At 17 years old, Tommy Redding is currently the youngest player on Orlando City’s youthful roster. Along with fellow Lion, Tyler Turner, the 6-foot-2 center back is among the elite players coming through the U.S. youth ranks.
Redding is certainly dubbed a prospect for the future, but don’t be fooled, the defender exceeded all expectations in the USL Pro last year. Redding made 15 appearances in his debut season for Orlando, and has put himself in a great position in the lead-up to the MLS season.
Redding’s fine play has been awarded with an MLS contract, which made him the club’s first ever homegrown player. Adrian Heath has been pleased with his young defender’s development and has since showered him with praise following their 2014 USL Pro season. Continue reading Where Does Tommy Redding Fit in 2015?
As has been said many times since Orlando City has made the move to MLS, the youth movement for this team is one that is the most crucial. With half of the current roster under 20 years old, we decided to take a look into who will be effective going into next year and who might make the move over to Louisville.
Starting off the breakdown, we have the first youngster signed by Orlando City last year, Tyler Turner. Turner had a fairly productive season in USL Pro, starting the beginning of the season for the Lions due to right back Bryan Burke’s leg injury. In 24 games played, Turner logged 1,875 minutes, scoring once and assisting on two goals.
While not statistically impressive, Turner proved to be a very capable asset for Adrian Heath. Although his performance started to waver toward the end of the season, partly due to injury, coach Heath has the upmost faith in Turner going forward. Speaking to the Orlando Sentinel’s Paul Tenorio, coach Heath remarked,
“We’ll see who we bring and take it from there, but he put himself in good position with his play at the back end.”
I could see Turner coming off the bench for the Lions come March, but at this point in his young career, I don’t see him starting.
Continue reading Will City’s Young Lions Play in Orlando or Louisville?
Standing on stage in a sun-drenched pavilion on Orlando Health’s downtown campus, Orlando City President and Founder Phil Rawlins couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful morning for the release of Orlando City’s inaugural MLS home kit.
It was a star-studded event, as nearly 100 media members joined Rawlins, along with a majority of the current MLS roster. Kevin Molino and Tommy Redding were on hand to model the new kits for the crowd, while Tyler Turner, Harrison Heath, Darwin Cerén, Rafael Ramos, Estrela, and Luke Boden looked on from the front row. Notably absent, of course, was Brazilian superstar Kaka, though not entirely, as he made a larger than life appearance on City’s new gigantic billboard, which was unfurled at the end of the event. Continue reading This is Orlando, Forever Our City, Still in Purple
USMNT fans rejoice! While club vs. country has been a hot topic in recent weeks, Orlando City SC is establishing early on that they can benefit the National Team program and should have U.S. Soccer purists a least taking notice.
Adrian Heath sends a strong statement with his current roster as he builds toward Orlando City’s opening campaign next March, and that statement is youth. With seven of the nine current outfield players under the age of 25, AH is creating a strong foundation for the program to build upon for years to come. Among this group of Lions are two cubs that should give supporters of the Red, White & Blue reason to get on board with the work being done in Orlando.
U.S. Youth Internationals Tommy Redding and Tyler Turner were amongst the first signings of Orlando City’s MLS era. Whether the defensive duo see regular minutes with Orlando or go out on loan to gain experience, they have shown they possess all the tools necessary to build on their impressive first year of professional soccer. For National Team fans, their inclusion is a positive sign that Adrian Heath has no apprehensions relying on young Americans.
Continue reading Lions a Potential Hotbed for Young American Talent
If City fans had a hard time adjusting to the whole five substitute thing in USL Pro, they have no idea what they’re getting into with Major League Soccer. For today, I want to take a look at the Homegrown Player (HGP) rules and how they impact Orlando City.
HGP is one of the various designations and labels applied to different players in MLS. It’s a newer designation, but one that’s become increasingly influential for MLS squads.
Continue reading Homegrown Players: Making Sense of MLS