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
Orlando City takes the field in MLS in 2015 and, over time, a team will emerge that will infuriate our fan base and become the most hated team in all the land. Rivalries are forged over time, owing to on-field incidents, displays of poor sportsmanship, injuries or some other unexpected flashpoint.
Whether through a nasty challenge leading to a red card, a team-vs.-team brawl, or some other unforeseen event, Orlando City will develop a hated rival—some team that our fans will come to detest above all others. Which team that might be—and it’s possible that team isn’t even in MLS as of yet—remains to be seen. But why wait? Let’s talk about the top candidates before a single ball has even been kicked, because it’s fun and that’s all we can do at this point.
There are multiple reasons why New York City FC might become the most hated team among Lions fans. First of all, they’re from New York. Everyone outside of the greater New York area tends to detest New York teams. Call it a media bias toward the East Coast, the New York market itself, or a city-to-city inferiority complex, other towns tend to resent New York. This alone could build animosity.
Continue reading Top Five Candidates to Become Orlando’s MLS Rival
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)
This is the second part of a 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. Today we take a look at the New York Red Bulls.
Telling us about New York is Matt Coyne, managing editor at SB Nation’s Red Bulls blog, Once a Metro.
What are the three most important things Orlando City fans need to know about the New York Red Bulls?
1. We used to be the MetroStars. Some Orlando City fans might remember the bad old days of MLS 1.0. Well, during that period, the Red Bulls were first the New York/New Jersey MetroStars, then just the MetroStars. Those guys in red-and-black vertical stripes playing home games in Giants Stadium? Same team.
In 2006, soft drink giant Red Bull bought the team and rebranded them the New York Red Bulls, much to the consternation of many fans. It’s come with some good—Red Bull Arena wouldn’t be the same facility without the injection of money from Red Bull, nor would the team have Thierry Henry or Tim Cahill on the roster—but a lot of bad, as the owner is loath to recognize the team’s early history and regularly puts incompetent people in charge. Despite dropping more than $200 million on a stadium, Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz has never actually been to it.
Continue reading Meet Our New Foes: New York Red Bulls