2012 Orlando City S.C. season

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Orlando City
2012 season
Owners England John Bonner
England Phil Rawlins
Manager England Adrian Heath
Stadium Citrus Bowl
USL Pro 1st
USL Pro Playoffs Semi-Final
U.S. Open Cup Third Round
WDW Pro Soccer Classic Group Stage
Top goalscorer League:
Chin (11)
All:
Chin (12)
Highest home attendance 8,932 vs Dayton (August 17)
Lowest home attendance 3,506 vs Harrisburg (June 22)
Average home league attendance 6,606 (league)
6,904 (all CB matches)
Home colors
Away colors

The 2012 Orlando City Soccer Club season will be the club's second season of existence. It is City's second consecutive year in the third tier of American soccer, playing in the USL Professional Division for their second season. In the 2011 season, Orlando City won the regular season and the playoffs. As of the 1 March 2012, there are approximately 3,500 season ticket holders for the 2012 season.[1] They ended the season with winning the league title for the second consecutive year, but they lost in the Playoffs to the Wilmington Hammerheads in the Semi-final 3-4.

Background[edit]

In October 2010, the Orlando Pro Soccer USL rights were purchased by Phil Rawlins, who moved the Austin Aztex organization to Orlando, and the team was announced on October 25, 2010. Rawlins has stated that he intends to bring a Major League Soccer franchise to Orlando "within 3–5 years". Rawlins was able to bring international matches to the city in 2011 when Orlando played English Premier League sides Bolton Wanderers and Newcastle United. Rawlins is President and majority owner and Adrian Heath is the manager.

Competitions[edit]

Friendlies[edit]

Orlando City originally agreed to play Nottingham Forest F.C. on July 21, 2012. However, this match was canceled when Forest sacked their manager, Steve Cotterill. The team also canceled a friendly with Charleston Battery, forgoing their American tour altogether.

WDW Pro Soccer Classic[edit]

USL Pro[edit]

Further information: 2012 USL Pro season

All times from this point on Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-04:00)

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
24 17 6 1 50 18 +32 57 8 4 0 27 8 +19 9 2 1 23 10 +13

Last updated: July 27, 2012.
Source: Match reports

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
Ground A H A H H A A H H A H H H A A A A H A H H A A H
Result W W W D W W W D W L W W W D D W W W W D W W W D

Last updated: July 14, 2012.
Source: Match reports
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Results[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos
Team
GP
W
T
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification
1 Orlando City (CC) 24 17 6 1 50 18 +32 57 Commissioner's Cup, Playoffs 1st round bye
2 Rochester Rhinos (A) 24 12 5 7 27 23 +4 41 Playoffs 1st round bye
3 Charleston Battery (A) 24 12 2 10 36 26 +10 38 Playoffs
4 Richmond Kickers (A) 24 11 5 8 31 27 +4 38
5 Wilmington Hammerheads (A) 24 10 7 7 34 32 +2 37
6 Harrisburg City Islanders (A) 24 10 7 7 34 29 +5 37
7 Charlotte Eagles 24 11 3 10 34 26 +8 36
8 Los Angeles Blues 24 9 3 12 26 29 −3 30
9 Dayton Dutch Lions 24 4 10 10 20 29 −9 22
10 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 24 4 5 15 20 39 −19 17
11 Antigua Barracuda 24 5 1 18 16 50 −34 16

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.[3]
(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.

USL Pro Playoffs[edit]

U.S. Open Cup[edit]

Further information: 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

As part of the new format for the U.S. Open Cup in 2012, Orlando City entered with the other U.S.-based teams from USL Pro and the NASL in the second round. The first two rounds were drawn on May 1, 2012, and the third round was drawn on May 16, 2012.

Club[edit]

Roster[edit]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Gallardo, MiguelMiguel Gallardo      Mexico
2 Defender Jérôme, MechackMechack Jérôme      Haiti
3 Midfielder Mbengue, AdamaAdama Mbengue      Senegal
4 Midfielder Fuller, IanIan Fuller (captain)     United States
5 Defender Bernard, KieronKieron Bernard      Jamaica
6 Midfielder Pulis, AnthonyAnthony Pulis      Wales
7 Midfielder Sowers, NickNick Sowers      United States
8 Defender Ustruck, ErikErik Ustruck      United States
9 Midfielder López, RodrigoRodrigo López      United States
10 Midfielder Rooney, JohnJohn Rooney      England
11 Forward Griffin, MaxwellMaxwell Griffin      United States
12 Forward Luzunaris, MattMatt Luzunaris      United States
13 Defender Clark, JustinJustin Clark      United States
14 Midfielder Boden, LukeLuke Boden      England
15 Forward Chin, DennisDennis Chin      United States
16 Defender Allen, WesWes Allen      United States
17 Midfielder O'Connor, JamesJames O'Connor      Ireland
18 Midfielder Molino, KevinKevin Molino      Trinidad and Tobago
20 Defender Davies, KyleKyle Davies      United States
21 Goalkeeper Kelley, SeanSean Kelley      United States
22 Defender Valentino, RobRob Valentino      United States
23 Midfielder Campbell, CharlieCharlie Campbell      United States
77 Forward Watson, JamieJamie Watson      United States

Squad information[edit]

No. Nat. Player Birthday Previous club 2012 USL Pro appearances 2012 USL Pro goals
Goalkeepers
1 Mexico Miguel Gallardo (1984-10-24) October 24, 1984 (age 30) United States Austin Lightning* 21 0
21 United States Sean Kelley (1988-04-18) April 18, 1988 (age 26) United States Northern Virginia Royals* 4 0
Defenders
2 Haiti Mechack Jérôme (1990-04-21) April 21, 1990 (age 24) Portugal S.C. Mirandela* 20 1
5 Jamaica Kieron Bernard (1985-08-02) August 2, 1985 (age 29) United States Austin Aztex U23* 15 2
8 United States Erik Ustruck (1985-01-04) January 4, 1985 (age 29) United States FC Tampa Bay 18 1
13 United States Justin Clark (1988-10-17) October 17, 1988 (age 26) United States Rollins College 5 0
16 United States Wes Allen (1986-09-17) September 17, 1986 (age 28) United States Austin Aztex U23* 8 2
20 United States Kyle Davies (1989-04-11) April 11, 1989 (age 25) Canada Toronto FC 16 0
22 United States Rob Valentino (1985-12-21) December 21, 1985 (age 28) United States FC Tampa Bay 15 2
Midfielders
3 Senegal Adama Mbengue (1993-12-01) December 1, 1993 (age 21) United States Orlando City U-23 11 0
4 United States Ian Fuller (1979-08-31) August 31, 1979 (age 35) United States Charleston Battery* 22 3
6 Wales Anthony Pulis (1984-07-21) July 21, 1984 (age 30) England Aldershot Town F.C. 15 2
7 United States Nick Sowers (1989-01-12) January 12, 1989 (age 25) United States Rollins College 0 0
9 United States Rodrigo López (1987-05-10) May 10, 1987 (age 27) United States Ventura County Fusion 8 1
10 England John Rooney (1990-12-17) December 17, 1990 (age 24) United States New York Red Bulls 9 2
14 England Luke Boden (1988-11-26) November 26, 1988 (age 26) England Sheffield Wednesday F.C. 21 0
17 Republic of Ireland James O'Connor (1979-09-01) September 1, 1979 (age 35) England Sheffield Wednesday F.C. 21 0
18 Trinidad and Tobago Kevin Molino (1990-06-17) June 17, 1990 (age 24) Trinidad and Tobago Ma Pau SC 23 2
23 United States Charlie Campbell (1988-01-05) January 5, 1988 (age 26) United States Louisville Cardinals 19 1
Strikers
11 United States Maxwell Griffin (1987-09-17) September 17, 1987 (age 27) United States Los Angeles Legends* 8 1
12 United States Matt Luzunaris (1989-03-06) March 6, 1989 (age 25) United States San Jose Earthquakes 18 9
15 United States Dennis Chin (1987-06-04) June 4, 1987 (age 27) United States Central Florida Kraze 24 11
77 United States Jamie Watson (1986-04-10) April 10, 1986 (age 28) United States Wilmington Hammerheads* 23 5

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

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Out[edit]

Loan In[edit]

Loan Out[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Orlando City put MLS ambitions on show for Commissioner (1 March 2012). MLSsoccer.com.
  2. ^ Frings' goal gives Toronto FC 2-2 tie with Orlando City at Disney Classic[dead link] (25 February 2012). Winnipeg Free Press.
  3. ^ See Rule 2.11 League Regulations
  4. ^ Orlando City signs midfielder John Rooney, younger brother of English standout Wayne Rooney (26 January 2012). Associated Press via the Washington Post.
  5. ^ Orlando City signs Rollins alum Justin Clark (4 April 2012). Press release.
  6. ^ Orlando City signs former US Youth National Team Captain Kyle Davies (5 April 2012). Press release.
  7. ^ USL Pro Champion Orlando City opens title defense on Saturday (6 April 2012). Central Florida News 13.
  8. ^ Orlando City signs Longwood native Nick Sowers (20 April 2012).
  9. ^ Orlando City promotes U23s star Adama Mbengue to pro roster (21 June 2012).
  10. ^ Orlando City Signs Rodrigo Lopez from PDL'S Ventura County (5 July 2012).
  11. ^ Sporting KC signs defender Lawrence Olum (15 September 2011). SportingKC.com.
  12. ^ Cyber Monday Shopping Spree (28 November 2011). RhinosSoccer.com.
  13. ^ RSL complete Alvarez transfer from Orlando City SC (26 January 2012). MLSsoccer.com.
  14. ^ ‘Warriors’ face U-23s (18 November 2011). Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday.
  15. ^ Caledonia edge Santa Rosa in FA Trophy (15 February 2012). Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday
  16. ^ a b D.C. United signs midfielder Lewis Neal (14 March 2012). Potomac Soccer Wire.
  17. ^ a b Orlando City Roster
  18. ^ Lions Add Alexandre On Loan
  19. ^ Alexandre Returns To Orlando
  20. ^ Alexandre Joins Lions On Loan
  21. ^ Max Griffin loaned to LA Blues in exchange for George Davis IV
  22. ^ RSL fill one void with Alvarez, still looking to fill more (27 January 2012). MLSsoccer.com.
  23. ^ We hardly knew you (16 February 2012). Deseret News.
  24. ^ D.C. United news & notes (6 March 2012). The Washington Post.
  25. ^ Max Griffin loaned to LA Blues in exchange for George Davis IV
  26. ^ http://www.insidemnsoccer.com/2012/09/04/jamie-watson-loaned-to-minnesota-stars-for-remainder-of-season/