Category Orlando City SC

New Project – Florida soccer, Orlando, Tampa Bay and Fort Lauderdale from 2011 to 2017

More details to come in the near future but I am launching a project in the next month (subject to legal restrictions) that will compare and contrast the fortunes of the three long-term Florida professional soccer clubs – The Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Orlando City SC and Tampa Bay Rowdies. In late 2010, the NASL/USL split […]

Orlando City SC and referee calls & non-calls

Officiating in Pro Soccer at all levels has been under the microscope in this young season for MLS, NASL and USL. An increase in red cards and “reversal” of calls or non-calls during the week has raised the discussion of referees to a fever pitch. In the middle of all of this has been Orlando […]

Orlando soccer coverage is moving

Starting next Tuesday, coverage of The Orlando Pride, Orlando City SC, Orlando City B and other soccer events in Central Florida will be moving over to Orlando-Rising.com  Bookmark the site for its outstanding political, sports and entertainment coverage today!    

Orlando to host Copa America matches next summer after controversy fades

Orlando was named as one of ten host cities for the Copa America Centenario which will be held in the United States next summer. Copa America is the continental championship for South America. The hundredth anniversary Copa America being held outside the region raised eyebrows when it was announced in 2013. The tournament was in serious […]

Orlando Pride and Alex Morgan signing show Orlando City SC is building complete football club

The signing of Alex Morgan by the Orlando Pride on Monday was another step forward in the vision of Orlando City SC President Phil Rawlins to build a “complete football club.” In recent weeks the club also announced a “B” team to play in the third-tier United Soccer Leagues which will allow the team to […]

Fort Lauderdale loss probably hands Tampa Bay NASL postseason spot; South Florida soccer “fans” fail again compared to counterparts elsewhere in Florida

With two chances in four days to pull away and essentially end the race for the final spot in the NASL’s unique “Championship” postseason tournament, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers failed on both occasions. Taking just one point from the two games, the Strikers now sit behind Tampa Bay who defeated Carolina 1-0 at Al Lang […]

All four Florida pro soccer teams remain in postseason contention

Friday night in front of over 43,000 fans at the Citrus Bowl, Orlando City remained in contention to qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs. The Lions 2-1 victory over fellow first year MLS side New York City FC gives the Orlando a shot, albeit a remote one of joining eleven other sides in the postseason. […]

Sources: Orlando Pride to be announced Tuesday and other related news

Orlando’s entry to the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) should be confirmed on Tuesday according to multiple sources. The NWSL waiver wire that was expected open last week has been postponed to October 21st, likely due to a pending October 20th announcement of the new  Orlando team known as the Pride. This will come days […]

Alex Morgan and Orlando City Women’s Team

Orlando City’s potential entry to the NWSL next season club officials hope according to  my own sources and Charles Boehm at Soccerwire, the new team would like to have superstar US Women’s National Team Forward Alex Morgan, who graces the cover of this year’s FIFA game in the US (alongside none other than Lionel Messi) […]

Orlando City break Florida all-time pro soccer season attendance (average) record

Thanks to 35,421 customers on Saturday night, Orlando City SC now will hold the single-season attendance record for a Florida pro soccer team.  The Lions defeated Montreal 2-1 to close to within one point of the final playoff spot (currently held by Montreal) in the MLS Eastern Conference with two matches remaining. The previous record for […]