2013 Orlando City S.C. season

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Orlando City
2013 season
President Phil Rawlins
Manager Adrian Heath
Stadium Fifth Third Bank Field
USL Pro 2nd
USL Pro Playoffs Champions
U.S. Open Cup QF
WDW Pro Soccer Classic 7th
Top goalscorer League:
Dom Dwyer (15)[2]
All:
Dom Dwyer (21)[1]
Highest home attendance 10,697
August 11 v. Seattle Res.
20,886
Sept. 7 v. Charlotte (Championship)
Lowest home attendance 6,187
June 9 v. Antigua
Average home league attendance 8,053
Home colors
Away colors
Third colors

The 2013 Orlando City Soccer Club season was the club's third season of existence in Orlando. Orlando finished second in the overall regular-season table. They were declared 2013 USL Pro Champions after beating Charlotte Eagles 7–4 in front of 20,886 fans at the Fifth Third Bank Field at the Citrus Bowl.

Background[edit]

The first set of returning players was announced on November 7, 2012, including Jamie Watson, Miguel Gallardo, Rob Valentino, Anthony Pulis, Mechack Jérôme and Adama Mbengue. Notably not on the player list was captain Ian Fuller, who was only listed in the press release as "assistant head coach". He has been a player/coach the previous two seasons.[3]

The biggest news regarding the fixture was the announcement of a home-and-away series of preseason friendlies with Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League. The teams will play on March 9 in Orlando, and March 30 in St. Petersburg. They could also potentially meet at the 2013 Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic.[4]

In supporter news, the two largest supporters groups—The Ruckus, and the Iron Lion Firm—announced on November 18, 2012, that they were beginning discussions regarding the unification of the team's supporters groups.[5]

Orlando City played a friendly against A.S. Roma of the Italian top-flight league Serie A on January 2, 2013. Roma was in town on a training visit to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Roma won the match, 5-0.[6]

As part of the alliance between Major League Soccer and the United Soccer Leagues, Orlando City agreed to become the USL Pro affiliate club of Sporting Kansas City. They were matched with Seattle Sounders, and will play home and away matches against their reserve squad in the 2013 season.[7] The first loans made by Sporting Kansas City to Orlando City under the arrangement were forward Dom Dwyer, midfielder Christian Duke, defender Yann Songo'o and goalkeeper Jon Kempin.[8][9]

On February 15, 2013, the team announced that Fifth Third Bank had purchased naming rights to the stadium for Orlando City matches. The Citrus Bowl will be called Fifth Third Bank Field at the Citrus Bowl during Orlando City matches.[10]

Competitions[edit]

Friendlies[edit]

The most important part of the preseason for Orlando City was a local derby with the 2012 North American Soccer League champion Tampa Bay Rowdies. It was the first meeting between minor-league professional soccer teams based in the Greater Orlando and Tampa Bay areas since 1990, when the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Orlando Lions played in the American Professional Soccer League.[11]

The derby, referred to as the I-4 Derby after the road that connects the cities, was won by Orlando City, who took 3-2 victories in both matches, on March 9 in Orlando and March 30 in St. Petersburg. Additionally, the Lions also beat the Rowdies, 2-0, when they met in the 7th place game of the 2013 Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic on February 23.

WDW Pro Soccer Classic[edit]

I-4 Derby[edit]

USL Pro[edit]

Further information: 2013 USL Pro season
All times from this point on Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-04:00)

USL Pro Regular Season[edit]

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
26 16 6 4 54 26 +28 54 12 0 2 36 13 +23 4 6 2 18 13 +5

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 25 26
Ground A A H H A H H H A A A H H H H A A H A A H H A H A H
Result W L W W D W W W W D W W W W L D D W D D W L W W L W

Last updated: August 17, 2013.
Source: Match reports
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Results[edit]
Standings[edit]
Pos
Team
GP
W
T
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification
1 Richmond Kickers (CC) 26 15 10 1 51 24 +27 55 Commissioner's Cup, Playoffs
2 Orlando City (A) 26 16 6 4 54 26 +28 54 Playoffs
3 Charleston Battery (A) 26 13 6 7 48 29 +19 45
4 Harrisburg City Islanders (A) 26 14 2 10 55 39 +16 44
5 Charlotte Eagles (A) 26 10 11 5 44 39 +5 41
6 Los Angeles Blues (A) 26 11 7 8 52 37 +15 40
7 Pittsburgh Riverhounds (A) 26 10 8 8 36 33 +3 38
8 Dayton Dutch Lions (A) 26 10 7 9 43 46 −3 37
9 Wilmington Hammerheads 26 11 4 11 35 39 −4 036
10 VSI Tampa Bay 26 9 5 12 41 39 +2 32
11 Rochester Rhinos 26 6 10 10 25 39 −14 28
12 Phoenix FC 26 5 7 14 28 41 −13 22
13 Antigua Barracuda 26 0 0 26 11 91 −80 0

Source: USL Pro official standings
Rules for classification: 1st Head-to-head; 2nd number of matches won; 3rd goal difference.
(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: 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

Qualification for the U.S. Open Cup began in November 2012 in the fifth tier. The format will be similar to the 2012 tournament, but with the two lowest-ranked USL Pro teams and two expansion USL Pro teams starting in the first round, and the remaining USL Pro teams (including Orlando City and NASL teams entering in the second round. On June 12, Orlando City reached the Quarterfinals, the farthest round ever reached in team history and the farthest USL Pro team in 2013, guaranteeing a $15,000 prize.

Club[edit]

Roster[edit]

Players which have been announced as resigned with Orlando or for which Orlando exercised an option to retain.[12][13]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Gallardo, MiguelMiguel Gallardo      Mexico
3 Midfielder Mendoza, JonathanJonathan Mendoza      United States
4 Midfielder Fuller, IanIan Fuller (captain)     United States
5 Defender Bernard, KieronKieron Bernard (Retired as of May 30[14])     Jamaica
6 Midfielder Pulis, AnthonyAnthony Pulis      Wales
7 Midfielder Burke, BryanBryan Burke      United States
8 Defender Ustruck, ErikErik Ustruck      United States
10 Midfielder Mbengue, AdamaAdama Mbengue      Senegal
12 Midfielder Duke, ChristianChristian Duke      United States
13 Defender Clark, JustinJustin Clark      United States
14 Midfielder Boden, LukeLuke Boden      England
15 Forward Chin, DennisDennis Chin      United States
16 Midfielder Braun, FreddieFreddie Braun      United States
17 Midfielder O'Connor, JamesJames O'Connor      Ireland
18 Midfielder Molino, KevinKevin Molino      Trinidad and Tobago
20 Midfielder Alexandre, JeanJean Alexandre      Haiti
21 Goalkeeper Kempin, JonJon Kempin      United States
22 Defender Valentino, RobRob Valentino      United States
23 Forward Tan, LongLong Tan      China
24 Defender Fekete, BrianBrian Fekete      United States
25 Defender Diakhite, OumarOumar Diakhite      Senegal
28 Forward Sapong, C. J.C. J. Sapong      United States
29 Defender Ellis, KevinKevin Ellis      United States
30 Goalkeeper Kelley, SeanSean Kelley      United States
77 Forward Watson, JamieJamie Watson      United States

Squad information[edit]

No. Nat. Player Birthday Previous club 2013 USL Pro appearances 2013 USL Pro goals
Goalkeepers
1 Mexico Miguel Gallardo (1984-10-24) October 24, 1984 (age 30) United States Austin Lightning* 15 -
21 United States Jon Kempin (1993-04-08) April 8, 1993 (age 21) United States Sporting Kansas City 9 -
30 United States Sean Kelley (1988-04-18) April 18, 1988 (age 26) United States Northern Virginia Royals* 5 -
Defenders
2 Cameroon Yann Songo'o (1991-11-19) November 19, 1991 (age 22) United States Sporting Kansas City 12 2
5 Jamaica Kieron Bernard (1985-08-02) August 2, 1985 (age 29) United States Austin Aztex U23* 0 0
5 Brazil Renan Boufleur (1990-01-04) January 4, 1990 (age 24) United States Phoenix FC 13 2
7 United States Bryan Burke (1989-01-03) January 3, 1989 (age 25) United States Los Angeles Blues* 16 1
8 United States Erik Ustruck (1985-01-04) January 4, 1985 (age 29) United States FC Tampa Bay 12 1
13 United States Justin Clark (1988-10-17) October 17, 1988 (age 26) United States Rollins College 6 -
14 England Luke Boden (1988-11-26) November 26, 1988 (age 25) England Sheffield Wednesday F.C. 24 -
22 United States Rob Valentino (1985-12-21) December 21, 1985 (age 28) United States Tampa Bay Rowdies 24 5
24 United States Brian Fekete (1991-04-26) April 26, 1991 (age 23) United States GPS Portland Phoenix 7 -
25 Senegal Oumar Diakhite (1993-12-09) December 9, 1993 (age 20) United States Orlando City U-23 1 -
29 United States Kevin Ellis (1991-06-30) June 30, 1991 (age 23) United States Sporting Kansas City 4 -
Midfielders
3 United States Jonathan Mendoza (1990-01-26) January 26, 1990 (age 24) United States Orlando City U-23 17 -
4 United States Ian Fuller (1979-08-31) August 31, 1979 (age 35) United States Charleston Battery* 8 -
6 Wales Anthony Pulis (1984-07-21) July 21, 1984 (age 30) England Aldershot Town F.C. 17 1
10 Senegal Adama Mbengue (1993-12-01) December 1, 1993 (age 20) United States Orlando City U-23 14 -
12 United States Christian Duke (1991-06-05) June 5, 1991 (age 23) United States Sporting Kansas City 20 1
16 United States Freddie Braun (1988-05-13) May 13, 1988 (age 26) United States Portland Timbers 20 2
17 Republic of Ireland James O'Connor (1979-09-01) September 1, 1979 (age 35) England Sheffield Wednesday F.C. 19 -
18 Trinidad and Tobago Kevin Molino (1990-06-17) June 17, 1990 (age 24) Trinidad and Tobago Ma Pau SC 16 2
20 Haiti Jean Alexandre (1986-08-24) August 24, 1986 (age 28) United States San Jose Earthquakes 10 2
Forwards
9 England Dom Dwyer (1990-07-30) July 30, 1990 (age 24) United States Sporting Kansas City 13 15
15 United States Dennis Chin (1987-06-04) June 4, 1987 (age 27) United States Central Florida Kraze 25 4
23 China Long Tan (1988-04-01) April 1, 1988 (age 26) United States D.C. United 23 2
28 United States C. J. Sapong (1988-12-27) December 27, 1988 (age 25) United States Sporting Kansas City 5 1
77 United States Jamie Watson (1986-04-10) April 10, 1986 (age 28) United States Wilmington Hammerheads* 20 10

* = Denotes players who were retained after the move of the Austin Aztex FC organization to form Orlando City S.C.
† = Denotes players on loan through USL Pro-MLS Reserve League alliance
‡ = Retired as of May 30[14]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Out[edit]

Loan In[edit]

Loan Out[edit]

Media[edit]

For the 2013 season, all matches will stream live on the USL Nation website using the stadium feed. Occasional matches will appear on Bright House Sports Network, with USL Nation using that feed when available. Some home matches can be heard on the radio as well, either 740 the Game or 102.5/107.7-HD2 WLOQ.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Season count includes USL Pro regular season and postseason, I-4 Derby, Pro Soccer Classic, US Open Cup, and summer friendlies.
  2. ^ League count is only USL Pro regular season and postseason
  3. ^ http://www.orlandocitysoccer.com/news/teamnews/?article_id=1141
  4. ^ http://www.orlandocitysoccer.com/news/teamnews/?article_id=1142
  5. ^ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=449546425103651&set=a.131919370199693.21937.124891880902442&type=1&relevant_count=1
  6. ^ http://www.orlandocitysoccer.com/news/teamnews/?article_id=1167
  7. ^ http://www.orlandocitysoccer.com/news/?article_id=1176
  8. ^ a b c d e http://www.orlandocitysoccer.com/news/?article_id=1238
  9. ^ a b c d e http://www.sportingkc.com/news/2013/03/sporting-kc-agrees-loan-four-players-usl-pro-affiliate-orlando-city-sc
  10. ^ http://www.orlandocitysoccer.com/news/?article_id=1193
  11. ^ http://a-leaguearchive.tripod.com/1990/1990asl.htm
  12. ^ Watson, Chin and Gallardo, among others, returning for 2013 (November 7, 2012).
  13. ^ Pro Roster on OrlandoCitySoccer.com.
  14. ^ a b "Kieron Bernard Retires". Orlando City. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  15. ^ Wayne Rooney's brother John joins Barnsley (25 October 2012). BBC Sports.
  16. ^ Barnsley move for Wayne Rooney's brother John on hold (17 October 2012). BBC Sports.
  17. ^ "SPORTING KC SIGNS ORLANDO DEFENDER JEROME MECHACK". Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  18. ^ http://www.orlandocitysoccer.com/news/pronews/?article_id=1448
  19. ^ http://www.orlandocitysoccer.com/news/pronews/?article_id=1442
  20. ^ Austin, Kurt. "Sporting Kansas City loans forward Dom Dwyer to Orlando City SC for USL PRO Championship". Sportingkc.com. Sporting Kansas City. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  21. ^ http://www.orlandocitysoccer.com/news/pronews/?article_id=1440
  22. ^ a b http://www.orlandocitysoccer.com/news/pronews/?article_id=1473
  23. ^ http://www.orlandocitysoccer.com/news/pronews/?article_id=1478