Name
Orlando City

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Portland Timbers vs Orlando City (25 Sep)

Established
2013 (4 years old)

Sport
Soccer

Manager
Adrian Heath

Stadium/Home
Citrus Bowl
(65,438 Capacity)

Jersey Clearart


Location
Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando, Florida

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League
American Major League Soccer

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Upcoming Events
Monday 25th Sep Portland Timbers - Orlando City Providence Park
Thursday 28th Sep Orlando City - New England Citrus Bowl
Saturday 30th Sep Orlando City - FC Dallas Citrus Bowl
Sunday 15th Oct Orlando City - Columbus Crew Citrus Bowl
Sunday 22nd Oct Philadelphia Union - Orlando City PPL Park

Latest Results
Saturday 16th Sep Atlanta United 3 - 3 Orlando City Bobby Dodd Stadium
Sunday 10th Sep DC United 1 - 2 Orlando City RFK Stadium
Sunday 3rd Sep New England 4 - 0 Orlando City Gillette Stadium
Sunday 27th Aug Orlando City 1 - 2 Vancouver Whitecaps Citrus Bowl
Sunday 20th Aug Orlando City 1 - 1 Columbus Crew Citrus Bowl

Description

Orlando City Soccer Club is an upcoming American professional soccer team based in Orlando, Florida that will compete in Major League Soccer (MLS). Orlando City SC was announced as the league's twenty-first franchise on November 19, 2013. The team's expansion rights were purchased by Brazilian businessman Flavio Augusto da Silva and Phil Rawlins, owners of the USL Pro Orlando City Soccer Club. The club intends to begin playing in the 2015 MLS season alongside the twentieth franchise New York City FC. Orlando City SC will be the first MLS franchise located in the state of Florida since the Miami Fusion F.C. and Tampa Bay Mutiny were folded by the MLS following the 2001 Major League Soccer season.

On October 25, 2010, Phil Rawlins and his investor group of Orlando City Soccer Club, announced their intentions of joining Major League Soccer within the next 3 to 5 years. On February 28, 2011, Orlando City announced it met with commissioner Don Garber and league officials concerning expansion. Topics covered included the demographics of the Orlando marketplace, the local corporate and fan support for soccer, and developing a roadmap for a future MLS franchise in Orlando. Orlando City team officials met with Commissioner Don Garber again on November 10, 2011 for further discussions about joining the MLS as its 20th club - which ultimately went to New York City - in 2013.

On March 1, 2012. Garber visited Orlando to meet with city and county officials. He stated, "It's not a matter of if, but when," when addressing Orlando's chances of joining MLS. On August 31, 2012, Rawlins told the Orlando Business Journal the team could get the Major League Soccer approval as early as fall 2013, and be ready to play in the league by 2014 or 2015. Rawlins said to make that happen, the league had asked the team to explore building a 22,000-seat soccer-specific stadium. "They didn't say we had to have a stadium built before we could join, but they at least would like a plan that it's happening."

On November 19, 2013, Orlando City SC was announced as the league's twenty-first franchise. On May 13, 2014, the team unveiled its new logo. On June 9, 2014, Orlando City SC announced a partnership with Benfica. As part of that partnership, Orlando City signed two players from the S.L. Benfica Juniors U-19 developmental team - Estrela and Rafael Ramos - to MLS contracts on August 7, 2014.

On November 21, 2014, Adrian Heath signed a contract extension committing him to the club through to the end of the 2017 MLS season.

Team Members

Kaka


Júlio Baptist


Seb Hines


Antonio Noceri


Brek Shea


Stadium or Home

The Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium (formerly Orlando Stadium, Tangerine Bowl and the Florida Citrus Bowl) is an outdoor-sports stadium in Orlando, Florida, USA. The stadium is located in Downtown Orlando, home to new sports and entertainment facilities including the Amway Center, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and the yet-to-be-built Orlando City Stadium.

The stadium is the current home of the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl (formerly known as the Capital One Bowl), the Russell Athletic Bowl, the Florida Classic between Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman, the MEAC/SWAC Challenge, and Monster Jam. The stadium was built for football, and seats 65,000. In the past, it has served as home of several alternate-league American football teams. From 2011 to 2013, it was the home of the Orlando City Soccer Club, a soccer team in USL Pro. From 1979 to 2006, it served as the home of the UCF Knights football team. It was also one of the nine venues used for the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

On February 15, 2013, it was announced that Fifth Third Bank had purchased naming rights to the field for Orlando City matches. Its name during those matches was Fifth Third Bank Field at the Citrus Bowl.

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