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?
This summer’s World Cup has undoubtably recruited a great deal of new Americans to the sport of soccer, many of which do not have a team to call their own. An abundance of these soccer hungry fans were recruited by the USMNT’s dramatic tournament, so they have an understandable interest in our domestic league. Those fortunate enough to live in a city or state with an MLS team have an easy decision on who to support and can make the natural choice of their local club.
What about those who aren’t so lucky?
These poor unfortunate souls are left with no team at which to aim their newly discovered passion, no group to get behind, and no real reason to continue following each week. After all, isn’t the point of sports to get emotionally invested, bleed your team’s colors, and support your club through thick and thin? Continue reading Don’t have an MLS team yet? Why not Orlando City?
A new World Cup cycle is upon us and the USMNT has begun with a resounding sputter. They have recorded a disappointing 1-2-2 record, the sole win coming from an away game against the Czech Republic.
Ironically, the lone victory was secured by an experimental group of youngsters and not from a tested contingent of veterans. In the remaining four fixtures, the U.S. consistently underwhelmed and lacked cohesion.
Many obvious trends have surfaced for Jurgen Klinsmann’s team, causing fans and social media to dish out blame and point fingers. Yes, the team is failing to hold on to leads, and of course they are giving the ball away too easily. The list goes on and on with an array of difficulties the U.S. is experiencing on the field. Continue reading What’s Wrong With the USMNT?
We are still months away from MLS play, however that certainly is not keeping Orlando City quiet in the offseason. While much of the focus has been on the international break and the USMNT, the past week has seen an array of activity for the club and it’s players.
Kevin Molino Thrives with Soca Warriors
The Orlando star had an impressive week while on international duty with Trinidad & Tobago, who are in the midst of the Caribbean Cup. Hitting the back of the net three times in as many games, Molino has led his country to the cup final and a berth in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. A win in Tuesday’s final against host Jamaica will also clinch a spot in the 2016 Copa America. Continue reading Orlando City: The Week That Was
Every MLS coach’s favorite international break (in the middle of the playoffs) is upon us, and with it another round of USA friendlies. This time, Jurgen Klinsmann has elected take the Yanks to the British Isles for a pair of matches against Colombia on Friday (2:45 p.m. ET on ESPN) at Fulham’s Craven Cottage in London, followed by a trip to Dublin to take on Ireland next Tuesday (2:45 p.m. ET on ESPN2). As with every national team camp, this one has its fair share of intrigue and storylines. Let’s get to it.
We Have A Lee Nguyen Sighting
The New England Revolution man, who has seemingly become every MLS observer’s favorite midfielder with his blistering scoring run of 20 goals across all competitions this season, makes his return to the national side for the first time in seven years. Can he win Jurgen Klinsmann’s heart and fill the national team’s gaping hole in attacking midfield? The USA haven’t had an effective number 10 in God knows how long, and Michael Bradley showed in Brazil he is anything but capable of filling that role on a full-time basis. There is nothing but opportunity facing Nguyen in this national team camp, and it’s notable that Jurgen didn’t wait until the MLS-heavy January camp to give the 28-year-old Nguyen a call-up. Perhaps he sees a similar opportunity for Nguyen. Will he capitalize? Impressing in this camp and getting some run in these friendlies could be huge in Nguyen’s national team future.
Continue reading What to Watch For: The Mane Land USMNT Preview
Times have been rough for Americans playing in Europe over the past couple of months. Many have been relegated to cameo appearances off the bench, while others are lucky to make the gameday 18. With uncertainty looming its ugly head, rumors have begun to circulate that several of these yanks may be moving clubs during the January transfer window.
Orlando City already has a strong presence in foreign markets, thanks to a diverse international representation from the current players on the roster. Kaká will bring in a strong Brazilian audience, while Adrian Heath and our two SL Benfica signings should attract attention from the English and Portuguese markets respectively. However, Orlando currently lacks a face to draw interest from the American fans.
With so many yanks likely to be on the move, Orlando City SC should seriously consider moving for one of these unsettled players. Admittedly, several of these players are unrealistic options for the Purple and White, nonetheless, there may just be a future Lion in this mix of Americans. Continue reading Which American Should Orlando Target This January?
I was lucky enough to be able to go solely as a fan to Tuesday’s USA vs. Honduras match in Boca Raton, FL. No press box, no laptop, no live tweeting the match. Just an MB90 Jersey, my AO scarf, and a well-worn American flag bandanna. In keeping with that, I wanted to write a bit on the fan experience of the match and it’s reflection on the state of soccer in South Florida.
As you know, the match ended in a 1-1 draw, with Honduras equalizing late by way of a Maynor Figueroa header. Jermaine Jones played 90 minutes at center back, and Jozy Altidore scored a much-needed goal. That’s not going to be my focus here though. If you’re interested in a recap, check out some good ones here and here.
I aim to look at the fan experience. By and large, it was very positive. The announced attendance was 14,805, which is not bad at all for a meaningless Tuesday night friendly. It was perhaps not the best visual in the 30,000-seat FAU stadium, but I’m not sure a stadium that size would be filled in any U.S. city for this match.
Continue reading USA vs Honduras: The State of Soccer in South Florida