Orlando Lions

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For the current Orlando soccer team that uses the nickname "Lions", see Orlando City S.C.

The Orlando Lions was an American soccer team from Orlando, Florida which existed from 1985 to 1996. Over the years, the Lions competed at both the amateur and professional levels including some seasons as an independent team.

The Lions is a nickname that has persisted in the area in connection with later efforts to bring pro soccer to the area. It is used as a nickname for the current Orlando City S.C. team, which has played in the third-tier USL Pro league since 2011.

ASL/APSL[edit]

Founded in 1985, the Orlando Lions joined the third incarnation of the American Soccer League in 1988. The team joined the American Professional Soccer League in 1990 when the ASL merged with the Western Alliance. They merged with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers after the 1990 season. The club played in Orlando, Florida.

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Reg. Season Playoffs Open Cup
1988 N/A ASL 4th, Southern Did not qualify Did not enter
1989 N/A ASL 4th, Southern Did not qualify Did not enter
1990 N/A APSL 3rd, ASL South Did not qualify Did not enter

Yearly average attendance[edit]

  • 1988 - 2,736[1]
  • 1989 - 2,761[2]
  • 1990 - not available

USISL[edit]

The second Orlando Lions were a soccer club based in Orlando, Florida. The team began in the USISL and, in 1995, moved to the USISL Premier League.

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Reg. Season Playoffs Open Cup
1992 N/A USISL 1st, Southeast Sizzling Six Did not enter
1993 N/A USISL 1st, Southeast Final Did not enter
1993/94 N/A USISL Indoor 4th, Southeast Did not qualify N/A
1994 3 USISL 4th, Southeast Divisional Semifinals Did not enter
1994/95 N/A USISL Indoor 3rd, North/South Did not qualify N/A
1995 "4" USISL Premier League 8th, Eastern Did not qualify Did not enter
1995/96 N/A USISL Indoor 2nd, Southeast Did not qualify N/A
1995 "4" USISL Premier League 2nd, Southern Did not qualify Did not enter
1996 4 USISL Premier League 2nd EC Southern unknown Did not enter

Coaches[edit]

Yearly Awards[edit]

USISL MVP

USISL Top Scorer

USISL All-Star

USISL Coach of the Year

References[edit]

  1. ^ Courtesy the A-League Archives, accessed February 5, 2012. Figures added and averaged. One home date out of 10 missing for 1988.
  2. ^ Courtesy the A-League Archives, accessed February 5, 2012. Figures added and averaged.