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Orlando Parts Ways With Coaching Staff

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By Shae Beaudoin // @ShaeEliz

What a week for Orlando City SC! On Wednesday, the Lions took a trip to Montreal Impact and saw a devastating 3-0 loss. This marked the club’s sixth straight loss, coming off the heels of six straight wins. If we’re keeping things even, that means it’s time to get back on a winning streak, right?

This loss was a hard one for the club to swallow. With almost our full roster back from injury and available to play (minus Yoshimar Yotún who’s making us proud on the Peruvian national team in the World Cup), we no longer have the excuse of a limited selection of players. This game saw the return of captain Jonathan Spector after weeks following concussion protocols. Sadly, having Spector back wasn’t the magic key to getting our victories back.

On Friday, Orlando City announced that they would be parting ways with head coach Jason Kreis. With him, assistant coaches CJ Brown and Miles Joseph have also left the club.

Jason Kreis took over coaching Orlando City in July 2016, after our previous coach, Adrian Heath (now with Minnesota United) was let go for poor performance. Under Heath, Orlando City’s record was 19 wins, 20 draws, and 16 losses. We played 55 games under Heath’s leadership. Kreis lead us for 64 games and our record stands at 21 wins, 14 draws, and 29 losses. Oof. We’ve had a rough couple years. While we search for a new head coach, assistant coach Bobby Murphy will lead the team.

Orlando City plays D.C. United in the U.S. Open Cup on June 20th. Then we meet Montreal again June 23rd. Montreal is currently sitting in 9th place in the MLS regular season standings. Orlando is still (barely) holding on to the sixth spot.

Montreal’s current position in the standings is what makes our 3-0 loss to them so hard to swallow. Sure, we expect going up against Atlanta United and NYCFC to be tough, but when you’re going up against a team that’s got 4 wins (5 now) and 11 losses, while you’re sitting at 6 wins, 7 losses and 1 draw, you really don’t plan on getting your butt handed to you.

But here we are. We’ll see on June 23rd if we’ve learned from our mistakes or if we’ll take another L.

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Orlando City’s 2018 Roster Changes

Shae Beaudoin - Orlando City/mlsfemale
Official Orlando City Reporter

By Shae Beaudoin // @ShaeEliz

A lot’s gone down in the past few weeks. Clubs started making trades and signings and Orlando City SC remained strangely quiet until about mid-December. Ending 2017 with about 11 players out of contract and our captain retiring, we were all left wondering and waiting to find out who would fill in the gaps.

Here’s who we’ve kept, who we’ve lost, and who we’ve brought in.

Who We Kept

GK – Joe Bendik

GK – Mason Stajduhar

GK – Earl Edwards Jr

D – Scott Sutter

D – Jonathan Spector

D – José Aja

D – Donny Toia

D – Victor PC

M – Will Johnson

M – Yoshimar Yotún

M – Richie Laryea

M – Pierre Da Silva

M – Tony Rocha

M – Christian Higuita

F – Dom Dwyer

F – Cyle Larin

2017 – Out

GK – Josh Saunders

D – Seb Hines

D – Conor Donovan

D – Kevin Alston

D – Devron García

D – Tommy Redding (traded to RBNY)

D – Rafael Ramos (traded to Chicago Fire)

M – Ricardo Kaka (retired)

M – Antonio Nocerino

M – Servando Carrasco (contract expired, picked up by LA Galaxy)

F – Giles Barnes (free agent, signed by Club Leon FC)

F – Hadji Barry

F – Carlos Rivas (traded to RBNY)

2018 – In

GK – Adam Grinwis

D – RJ Allen (traded from NYCFC for third round draft pick)

D – Mohamed El-Munir

M – Dillon Powers (initially out of contract, later re-signed)

M – Sacha Kljestan (traded from RBNY)

M – José Villarreal (traded from LA Galaxy for third round draft pick)

M – Josué Colman

M – Cam Lindley (traded from Chicago Fire)

F – Stéfano Pinho (traded from Miami FC)

F – Chris Mueller (2018 SuperDraft pick)

Currently, it’s looking like head coach Jason Kreis is going for a complete midfield makeover. There’s speculation that Kreis may be switching things up to a 4-4-2 formation, which seemed to work for him back in his Real Salt Lake days. With Spector and Toia on the backline, or Spector and Aja, I can see this working out, but I’m also pretty nervous about only having two on the defensive line.

If we are working on a 4-4-2, I expect a few more forwards to join our ranks before the season start, especially if we lose Larin. Time will tell.

Orlando City plays their 2018 home opener against DC United on March 3rd.

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