Orlando City U-23

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Orlando City U-23
Full name Orlando City Under-23s
Founded 1998 (as Central Florida Lionhearts)
Stadium Seminole Soccer Complex (Sanford)
Lake Mary, Florida
Ground Capacity 3,666
Owner England Phil Rawlins
Head Coach England Paul Shaw
League USL Premier Development League
2014 5th, Southeast
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club home page
Current season

Orlando City U-23 is an American soccer team based in Lake Mary, Florida, United States. Founded in 1998, the team plays in the USL Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Southeast Division of the Southern Conference. The team is part of the Orlando City Soccer Club youth development system,[1] and play the majority of their home games at Seminole Soccer Complex (Sanford) in nearby Lake Mary, Florida.

The team's colors as the Kraze were blue, white and red, while they also occasionally wore forest green.

History[edit]

The team was known as the Central Florida Lionhearts during their first year of existence. From 1999 to 2011, it was known as the Central Florida Kraze.

On November 30, 2011, Orlando City Soccer Club announced that it has purchased controlling interest in the Kraze, and would rename the club Orlando City U-23.[2] The team also acquired a different youth club, Florida Soccer Alliance, and integrated them as Orlando City Youth Club to create a European-style development system.[3]

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of May 22, 2014

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

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Cody Uzcategui[4]
3 United States DF Javier Clavijo[5]
4 England FW Tosan Popo[6]
5 United States MF Noah Franke[5]
6 United States MF Daniel Johnson[5]
8 United States MF Andrew Brody[5]
9 Jamaica FW Romario Williams[6]
10 England MF Paul Clowes[4]
11 El Salvador MF Romilio Hernandez[5]
14 Brazil DF Diogo Silva Quirino[6]
16 United States DF Skyler Russell[5]
17 England FW Tyler Blackwood[4]
No. Position Player
18 United States FW Alex Morrell[5]
20 Norway DF Eirik Bjoernoe[6]
21 United States GK Tomas Gomez[4]
22 United States DF Michael Millay[4]
24 Venezuela MF Omar Djabi[6]
25 Brazil FW Lucas Diniz[6]
- United States DF Ian Svantesson[4]
- United States DF Andrew Clare[4]
- Netherlands DF Daan Brinkman[6]
- Brazil MF Victor Augusto Souto[6]
- United States FW Nico Rittmeyer[5]

Notable former players[edit]

This list of notable former players comprises players who went on to play professional soccer after playing for the team in the Premier Development League, or those who previously played professionally before joining the team.

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
1998 4 USISL PDSL 6th, Southeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
1999 4 USL PDL 3rd, Southeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2000 4 USL PDL 4th, Southeast Did not qualify 1st Round
2001 4 USL PDL 4th, Southeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2002 4 USL PDL 3rd, Southeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2003 4 USL PDL 2nd, Southeast Conference Semifinals Did not qualify
2004 4 USL PDL 1st, Southeast PDL Champions Did not qualify
2005 4 USL PDL 2nd, Southeast Conference Semifinals Did not qualify
2006 4 USL PDL 2nd, Southeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2007 4 USL PDL 2nd, Southeast Conference Semifinals 1st Round
2008 4 USL PDL 1st, Southeast Conference Semifinals Did not qualify
2009 4 USL PDL 6th, Southeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2010 4 USL PDL 4th, Southeast Did not qualify 1st Round
2011 4 USL PDL 2nd, Southeast Conference Semifinals 1st Round
2012 4 USL PDL 2nd, Southeast Semifinals 1st Round
2013 4 USL PDL 3rd, Southeast Did not qualify 1st Round
2014 4 USL PDL 5th, Southeast Did not qualify Did not qualify

Honors[edit]

  • USL PDL Southern Conference Champions 2012
  • USL PDL Southeast Division Champions 2008
  • USL PDL Champions 2004
  • USL PDL Southern Conference Champions 2004
  • USL PDL Southeast Division Champions 2004

Head coaches[edit]

Stadium[edit]

Average attendance[edit]

Attendance stats are calculated by averaging each team's self-reported home attendances from the historical match archive at http://www.uslsoccer.com/history/index_E.html.

  • 2005: 308
  • 2006: 271
  • 2007: 451 (8th in PDL)
  • 2008: 358
  • 2009: 261
  • 2010: 333

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fla. youth giants merge as Central Florida Kraze/Krush joins with Orlando City (1 March 2012). nationalsoccerwire.com.
  2. ^ Orlando City acquires Central Florida Kraze (30 November 2011). News release from OrlandoCitySoccer.com.
  3. ^ Orlando City acquires controlling interest in Seminole Soccer Complex & FSA youth club (12 December 2011). News release from OrlandoCitySoccer.com.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g [1] (13 May 2014).
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h [2] (22 May 2014).
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h [3] (15 May 2014).
  7. ^ Orlando City names Paul Shaw as U23 Head Coach

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