2014 Orlando City S.C. season

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Orlando City
2014 season
President Phil Rawlins
Manager Adrian Heath
Stadium Hess Field 17, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
USL Pro 1st
USL Pro Playoffs QF
U.S. Open Cup 4th round
WDW Pro Soccer Classic T-3rd
Top goalscorer League: Kevin Molino (20)
All: Kevin Molino (25)
Highest home attendance 5,029 vs
LA Galaxy II (June 28)
vs Charlotte (Aug. 2)
vs Harrisburg (Aug. 16)
Lowest home attendance 4,206 vs
OC Blues (June 11)
Average home league attendance 4,743
Home colors
Away colors
Third colors

The 2014 Orlando City Soccer Club season was the club's fourth season of existence in Orlando, and their final season before the team was elevated to Major League Soccer. The team entered the season as the defending USL Pro champions, beating Charlotte Eagles in the Championship Game after finishing second in the regular season.

Background[edit]

On November 19, 2013, it was announced that Orlando City would be the next expansion franchise in Major League Soccer, the league's 21st team, to begin play in 2015.[1] The announcement was made at Church Street Station in downtown Orlando, in the old Cheyenne Saloon, and was attended by an overflow crowd estimated by the Orlando Police Department at around 4,000. This made 2014 their final season in USL Pro.

Manager Adrian Heath said that the construction of the team for the 2014 season will be centered around getting players who can potentially move up with the team in 2015.[2] As a result, he allowed several player contracts to lapse, only keeping a handful of vital personnel. He also signed goalkeeper Carl Woszczynski away from Los Angeles Blues, to play behind starting goalkeeper and team captain Miguel Gallardo.

Orlando City continued their affiliation with Sporting Kansas City through the MLS-USL Pro development alliance for the 2014 season. For the season, Sporting began transitioning their affiliation to Oklahoma City Energy FC, and would split their transfers between the two clubs before making Oklahoma City their sole affiliate in 2015.[3]

The day before the MLS announcement, Orlando City and Orlando Health announced that the hospital system had signed a multi-year sponsorship contract which would make Orlando Health the team's presenting sponsor for its final USL Pro season, and going into MLS.[4]

On June 3, 2014, Phil Rawlins sold Orlando City's USL Pro franchise license to minority owner Wayne Estopinal. While Orlando City moves on to MLS, the remaining USL Pro team will move to Louisville, Kentucky, in 2015 and become Louisville City FC. The team will maintain Orlando City's MLS colors. At the same time, James O'Connor retired as a player to become Louisville City's manager.

With the Citrus Bowl under construction, and their new stadium planned to open in 2016, Orlando City moved their games to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. They played at Field 17 in the Hess Sports Fields, where they invested to expand its capacity to 5,300.[5]

Competitions[edit]

Friendlies[edit]

WDW Pro Soccer Classic[edit]

The team announced on December 5, 2013, that they would return to the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic.[6]

I-4 Derby[edit]

Main article: I-4 Derby

USL Pro[edit]

Further information: 2014 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
28 19 5 4 56 24 +32 62 13 1 0 39 8 +31 6 4 4 17 16 +1

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 27 28
Ground A H H H A A H A A A H H H H A H A H A A H A H A A H A H
Result D D W W W W W W D W W W W W W W L W D L W L W L W W D W

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 Orlando City (CC) 28 19 5 4 56 24 +32 62 Commissioner's Cup, Playoffs
2 Sacramento Republic FC (A) 28 17 4 7 49 28 +21 55 Playoffs
3 LA Galaxy II (A) 28 15 6 7 54 38 +16 51
4 Richmond Kickers (A) 28 13 12 3 53 28 +25 51
5 Charleston Battery (A) 28 11 8 9 36 31 +5 41
6 Rochester Rhinos (A) 28 10 8 10 29 25 +4 38
7 Wilmington Hammerheads (A) 28 9 11 8 35 33 +2 38
8 Harrisburg City Islanders (A) 28 10 7 11 45 46 −1 37
9 Arizona United SC 28 10 5 13 32 47 −15 033
10 Oklahoma City Energy FC 28 9 5 14 32 37 −5 32
11 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 28 9 5 14 35 49 −14 32
12 Charlotte Eagles 28 9 4 15 33 40 −7 31
13 Orange County Blues FC 28 9 1 18 31 54 −23 28
14 Dayton Dutch Lions 28 6 4 18 28 63 −35 22

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.
Standings updated as of September 7, 2014
Arizona was deducted two points for fielding an ineligible player on June 21 against LA Galaxy II.[7][8]


USL Pro Playoffs[edit]

Further information: 2014 USL Pro Playoffs
Quarter-Finals Semi-Finals USL PRO Championship
                 
1 Orlando City 0
8 Harrisburg City Islanders 1
8 Harrisburg City Islanders
4 Richmond Kickers
4 Richmond Kickers (a.e.t.) 2
5 Charleston Battery 1
 
 
2 Sacramento Republic 4
7 Wilmington Hammerheads 1
2 Sacramento Republic
3 LA Galaxy II
3 LA Galaxy II 2
6 Rochester Rhinos 1

U.S. Open Cup[edit]

Further information: 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

Orlando City entered the U.S. Open Cup in the second round.

Club[edit]

Roster[edit]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Gallardo, MiguelMiguel Gallardo (captain)     Mexico
2 Defender Turner, TylerTyler Turner      United States
3 Defender Rusin, BradBrad Rusin      United States
4 Defender Redding, TommyTommy Redding      United States
5 Defender Ramos, RafaelRafael Ramos      United States
6 Midfielder Pulis, AnthonyAnthony Pulis      Wales
8 Midfielder Mbengue, AdamaAdama Mbengue      Senegal
9 Forward Gentile, GiuseppeGiuseppe Gentile      United States
11 Forward Hertzog, CoreyCorey Hertzog      United States
12 Midfielder Heath, HarrisonHarrison Heath      England
13 Midfielder da Luz, AustinAustin da Luz      United States
14 Defender Boden, LukeLuke Boden      England
15 Forward Chin, DennisDennis Chin      United States
16 Midfielder Quinn, AodhanAodhan Quinn      United States
17 Midfielder Ceren, DarwinDarwin Ceren      El Salvador
18 Midfielder Molino, KevinKevin Molino      Trinidad and Tobago
19 Defender Jean Jacques, BitieloBitielo Jean Jacques      Haiti
21 Goalkeeper Woszczynski, CarlCarl Woszczynski      United States
22 Defender Valentino, RobRob Valentino      United States
23 Defender Clark, JustinJustin Clark      United States
24 Midfielder Estrela, Estrela      Angola
25 Midfielder Christianson, IanIan Christianson      United States
26 Goalkeeper Díaz, RafaelRafael Díaz      United States
27 Midfielder Span, BrianBrian Span (on loan from FC Dallas)     United States

Squad information[edit]

No. Nat. Player Birthday Previous club 2014 USL Pro appearances 2014 USL Pro goals
Goalkeepers
1 Mexico Miguel Gallardo (1984-10-24) October 24, 1984 (age 29) United States Austin Lightning 24 -
21 United States Carl Woszczynski (1988-04-18) April 18, 1988 (age 26) United States Los Angeles Blues 4 -
26 United States Rafael Díaz (1991-10-08) October 8, 1991 (age 22) United States St. John's University - -
Defenders
2 United States Tyler Turner (1996-03-04) March 4, 1996 (age 18) United States IMG Academy Bradenton 23 1
3 United States Brad Rusin (1986-09-05) September 5, 1986 (age 28) Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC 23 2
4 United States Tommy Redding (1997-01-24) January 24, 1997 (age 17) United States FC America 15 -
5 Portugal Rafael Ramos (1995-01-09) January 9, 1995 (age 19) Portugal S.L. Benfica Juniors U-19 4 1
7 United States Bryan Burke (1989-01-03) January 3, 1989 (age 25) United States Los Angeles Blues 7 -
14 England Luke Boden (1988-11-26) November 26, 1988 (age 25) England Sheffield Wednesday F.C. 23 2
19 Haiti Bitielo Jean Jacques (1990-12-28) December 28, 1990 (age 23) United States VSI Tampa Bay FC 7 -
22 United States Rob Valentino (1985-12-21) December 21, 1985 (age 28) United States Tampa Bay Rowdies 19 1
23 United States Justin Clark (1988-10-17) October 17, 1988 (age 25) United States Rollins College 13 -
Midfielders
6 Wales Anthony Pulis (1984-07-21) July 21, 1984 (age 30) England Aldershot Town F.C. 12 1
8 Senegal Adama Mbengue (1993-12-01) December 1, 1993 (age 20) United States Orlando City U-23 27 3
10 Cuba Yordany Álvarez# (1985-05-24) May 24, 1985 (age 29) United States Real Salt Lake 13 1
12 England Harrison Heath (1996-04-16) April 16, 1996 (age 18) England Norwich City U-18 7 -
13 United States Austin da Luz (1987-10-09) October 9, 1987 (age 26) United States Carolina RailHawks 18 5
16 United States Aodhan Quinn (1992-03-22) March 22, 1992 (age 22) United States Philadelphia Union 16 -
17 El Salvador Darwin Ceren (1989-12-31) December 31, 1989 (age 24) El Salvador Juventud Independiente 23 2
18 Trinidad and Tobago Kevin Molino (1990-06-17) June 17, 1990 (age 24) Trinidad and Tobago Ma Pau SC 27 20
20 United States Mikey Lopez (1993-02-20) February 20, 1993 (age 21) United States Sporting Kansas City 9 -
24 Republic of Ireland James O'Connor# (1979-09-01) September 1, 1979 (age 35) England Sheffield Wednesday F.C. 1 -
24 Angola Estrela (1995-09-22) September 22, 1995 (age 18) Portugal S.L. Benfica Juniors U-19 5 1
25 United States Ian Christianson (1991-03-06) March 6, 1991 (age 23) United States New York Red Bulls 3 -
27 United States Brian Span (1992-02-23) February 23, 1992 (age 22) United States FC Dallas 19 1
Forwards
9 United States Giuseppe Gentile (1992-10-18) October 18, 1992 (age 21) United States Chicago Fire 11 2
15 United States Dennis Chin (1987-06-04) June 4, 1987 (age 27) United States Central Florida Kraze 26 5
11 United States Corey Hertzog (1990-08-01) August 1, 1990 (age 24) Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC 21 4

† = Denotes players on loan through USL Pro-MLS Reserve League alliance
# = Denotes players who retired during the season

Preseason Trialists[edit]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Out[edit]

Loan In[edit]

Loan Out[edit]

  • Brazil Kaká, loaned out for six months to São Paulo, his hometown club. Kaka will then start play with Orlando City on January 1, 2015 in preparation for the Club’s inaugural MLS season.[10]

Media[edit]

For the 2014 season, all matches will stream live on YouTube. The team's webcasts in 2014 are produced with assistance from the ESPN Innovation Lab.[23] Occasional matches will appear on Bright House Sports Network. 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. ^ http://orlandocitysoccer.com/news/pronews/?article_id=1655
  2. ^ http://orlandocitysoccer.com/news/pronews/?article_id=1647
  3. ^ http://newsok.com/oklahoma-city-energy-fc-has-new-coach-affiliation-with-sporting-kansas-city/article/3916501
  4. ^ http://orlandocitysoccer.com/news/pronews/?article_id=1653
  5. ^ http://orlandocitysoccer.com/news/pronews/?article_id=1643
  6. ^ http://orlandocitysoccer.com/news/pronews/?article_id=1668
  7. ^ "Arizona United SC deducted two league points". Arizona United SC. July 26, 2014. Retrieved July 26, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Arizona United SC Deducted 2 Points". United Soccer Leagues (USL). July 26, 2014. Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  9. ^ http://www.orlandocitysoccer.com/news/?article_id=1769
  10. ^ a b "ORLANDO CITY SIGNS BRAZILIAN SUPERSTAR KAKA". OrlandoCitySoccer.com. Orlando City SC. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  11. ^ http://uslpro.uslsoccer.com/home/823021.html
  12. ^ http://orlandocitysc.com/news/pronews/?article_id=1965
  13. ^ a b http://www.orlandocitysc.com/news/pronews/?article_id=1989
  14. ^ "ORLANDO CITY SC MIDFIELDER JAMIE WATSON TRANSFERS TO MINNESOTA UNITED F.C.". Orlandocitysoccer.com. Orlando City S.C. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  15. ^ "ORLANDO CITY TRANSFERS DEFENDER JOSEPH TOBY". Orlandocitysoccer.com. Orlando City S.C. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  16. ^ http://www.orlandocitysc.com/news/?article_id=1890
  17. ^ http://orlandocitysoccer.com/news/pronews/?article_id=1695
  18. ^ http://www.orlandocitysc.com/news/?article_id=2020
  19. ^ http://orlandocitysoccer.com/news/?article_id=1766
  20. ^ http://www.orlandocitysoccer.com/news/?article_id=1785
  21. ^ http://soccerly.com/article/roughnecks77/brian-span-happy-to-return-to-fc-dallas
  22. ^ http://orlandocitysc.com/news/pronews/?article_id=1975
  23. ^ http://www.uslsoccer.com/home/781051.html