately for Major League Soccer (and all us writers), this past weekend has been full of compelling storylines and captivating narratives that we all get to talk about. It has also set the stage for an exciting final, chock full of stories of its own to explore.

For me, this has been one of the most entertaining playoff races in quite some time and, as a neutral, I found myself discovering more and more reasons to pull for each of the four teams. Although two of the four teams have been eliminated, there are still plenty of questions left to be answered and many story arcs left to be resolved. Here are some of my favorite talking points that have developed from these Conference Finals.  Continue reading MLS Playoff Weekend: Exploring the Conference Finals

Player Spotlight: Kevin Molino

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