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 13th 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 Real Salt Lake.
Telling us about RSL is Matt Montgomery, manager at SB Nation’s Salt Lake blog, RSL Soapbox.
What are the three most important things Orlando City fans need to know about RSL?
1. Real Salt Lake, founded in 2005, found early success hard to come by. It wasn’t until 2007, when Jason Kreis retired as a player and graduated to head coach, that things started looking up. It was not long after that, when Garth Lagerwey joined as general manager, that a solid foundation was formed.
2. “The team is the star” is more than just a catchphrase the team bandies about. It’s a descriptor of the way in which the squad has been constructed. There are no highly paid players—all three designated players (Alvaro Saborio, Javier Morales, and Sebastian Jaime) are only just in the salary range that necessitates the limited roster space, and several float in the wage area just below the limit. This relatively egalitarian method of roster-building is rare in MLS.
Continue reading Meet Our New Foes: Real Salt Lake