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Reports: Orlando City Close to Signing Colombian Starlet Rivas

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

Meet the New Guy: My Story with the Beautiful Game

For us 20-something American soccer fans, a love of the beautiful game was entrenched in 1994 when the United States was finally granted the honor of hosting the most prestigious sporting event in the world, the FIFA World Cup. We flocked to Orlando’s Florida Citrus Bowl to see some of the best players in the world, many of whom we’d heard about but never seen, display their world class ability. For me it was a round of 16 matchup between Ireland and the Netherlands. That meant legends such as Paul McGrath, Roy Keane, Frank de Boer, and Dennis Bergkamp.

Growing up in the 90s, soccer wasn’t considered by many to be a serious professional sport. While kids played it recreationally, it was considered a children’s game with little consequence. Lucky for me, my father knew the game on a global scale. Though I couldn’t see them, I grew up hearing of teams such as Manchester United and Arsenal and of players such as Eric Cantona and Tony Adams and was given the ability to dream of one day playing at Old Trafford, Highbury, or Wembley Stadium.

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Rawlins Elected to USL Hall of Fame

As Orlando City prepares to make the jump to MLS, its president and founder is headed to the USL Hall of Fame. The club announced today that Phil Rawlins has been elected to the Hall in the Builder category.

He will be formally inducted at the USL Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, just two days after his Lions select 10 new players from among active MLS rosters in the Expansion Draft.

“I’m proud to be a part of the growth and development of USL PRO,” said Rawlins. “It’s an honor to be inducted into the Hall of Fame as USL PRO was an important part of our Club’s history.”

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Reflections on Orlando City’s Genesis

[Ed. Note: Jeff Leadbeater, our copy editor at The Mane Land, has been on the leading edge of club news from its foundation. In this article, he shares some of his memories of the club’s formation.]

On Thursday, March 4, 2010, I got permission from my workplace to leave early, and went downtown to a press conference. The presser was for the announcement by the United Soccer Leagues (USL) of an expansion franchise in Orlando.

It would be the latest attempt by the USL to bring pro soccer to Orlando. Previous attempts in the 1990s didn’t work. But with the tightening of social media, the disparate fan groups were finally beginning to gel and were crying out for a team of their own.

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OCSC: Tracking the Young Lady Lions

The Orlando City women’s youth teams in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) were all in action in important conference action the weekend of Nov. 22-23. The teams traveled to Georgia to square off against league rivals. Below we summarize Orlando City’s ECNL teams fared.

U-18

Orlando City’s ECNL U-18 squad played the Atlanta Fire U-18 team on Nov. 22 and had a good afternoon, claiming a 3-1 victory. Kasey Rakauskas led all scorers, tallying two goals. Evelyn Neidert added a goal and an assist for the Lions. Christen Barney chipped in two assists. The Lions played again the next day against GSA ECNL U-18s. Orlando City struggled in this game and fell 5-0.

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Report: MLS Playoffs to Expand to 12 Teams

Not that it’ll be easy, but Orlando City’s route to the playoffs may have just gotten a teeny bit less difficult. According to a Sports Illustrated report, MLS is going to increase the number of playoff teams in 2015 from the current 10 to 12. The number of knockout games will grow from two to four, according to the report.

Starting next season, the third-place team in each conference will host the sixth seed in one single-elimination game while No. 4 hosts No. 5 in the other. The four conference semifinalists then will be reseeded to ensure the first-place finisher faces off against the lowest-ranked knockout round survivor. The bracket will look like the one used in the NFL since 1990.

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Orlando City Fans Have Plenty to be Thankful for

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.

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