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
2013 3rd, Southeast
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club home page
Home colors
Away colors
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 at May 22, 2013[4]

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

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Cody Uzcategui[5][6]
3 England MF Paul Clowes[7][8]
5 United States FW Ian Svantesson[7][9]
6 United States MF Michael Annarumma[7][10]
7 United States MF Tom Skelly*[11][12]
8 Niger MF Itode Fubara[5][13]
9 United States MF Troy Peterson[5][14]
11 Argentina MF Nicolas Russo[5][15]
12 Republic of Ireland MF David Graydon[7][16]
13 United States DF Stewart Abrahart[17][18]
14 United States MF Cole Seiler[5][19]
15 United States DF Kyle Fisher[5][20]
No. Position Player
16 United States DF Andrew Clare[7][21]
17 England FW Tyler Blackwood[5][22]
18 Peru MF Jehov Pardo de Figueroa[7]
19 United States DF Michael Millay[7][23]
20 United States MF Derek McCaffrey[17][24]
21 United States GK Tomas Gomez[17][25]
22 United States DF Evan Greenbaum*[11][26]
24 United States MF Daniel Barboto[17][27]
77 United States MF Ade Akinsanya[17][28]
United States MF Marlon Hairston[17][29]
United States FW Nick Sowers*[11][30]
Mexico FW Omar Vallejo[17][31]

 * These players appeared on a game roster but haven't been announced as signed on the team's website. See footnote for first game in which they appeared.

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

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. ^ See Orlando City U-23 Roster and last game report.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g U23s Announce their First Seven Signing (20 April 2013).
  6. ^ Cody Uzcategui Bio from University of Memphis (gotigersgo.com)
  7. ^ a b c d e f g [http://orlandocitysoccer.com/news/?article_id=1340 U23s Complete Squad with Seven More Signings (10 May 2013).
  8. ^ Paul Clowes Bio from Clemson University (clemsontigers.com)
  9. ^ Ian Svantesson Bio from University of Alabama at Birmingham (uabsports.com)
  10. ^ Mike Annarumma Bio from Hofstra Uuniversity (gohofstra.com)
  11. ^ a b c 2013 US Open Cup First Round VSI Tampa Bay Hanks on to Win in PKs Over Orlando City U-23. TheCup.us.
  12. ^ Tom Skelly Bio from Georgetown University (guhoyas.com)
  13. ^ Itode Fubara Bio from East Tennessee State (etsubucs.com)
  14. ^ Troy Peterson Bio from College of Charleston (CoFCSports.com)
  15. ^ Gringo Report: Russo leaves Boca Juniors for Orlando (18 January 2012). MLSSoccer.com
  16. ^ David Graydon Bio from Saint Louis University (slubillikens.com)
  17. ^ a b c d e f g U23S Add Seven More to Squad (28 April 2013).
  18. ^ Stewart Abrahart Bio from University of Alabama-Birmingham (uabsports.com)
  19. ^ Cole Seiler Bio from Georgetown University (guhoyas.com)
  20. ^ Kyle Fisher Bio from Clemson University (ClemsonTigers.com)
  21. ^ Andrew Clare Bio from University of Tampa (tampaspartans.com)
  22. ^ Tyler Blackwood Bio from University of Tampa (tampaspartans.com)
  23. ^ Michael Millay Bio from University of Cincinnati (gobearcats.com)
  24. ^ Derek McCaffrey Bio from Boston University (goterriers.com)
  25. ^ Tomas Gomez Bio from Georgetown University (guhoyas.com)
  26. ^ Evan Greenbaum Bio from Rollins College (rollinssports.com)
  27. ^ Daniel Barboto Bio from University of Tampa (tampaspartans.com)
  28. ^ Adedaja Akinsanya Bio from University of Louisville (gocards.com)
  29. ^ Marlon Hairston Bio from University of Louisville (gocards.com)
  30. ^ Nick Sowers Bio from Rollins College (rollinssports.com)
  31. ^ Omar Vallejo Bio from University of Central Florida (ucfathletics.com)
  32. ^ Orlando City names Paul Shaw as U23 Head Coach

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