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Orlando City breaks Club’s win streak record with match against RSL

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By Shae Beaudoin // @ShaeEliz

Sunday, May 6: 3-1 Win

This past Sunday, Orlando City broke the Club’s win streak record with a 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake. This marks 6 consecutive wins for the Lions, breaking the Club’s record of 5 straight wins which was set in the 2017 season. Most notably, this win streak includes two away matches, which used to cause us quite some trouble.

If you recall a few weeks back, I brought up the concern about the depth of our defense line. This concern rose again for this match against Real Salt Lake, as City went into this game without captain Jonathan Spector (still on concussion protocol), Scott Sutter (knee injury), and Amro Tarek (broken nose and lower body injury). Instead, the offseason addition, Chris Schuler made his City debut and got a full 90 minutes at that.

I wish you all could have been at the Orlando City Soccer Stadium for this game and stood on The Wall with me. The energy was unreal with fans buzzing from the first kick, urging our team towards the 6th straight win. 

The first half saw Orlando City dominating on possession and having way too many close shots, which, unfortunately, none of them made it in. That didn’t matter to The Wall, though. Every attempt seemed to rile them up even more.

Chris Mueller performed some nice little footwork tricks to trap up Salt Lake’s defense and Justin Meram was more alive and on the ball than I’ve seen him all season. Sacha Kljestan also made quite a few attempts of his own. The team wanted those goals, they just kept misstepping or overshooting.

Maybe they were getting a little too overeager, who knows? Corey Baird of Real Salt Lake tried to diminish spirits in the 12th minute when he managed to slip one past goalkeeper Joe Bendik, but that didn’t put too much of a damper on things. We ended the first half 0-1 and with The Wall as loud as ever.

Second half, the Lions came back with a vengeance, just as we were hoping they would. It took a few minutes to get warmed up, but Dom Dwyer started the fire in the 60th minute. Three minutes later, Lamine Sané got his first goal in purple. Honestly, I think part of the stadium got comfortable with two, but Yoshimar Yotún wanted to be extra safe and tucked away a third goal in the 78th minute.

There were also several great saves by Joe Bendik during this match, or we may have been singing a different tune in this report. (Bendik also got himself a pretty little yellow card, but hey).

Stefano Pinho subbed in for Chris Mueller who went down for injury but don’t worry. He was up walking around again by the end of the game so hopefully, it was just a strained muscle and he’ll be back with us next week. I’d love for him to score on Atlanta. Thankfully, no other new injuries to report this game, our remaining two subs were RJ Allen and Uri Rosell, who replaced Justin Meram and Yoshimar Yotún.

Orlando City is back home again next week where they face off against Atlanta United. City will be pushing for their 7th straight win, Atlanta will be pushing for their 8th. There’s sure to be a whole lot of tension and 90 minutes of pure energy. Will you be there?

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Orlando City Gets Their 5th Straight Win

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By Shae Beaudoin // @ShaeEliz

Sunday, April 29: 1-2 Win

What a match! Orlando City took on the Colorado Rapids and secured their 5th straight win! This is the new record for straight wins in the 2018 MLS season and a tie for Orlando’s longest win streak in club history. Congrats to the boys in purple!

Going into this match, we were facing off against a team that has never scored a goal on us. Colorado Rapids quickly changed that though, picking up a goal in the 26th minute. First half was more or less uneventful for Orlando City. The attackers were silent and the defense managed to hold Colorado to just one goal thanks to some impressive saves by Amro Tarek and Lamine Sane.

Second half, temperatures started rising, with dangerous plays happening more often than throw-ins and Colorado Rapids receiving yellow cards left and right. In the 52nd minute, Christian Higuita scored an equalizer and brought City back to life. Just a few minutes later, Rapids almost got lucky thanks to a bad back pass by Lamine Sane, which Joe Bendik luckily managed to knock out of play.

A nasty collision in the 69th minute led to Colorado Rapids’ Bismark Boateng going down, and he appeared to lose consciousness for a moment. He was immediately attended to by medics and was seen sitting up and moving prior to being taken out of the game. Best wishes to Boateng and I hope he has a speedy recovery.

With Orlando City’s own captain, Jonathan Spector, out on concussion protocols I know it’s a tough pill for the team to swallow but more than that, a severe risk to the player’s future. Get well soon, Boateng.

The 77th minute saw Yoshimar Yotún taken down in the box, for which he was awarded a penalty kick that he easily tucked away, bringing the score to Orlando 2, Colorado 1. The Rapids finished out the match with two more close calls to equalize, especially given the 6 minutes of added time, however, Orlando City wasn’t allowing it. The last attempt saw a great save by Mohammed El-Munir, who has been a key piece to the lineup this season.

Job well done, boys. Congrats on 5 straight wins, but let’s not forget, we’re about to hit a really tough stretch in the upcoming games. Next week (which also happens to be my birthday weekend), Orlando City returns home to face off against Real Salt Lake. Come out to celebrate with me as we push for our 6th straight win.

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Orlando City Gets Fourth Straight Win

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By Shae Beaudoin // @ShaeEliz

Saturday, April 21: 3-2 Win

This weekend Orlando City faced off against San Jose Earthquakes at home. After an action-packed 90 minutes, the Lions walked away with a fresh three points. 

This win brings Orlando to 4 consecutive victories in a row, a much-needed morale boost after a rocky start to the season. For now, Orlando is sitting pretty in the #3 spot of the Eastern Conference standings. Fingers crossed we see the playoffs this year. Keep reading for the full game recap!

I’ve got two words for you. Chris Mueller. If you’re not familiar with this name yet, you’re snoozing. The rookie was our 2018 Super Draft pick and since scoring his first MLS goal during the intense 3-2 comeback victory over Portland Timbers, he hasn’t stopped making moves. Just two minutes into the game against the Quakes, Mueller put one on the scoreboard for Orlando.

Later in the first half, Sacha Kljestan gave Orlando it’s second goal of the night, which also happened to be Mueller’s first career assist. And just to keep things even more interesting, midway through the second half, Dom Dwyer scored his 100th career goal, and Orlando City led the game with 3 goals, San Jose 0.

Not sure if the team got a little overconfident or if they just started getting tired, but Orlando City game up two goals at the end of the second half, scored by Quakes’ Florian Jungwirth. Without Captain Jonathan Spector (out on concussion protocol) and defender Scott Sutter (out on injury) available to play, it’s impressive to me that the defense held off the Quakes so long this game. While allowing 2 goals is definitely disappointing, it’s becoming more and more clear that the depth in our team is there and it’s getting better as the season goes on.

Last week against Philadelphia Union was the first time this season that Orlando City got the first goal of the match, making Mueller’s goal this game the first at home. It’s also the fastest first goal in Orlando City’s MLS history. So yeah, Saturday was a busy day in Orlando.

Let’s talk next game. City goes on the road and faces the Colorado Rapids on April 29th. It is unclear yet if we will have Spector and Sutter available to play again, but it’s my hope that we will. If they are cleared to play, we’ve finally got a full roster available to play with no one out on injuries and fingers crossed that it lasts.

This winning streak feels really nice, let’s keep it up, yeah? Although, the games against Real Salt Lake and Atlanta United coming up on the horizon certainly have me nervous… But we’ll worry about those later. For now, Rapids, you’re next!

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Mueller Sparks the Fire to Bring Lion’s 3-2 Comeback

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By Shae Beaudoin // @ShaeEliz

Sunday, April 8: 3-2 Win

Not to say I told you so or anything but I’ve been saying since the home opener that good things would happen if we could just get MLS SuperDraft pick Chris Mueller on the field at the same time as Dom Dwyer. Sunday’s game against the Portland Timbers proved just that.

At first, spirits were low. Three minutes in, Portland had a shot on goal that slipped through goalkeeper Joe Bendik’s fingers, but luckily the return of our captain Jonathan Spector meant great saves by the defense. Samuel Armenteros was almost sent off with a red for a second yellow card, however, VAR overturned the penalty and awarded Portland the penalty kick. And thus, Orlando City found themselves down 0-1 at the half.

The start of the second half pushed spirits even further as Portland landed another shot to bring the score to 0-2. You could hear the disappointment in the stands. The Wall was unusually quiet and antsy. And Orlando City looked to be asleep out on the field.

Our saving grace came in the form of our 21-year-old SuperDraft pick. Chris Mueller came on as a sub in the 67th minute and turned the game around for us. Not sure if it was just having a fresh pair of legs or if it was the hunger of Mueller to get his first MLS goal, but whatever it was worked.

After a few missed attempts, the first goal came in the 80th minute when Mueller landed a header and officially put his name in the books for the first time. This was all it took to reignite the Wall and lift the spirits across the stadium. Just two minutes later, Orlando City was awarded a penalty kick, taken by Sacha Kljestan, and tying up the score. The most intense ten minutes of Orlando City history came when Dom Dwyer scored the winning shot, bringing the score to 3-2 in favor of Orlando.

I hope this team, from the 80th to 87th minute, is the team we see all season. This is what Orlando City is capable of. The remaining 80 minutes of this game was disappointing at best and I know we’re capable of so much more. So yes, we can celebrate this win and we can celebrate our 3 points, but let’s not get any false hope that we’re now invincible and a solid team.

We’ve got a lot of work to put in if we wish to keep the victories going. If we play like we played most of this game, we won’t be seeing 3 points all that often. If we play like we played in that ten-minute window, yeah. We’ll have a great season ahead of us.

Our next game is this Friday, we head to Philadelphia to face the Union for the first time this season. Check back here for match coverage!

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Orlando City finds 3 points at home

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By Shae Beaudoin // @ShaeEliz

Saturday, March 31: 4-3 Win

Finally. This weekend, Orlando City SC faced off against the New York Red Bulls at home and what a game it was! This was Sacha Kljestan’s first game against his old club, and Orlando City saw some old friends as well with Aurélien Collin, Carlos Rivas, and Tommy Redding all seeing playtime against their old pals in purple.

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This game saw the return of Dom Dwyer, who spent the beginning of the season out with a thigh injury from training. Missing from the available roster this week was Uri Rosell and Jonathan Spector. Spector remains out on concussion regulations from the hit he suffered two weeks ago against NYCFC.

Things looked bleak at the start of the match when just 7 minutes in, Florian Valot put a point on the board for RBNY, but OCSC answered back with a goal by Johnson in the 15th minute. To break the equalizer, Derrick Etienne landed another shoot in the 24th minute. But it didn’t last long, as just 2 minutes later, Dom Dwyer secured a header off of a corner kick, tucking it nicely into the net.

Are you with me so far? 26 minutes in and we’re tied up 2-2. Told you this game was a big one. The remainder of the half was more or less calm, save for a handful of fouls awarded to each side.

At the start of second half, Josue Colman came on to make his home debut, replacing Cam Lindley on the field. At 48 minutes, Dwyer landed another goal for Orlando City after the Red Bulls allowed him to get his left foot on the ball. Never a good idea when we’re talking about Dwyer.

Regardless, Dwyer came off in the 64th minute, replaced by Chris Mueller. My guess is Kreis didn’t want to strain Dwyer, who could still be recovering from injury, though the backflip he did following his first goal may or may not completely negate that thought. Point aside, looks like we’ll have to wait another week to see a Dwyer/Mueller combination on the field.

In the 73rd minute, Amro Tarek came off, subbed by RJ Allen. Tarek had gone down to injury a few minutes before, which put City in a tough situation. Without Spector available and with Tarek down, Orlando had no more center backs. My thought was Kreis would push Will Johnson back to defense and bring in Cristian Higuita or Richie Laryea. Instead, Kreis got creative with RJ Allen, who usually plays right back.

Not a bad call by any means, I’m just wondering if we had signed an extra defensive player or two, could we have avoided this all together?

But let’s get back on track here. In the 82nd minute, RBNY pulled off an equalizer of their own, thanks to a header by Aaron Long. The score wasn’t even for long though, with Scott Sutter scoring another one for Orlando and bringing the match up to Orlando 4, Red Bulls 3.

Now, there’s the City we know and love. Such an action-packed game, right before the crazy LA Galaxy vs. LAFC match. This was a good weekend in MLS. What are your thoughts on this weekend’s games? Share them with me in the comments or over on Twitter.

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Sorry Orlando City, not our night against Minnesota United

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By Shae Beaudoin // @ShaeEliz

This past Saturday, March 10th, Orlando City faced off against Minnesota United. Just to recap, Minnesota United is coached by Adrian Health, who coached us during our first year and a half in the MLS. Their attack is also led by midfielder Kevin Molino, who also played for us previously. In Heath’s first return to Orlando since parting ways with the club, he managed to secure 3 points with the Loons defeating the Lions 2-1.

I gotta say, Minnesota really brought it to us. In the 13th minute, MNUFC scored their first goal, albeit with a little controversy. The replay of the goal appears as though Finlay was offside, but no call from the ref so the goal counted. Minnesota kept the pressure on and had a multitude of opportunities in the first half, but Orlando’s defense held strong.

Huge shout out to El-Munir. He was one of our offseason pickups and he’s done nothing but impress me so far this season.

Stefano Pinho went down around the 24th minute and needed to be stretchered off, bringing Mueller in as a sub. It has since been confirmed that it is an injury to his ankle. There is no set timeline for his return.

Just before the half, a foul went to VAR, awarding Orlando City a penalty kick. With a beautiful delivery by Yoshimar Yotún, City tied it up.

Around the 51st minute, Molino went down and also needed to be stretchered off. Reports state that he is suffering a torn ACL. The score remained stagnant until Finlay came back with the brace in the 79th minute.

The biggest take away I have from this game is that Mueller’s got to put some work in on those completions. Of course, it’s only his second MLS game ever and he’s got a lot of adjusting to do, but there were a few promising crosses made during this game where the finish just wasn’t there. Personally, I’m excited to see how Mueller does with Dwyer beside him. I think that combination will give just the extra push Mueller needs to open his MLS account.

Orlando City is now out 7 starters, and this is not looking like a good start to the season. However, we are expecting a good portion of our starters back by the end of the month. Uri Rosell is only out pending fitness, so as soon as he’s in shape, we can expect to see him. Dwyer and Colman have been out with injuries and anticipated back by the end of the month.

Sacha and Da Silva will be wrapping up their suspensions in time for our March 31st match at home and PC will be back from his red card suspension this week against NYCFC. I fully believe in this team Kreis has built and I’m sure we will start seeing results when we get these key players back, so just hang tight City fans. After all, we’re City till we die!

That about wraps up this post-game report for ORLvMIN. Wishing a quick recovery to Pinho and Molino so both teams can get back on their feet ASAP. Our next game is on March 17th against NYCFC, our first away game of the season. It’s gonna be a big one, so make sure you’re following Keira and me on Twitter for that in-game coverage.

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ORL vs DC post game

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By Shae Beaudoin // @ShaeEliz

Saturday, March 3, 2018: 1-1 Draw

Orlando City SC’s home opener was just as intense as I would expect from this team. Saturday night we opened our season at home against DC United. Being the first game of the season, of course the fans came loaded with so much energy. The chants started in the streets of downtown Orlando two hours before the gates to the stadium even opened.

Along with the energy, the fan supporter groups hung a huge TIFO at the start of the match reading “Grow your passion, show your pride, create your legacy, legends never die” as a tribute to a fan who passed away last season. 

Last night’s lineups were:

DC United

Ousted (GK), Fisher (D), Birnbaum (D), Brilliant (D), DeLeon (D), Moreno (M), Asad (M), Segura (M), Stieber (M), Arriola (M), Mattocks (F)

Subs: Clark, Durkin*, Harkes*, Miranda, Mullins*, Odoi-Atsem, Opare

Orlando City

Bendik (G), El-Munir (D), Tarek (D), Spector (D), Sutter (D), Lindley (M), PC (M), Johnson (M), Yotun (M), Mueller (F), Miram (F)

Subs: Edwards, Laryea*, Rocha, Sane, Toia, Allen*, Pinho*

*subbed in

Right out of the gate, DC found themselves in promising positions inside the box twice in just the first two minutes. At 18’ minutes, VAR awarded DC a penalty kick, which was miraculously saved by Joe Bendik and knocked out of play by captain Jonathan Spector. By the 31st minute, DC had a point in the board and by 40 minutes, Orlando was down to 10 players with Victor PC sent off with a red (initially a yellow until VAR said eh, no). By halftime, tensions were so high between the two teams a fight nearly broke out on the field.

Second half was just as intense, but at least less tension between the teams. More or less. There were still several cards handed out and free kicks awarded, including one free kick awarded to Orlando that was quickly stolen by DC and almost a dangerous breakaway if Mohammed El-Munir hadn’t chased 11 down to knock the ball out of play.

And, as City is oh so good at pulling off, a pass from Spector allowed Pinho to land an equalizer in added time of his first MLS appearance. The Wall exploded. Hey, it’s not a win but it’s better than a loss. Plus we need to commend the effort here.

City held DC to just one goal with a man down for the majority of the match. Even more than that, City was without some key players from the roster, with Dwyer, Sacha, Colman, Powers and Rosell unavailable to play.

I know, personally, I had accepted the loss at about the 80th minute, thinking the cards were just stacked against us being a man down and without those players. I was gladly proven wrong when Pinho subbed in for Mueller to take some shots. We also need to applaud Mueller. This was the 2018 draft pick’s professional debut and he did awesome, getting several attempts of his own in there.

This game was tough, I will admit. This is definitely not the same DC team we’re used to facing. Controversial calls—or lack thereof, rather—made the match even more challenging for both sides. Overall, a great game by City and I’m excited to see how dangerous we are with our full roster available.

City faces off against Minnesota United next Saturday, back at the Orlando City Stadium. Check back here for my pre-game breakdown next week and I’ll try to contain my love for Adrian and Harrison Heath and Kevin Molino. Maybe.

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Orlando City SC: New kits & roster update

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By Shae Beaudoin // @ShaeEliz

Here are the updates to the roster:

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

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 (Playing for USL)

F – Carlos Rivas (traded to RBNY)

F – Cyle Larin (broke contract)

2018 – In

GK – Adam Grinwis

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

D – Mohamed El-Munir

D – Amro Tarek (on loan)

D – Lamine Sane

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)

M – Justin Miram (traded from Columbus Crew)

M – Uri Rosell (ex-SKC)

F – Stéfano Pinho (traded from Miami FC)

F – Chris Mueller (2018 SuperDraft  pick)

Just a week ahead of our home opener, Orlando City SC revealed a new away kit. The new white threads pay a tribute to the fans, including details like our founding year as a club, our zip code, and of course, the Orlando Health logo. Take a look below and let us know your thoughts.

Orlando City starts it’s season at home on March 3rd at the Orlando City Stadium. We’ll be facing off against D.C. United. During the offseason, head coach Jason Kreis did a complete overhaul of the team.

In total, we lost 14 players from last season and gained 14 new ones, including a few stars from NYCFC, RBNY, LA Galaxy, Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew. It appears that Kreis will be putting the focus on our midfield and attack. Either way, study up on the new names to the roster and be ready to yell them loud and proud with all of us in the Supporters section!

Not local? Catch the match on MLS Live. Sorry, this one won’t be on ESPN, Fox or Univision.

The new kits are available at The Lion’s Den in downtown Orlando now and will be available online starting February 23rd at 7pm ET. Who’s number will you be repping this year?

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Orlando City’s 2018 Roster Changes

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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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Orlando City preseason is here!

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By Shae Beaudoin // @ShaeEliz

I have been eternally BORED since the season ended for Orlando City SC back in October after we missed out on playoffs for the third season running. But luckily, time flies and we are officially BACK! Preseason starts next week and I can’t wait. How about you?

This preseason, we’ll be facing off against Jacksonville University, Minnesota United FC (Hey Heath and Little Heath, miss you guys!), Philadelphia Union, Real Salt Lake, and Chicago Fire.  Unfortunately, it looks like these matches will not be open to the public.

The following matches will get us warmed up for our home opener against D.C. United on March 3rd. See you there!

Saturday, Feb. 3 – Preseason scrimmage vs. Jacksonville University at Southern Oak Stadium, 12 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 10 – Preseason scrimmage vs. Minnesota United FC at Sylvan Lake Park, Time TBD

Wednesday, Feb. 14 – Preseason scrimmage vs. Philadelphia Union at Sylvan Lake Park, Time TBD

Saturday, Feb. 17 – Preseason scrimmage vs. Real Salt Lake at Sylvan Lake Park, Time TBD

Saturday, Feb. 24 – Preseason scrimmage vs. Chicago Fire at Orlando City Stadium, 11:30 a.m.

Be sure to check back next week for a full update on the Orlando City roster. I’m breaking down who’s in and who’s out. By the way, Larin’s still in.

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