Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Orlando City, present and future, kicks off critical year
by Paul Kennedy, March 20th, 2014 6:12PM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

TAGS:  orlando city, usl


[USL PRO: Week 1] With one eye on its title defense and another on its MLS launch next season, Orlando City kicks off the 2014 USL PRO season Saturday at the Charleston Battery. In the other opener, Galaxy II, which hosts the Orange County Blues, is the wave of the future, the first MLS-operated second team to debut in USL PRO. For a look at Orlando City, Charleston, LA Galaxy II and Orange County.

USL PRO, Week 1 Schedule:
Saturday, March 22
Charleston vs. Orlando City
LA Galaxy II vs. Orange County
Streaming: USL PRO YouTube | NSCAATV

Orlando City went unbeaten in four games against MLS teams at the Disney Pro Classic at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, where it will play in 2014 while the Florida Citrus Bowl is being renovated. (Orlando City will move into its new downtown stadium in 2016.)

“It’s highly important for us to start off the season with a strong performance,” said Orlando City coach Adrian Heath said the upcoming match with the Battery. “Charleston always give us a good battle and I don’t expect anything less this time around, but we’ll be up for it.”

Charleston Battery 2014:
Ugandan midfielder Michael Azira has moved on to the Seattle Sounders, but a core of players return for the Battery, which finished third in the 2013 regular-season standings with a 13-6-7 record. First-team all-league Colin Falvey anchors the backline, and top scorer Dane Kelly (11 goals) leads the attack. Maikel Chang, Odisnel Cooper and Heviel Cordoves, who all defected from Cuba while in Canada for a World Cup qualifier in 2012, are all back for a second season. The core of the team will consist of eight players with ties to the Vancouver Whitecaps, including former UConn striker Mamadou Diouf and Jamaican youth international Andre Lewis, who were taken in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, and former No. 1 draft pick at the StubHub Center Track and Field Stadium.
Michael Anhaeuser. STADIUM: Blackbaud Stadium (capacity: 5,100).
MLS PARTNER: Vancouver Whitecaps. MLS LOAN PLAYERS: Aminu Abdallah, Mamadou Diouf, Andre Lewis, Omar Salgado.

LA Galaxy II 2014:
Veteran MLS coach Curt Onalfo, a Galaxy assistant, will lead Galaxy II in its debut season. Galaxy II will give plenty of playing time to players like forward Jack McBean, who played just nine games in his first three MLS seasons and is still only 19. Other Homegrown players who should see action include Oscar Sorto, Bradford Jamieson IV and Raul Mendiola. Galaxy II will fill out its roster with other Galaxy first-team players not in the first 18, plus current academy players like Adonis Amaya and Elijah Martin. Frenchman Laurent Courtois will serve as player-assistant coach. Daniel Steres, a second-team all-league defender from Wilmington, has also joined the team.
COACH: Curt Onalfo. STADIUM: StubHub Center Track and Field Stadium (capacity: 8,000).
MLS PARENT CLUB: LA Galaxy. MLS LOAN PLAYERS: Rafael Garcia, Bradford Jamieson IV, Jack McBean, Raul Mendiola, Charlie Rugg, Oscar Sorto.

Orlando City 2014:
Kevin Molino, who has played for Orlando City in all three USL PRO seasons, was the first MLS signing for the 2015 season. Cuban Yordany Alvarez (Real Salt Lake) and Salvadoran Darwin Ceren (Juventud Independiente) were signed through 2015, while other newcomers include Corey Hertzog and Brad Rusin (both Vancouver Whitecaps), Austin Da Luz (Carolina RailHawks), plus U.S. U-18s Tommy Redding and Tyler Turner.
COACH: Adrian Heath. STADIUM: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (capacity: 5,300).

Orange County Blues:
The Blues return for a fourth season, but owner Ali Mansouri has moved the team to Orange County (hence the name change), where it will play at UC Irvine's Anteater Stadium. The Blues have signed former Chivas USA backup keeper Patrick McLain and forward Gibson Bardsley, who was a second-team all-league pick with the Dayton Dutch Lions in 2013 after leading the team in goals (9) and assists (7). Of their top three scorers from last season's team that finished 11-7-8 and took sixth place in the regular-season standings, only Chris Cortez (9 goals) returns. Matthew Fondy signed with Chivas USA and George Davis IV joined the Richmond Kickers. Top assist man Rodrigo Lopez moved up north to USL PRO expansion club Sacramento Republic FC.
COACH: Dariush Yazdani. STADIUM: Anteater Stadium (capacity: 2,500).

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer America Daily
USL Final: Allen hat trick powers NYRBII to big win    
Former Georgetown star Brandon Allen scored three goals and added an assist as Red Bulls II ...
Video Pick: Klopp cracks up at mixup    
Liverpool's German coach Jurgen Klopp amused himself after misunderstanding a postgame question following his team's 2-1 ...
What They're Saying: Jose Mourinho    
"This gesture, at 1-0, OK. Not at 4-0. It is a humiliation." -- Jose Mourinho, caught ...
USWNT: Ohai does one (second) better than Williams    
The USA overcame an early deficit to hammer Switzerland, 5-1, before 23,400 fans at Minneapolis' U.S. ...
Crowd Count: MLS breaks attendance marks    
MLS broke its record for average attendance for the third year in a row, finishing with ...
MLS: Decision Day Results    
FC Dallas won the MLS Supporters' Shield when it tied the LA Galaxy, 0-0. Philadelphia clinched ...
What They're Saying: Georgia teen Reuben Nsemoh    
"My friends would always talk to me in Spanish and would teach me. I wasn't perfect, ...
U.S. Abroad: Pulisic rescues Borussia Dortmund    
Christian Pulisic came off the bench to set up one goal and score the tying goal ...
Lauren Holiday recovering after successful surgery    
Former U.S. national team star Lauren Holiday is recovering after having successful surgery at Duke University ...
What They're Saying: Jake Edwards    
"It'll evolve slightly for some of those teams over the coming seasons, I believe. We'll find ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives