2011 Orlando City S.C. season

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Orlando City
2011 season
Owners England Brendan Flood
England Phil Rawlins
Head Coach England Adrian Heath
Stadium Citrus Bowl
USL Pro Commissioner's Cup
USL Pro Championship
Playoffs Champions
U.S. Open Cup 3rd round
WDW Pro Soccer Classic 3rd
Top goalscorer League:
Griffin (11)
All:
Griffin (12)
Highest home attendance 11,220 vs Harrisburg City Islanders 3 September 2011
Lowest home attendance 1,321 vs Charleston Battery 3 August 2011
Average home league attendance 6,021 (including playoffs)
Home colors
Away colors

The 2011 Orlando City S.C. season, will mark the club's first season in existence, and their first year in the third-tier USL Pro League. Previously, the club was known as the Austin Aztex before they were relocated to Orlando, Florida. They won a double, winning the Commissioner's Cup as the top team in the league's regular season, and winning the USL Pro Championship.

Match results[edit]

      Win       Tie       Loss

Friendlies[edit]

Orlando City's 2011 pre-season started with three games against Major League Soccer ("MLS") clubs. It won its first match, a 1–0 result against Philadelphia Union at the Citrus Bowl, with then-trainee Lewis Neal scoring the team's first goal. It is also scheduled for a 4-team classic at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, drawing FC Dallas for its first match on February 24, a 0–1 loss. On February 26 they won again, this time against Toronto FC, a result of 1–0. This marked the club's second victory. Orlando City got the opportunity to play Swedish First Division side BK Häcken in a friendly at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on March 5. City played a hard fought game, as the game ended in a 2–3 loss.

After playing the MLS teams, Orlando City then played a series of games against Florida college teams. They played Division II runner-up Rollins College Tars on March 16 at the Cahall-Sandspur Field and Barker Family Stadium in Winter Park resulting in a 3–1 victory. They followed this game with a 5–1 victory over Division I University of Central Florida Knights at the UCF Track and Soccer Complex in Orlando. Orlando City will play on March 22 against Division I Stetson University Hatters in DeLand, FL, and the final pre-season game is on March 26 against Division I University of South Florida Bulls at the USF Soccer Stadium in Tampa.

Orlando City scheduled mid-season friendlies with two clubs from the Premier League, Bolton Wanderers and Newcastle United.

USL Pro[edit]

Following a season-opening road loss to Richmond Kickers, Orlando City went on an 11-match undefeated run, closing the first half with a record of 8–1–3. Goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo had a league-high eleven clean sheets. The Lions finished with a 15–3–6 record, winning the 2011 Commissioner's Cup and home-field advantage throughout the USL Pro Playoffs.

  • The Puerto Rico Soccer League teams (Sevilla FC Puerto Rico, River Plate Puerto Rico and Puerto Rico United) withdrew from USL Pro competition on May 9, 2011. Games played before then will count toward standings, but games scheduled thereafter were rescheduled with other teams. This affected two games for Orlando City: a June 24 away date against River Plate (rescheduled to Antigua), and a June 29 home date against Sevilla (rescheduled to August 3 vs Charleston).[1][2]

USL Pro Playoffs[edit]

2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup[edit]

Orlando City did not give up a goal in its first 217 minutes of U.S. Open Cup competition in 2011, beating ASC New Stars of the USASA Houston Football Association in the first round, and Charleston Battery of USL Pro in the second round. After taking an early lead in its third round match against FC Dallas, a rematch from the WDW Pro Soccer Classic, Dallas scored twice and looked to cruise to the fourth round. Yordany Alvarez stunned Dallas keeper Kevin Hartman with a late equalizer in second half stoppage time, but a barrage of quick attempts on the restart led to a Milton Rodriguez game-winner right before the end of play to eliminate the Lions from the Open Cup.

Club[edit]

Roster[edit]

Final roster as of August 4, 2011.[4]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Mexico GK Miguel Gallardo
2 Haiti DF Mechack Jérôme
3 Jamaica DF Demar Stewart
4 United States MF Ian Fuller
5 Jamaica DF Kieron Bernard
6 United States DF Jack Traynor
7 Trinidad and Tobago MF Justin Fojo
8 United States MF Erik Ustruck
9 Trinidad and Tobago FW Devorn Jorsling
10 Cuba MF Yordany Álvarez
11 United States FW Maxwell Griffin
No. Position Player
13 Kenya MF Lawrence Olum
14 England MF Luke Boden
15 United States FW Dennis Chin
16 United States DF Wes Allen
18 Trinidad and Tobago MF Kevin Molino
21 United States GK Sean Kelley
22 United States DF Rob Valentino
23 United States MF Charlie Campbell
24 England MF Lewis Neal
77 United States FW Jamie Watson

Squad information[edit]

No. Nat. Player Birthday Previous club Pro USL† appearances Pro USL† goals
Goalkeepers
1 Mexico Miguel Gallardo (1984-10-24) October 24, 1984 (age 30) United States Austin Lightning* 63 0
21 United States Sean Kelley (1988-04-18) April 18, 1988 (age 26) United States Northern Virginia Royals* 2 0
Defenders
2 Haiti Mechack Jérôme (1990-04-21) April 21, 1990 (age 24) Portugal S.C. Mirandela* 9 0
3 Jamaica Demar Stewart (1984-12-15) December 15, 1984 (age 29) England Sheffield United F.C. 11 2
5 Jamaica Kieron Bernard (1985-08-02) August 2, 1985 (age 29) United States Austin Aztex U23* 41 1
6 United States Jack Traynor (1987-03-17) March 17, 1987 (age 27) United States AC St. Louis 34 0
16 United States Wes Allen (1986-09-17) September 17, 1986 (age 28) United States Austin Aztex U23* 23 0
22 United States Rob Valentino (1985-12-21) December 21, 1985 (age 28) United States FC Tampa Bay 43 1
Midfielders
4 United States Ian Fuller (1979-08-31) August 31, 1979 (age 35) United States Charleston Battery* 142 15
7 Trinidad and TobagoUnited States Justin Fojo (1988-12-07) December 7, 1988 (age 25) United States College of Charleston 2 0
8 United States Erik Ustruck (1985-01-04) January 4, 1985 (age 29) United States FC Tampa Bay 21 0
10 Cuba Yordany Álvarez (1985-05-24) May 24, 1985 (age 29) Cuba FC Cienfuegos* 53 6
13 Kenya Lawrence Olum (1984-07-10) July 10, 1984 (age 30) United States Minnesota Thunder* 106 14
14 England Luke Boden (1988-11-26) November 26, 1988 (age 25) England Sheffield Wednesday F.C. 14 2
18 Trinidad and Tobago Kevin Molino (1990-06-17) June 17, 1990 (age 24) Trinidad and Tobago Ma Pau SC 11 2
23 United States Charlie Campbell (1988-01-05) January 5, 1988 (age 26) United States Louisville Cardinals 5 0
24 England Lewis Neal (1981-07-14) July 14, 1981 (age 33) England Shrewsbury Town F.C. 13 6
Strikers
9 Trinidad and Tobago Devorn Jorsling (1983-12-27) December 27, 1983 (age 30) Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force F.C. 13 3
11 United States Maxwell Griffin (1987-09-17) September 17, 1987 (age 27) United States Los Angeles Legends* 49 19
15 United States Dennis Chin (1987-06-04) June 4, 1987 (age 27) United States Central Florida Kraze 4 3
77 United States Jamie Watson (1986-04-10) April 10, 1986 (age 28) United States Wilmington Hammerheads* 60 24

† = "Pro USL" means leagues with professional USL teams, meaning USL First Division and its predecessors (through 2009), USL Second Division (through 2010) and the USSF Division 2 Professional League (2010).

* = Denotes players who were retained after the move of the Austin Aztex FC organization to form Orlando City S.C.

Loans[edit]

Michael Tetteh was loaned to Orlando City on June 29, 2011[5] on a 10 day contract and returned to Seattle by July 12.[6]

Matt Luzunaris was loaned to Orlando City before the July 16, 2011 game against Rochester for an unspecified time period and with San Jose reserving the right to recall.[7] Luzunaris scored goals in his first two games playing for City, against Rochester[8] and English Premier League team Bolton[9] Luzunaris was recalled by San Jose on August 2.[10]

Following the season, Yordany Alvarez was loaned to Real Salt Lake, and Maxwell Griffin was loaned to San Jose Earthquakes. Both loans will last to the end of the 2011 Major League Soccer season. Since they occurred at the MLS roster deadline, both players are eligible for the MLS playoffs. In addition, Lawrence Olum left on free transfer, as his contract ended, and was signed by Sporting Kansas City.[11]

Players on trial[edit]

List according to roster provided for the 2011 Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
19 MF Phillip Jackson
20 United States DF José Burciaga, Jr.
23 United States MF Frankie Lopez

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
General Manager vacant
Head Coach England Adrian Heath
Assistant Coach United States Ian Fuller
Goalkeepers Coach Brazil Marcos Machado

Last updated: February 13, 2011
Source: Orlando City S.C.

Management[edit]

Majority Owner & President England Phil Rawlins
Minority Owners England Brendan Flood
England Gary Mellor
Director of Operations United States Alex Wolf
Director of Communications United States Adam Soucie
Director of Community Relations England Kay Rawlins
Director of Camps and Clinics United States Brian Pederson
Ground (capacity and dimensions) Citrus Bowl (70,000 / 104.2x67.7 meters)

Last updated: February 13, 2011
Source: Orlando City S.C.

Standings[edit]

American Division[edit]

Pos
Team
GP
W
T
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification
1 Orlando City (C) 24 15 6 3 36 16 +20 51 2011 USL Pro Commissioner's Cup, 2011 USL Pro Playoffs
2 Wilmington Hammerheads (A) 24 14 3 7 42 30 +12 45 2011 USL Pro Playoffs
3 Richmond Kickers (A) 24 12 5 7 35 21 +14 41
4 Charleston Battery (A) 24 10 5 9 24 25 −1 35
5 Charlotte Eagles 24 9 6 9 32 29 +3 33
6 Antigua Barracuda 24 9 2 13 32 32 0 29

Source: USL Pro official standings
Rules for classification: Points, then tiebreak: 1) Head-to-head record based on total points in League games, 2) Total wins in League games, 3) Goal difference in League games, 4) Goals scored in League games, etc.[12]
(CC) = Commissioner's Cup (best regular season record); (A) = Advances to USL Pro Playoffs; (D) = Divisional winners.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified for the USL Pro Playoffs, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (E) = Eliminated from playoff-contention.

National Division[edit]

Pos
Team
GP
W
T
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification
1 Rochester Rhinos (A) 24 12 4 8 31 23 +8 40 2011 USL PRO Playoffs
2 Harrisburg City Islanders (A) 24 10 7 7 37 30 +7 37
3 Los Angeles Blues (A) 24 8 9 7 34 29 +5 33
4 Pittsburgh Riverhounds (A) 24 7 6 11 23 32 −9 27
5 F.C. New York 24 6 7 11 27 37 −10 25
6 Dayton Dutch Lions 24 2 6 16 21 54 −33 12

Source: USL Pro official standings
Rules for classification: Points, then tiebreak: 1) Head-to-head record based on total points in League games, 2) Total wins in League games, 3) Goal difference in League games, 4) Goals scored in League games, etc.[13]
(CC) = Commissioner's Cup (best regular season record); (A) = Advances to USL Pro Playoffs; (D) = Divisional winners.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified for the USL Pro Playoffs, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (E) = Eliminated from playoff-contention.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "USL Reforms Agreement with PRSL". Uslsoccer.com. May 10, 2011. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ "USL PRO Schedule Revisions Announced". Uslsoccer.com. May 12, 2011. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Orlando Takes Victory In Shootout". September 3, 2011. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". Uslsoccer.com. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ Public, Sounders FC. "Rookie Michael Tetteh Loaned to Orlando City – Seattle Sounders Football Club". Soundersfc.com. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ Mayers, Joshua (July 12, 2011). "Tetteh: "I think I've made huge strides. I know I will make it, and to make it there are always obstacles that come."". Seattle Times Sounders FC Blog. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  7. ^ Jeff Radcliffe (July 15, 2011). "Former UCF Knight Luzunaris Joins Orlando City on Loan". Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  8. ^ Orlando City Soccer clinches playoffs with 2–1 win over Rochester.
  9. ^ #BoltonWeek concludes as City falls 3–1 to the Wanderers.
  10. ^ "Matt Luzunaris recalled by San Jose". Orlandocitysoccer.com. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Orlando City Soccer Club: Team News". Orlandocitysoccer.com. September 22, 2011. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  12. ^ See Rule 2.11 League Regulations
  13. ^ See Rule 2.11 League Regulations

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