2011 Orlando City SC season

The 2011 Orlando City SC season, marked the club's first season in existence, and their first year in the third-tier USL Pro League. Previously, the club was known as the Austin Aztex FC before they were relocated to Orlando, Florida. They won a double, winning the Commissioner's Cup as the top team in the league's regular season, and winning the USL Pro Championship.

Orlando City
2011 season
Owners Brendan Flood
Phil Rawlins
Head Coach Adrian Heath
StadiumCitrus Bowl
USL ProCommissioner's Cup
USL Pro Championship
PlayoffsChampions
U.S. Open Cup3rd round
WDW Pro Soccer Classic3rd
Top goalscorerLeague:
Griffin (11)

All:
Griffin (12)
Highest home attendance11,220 vs Harrisburg City Islanders September 3, 2011
Lowest home attendance1,321 vs Charleston Battery August 3, 2011
Average home league attendance6,021 (including playoffs)

Match results

  Win   Tie   Loss

Friendlies

Orlando City's 2011 pre-season started with three games against Major League Soccer ("MLS") clubs. It won its first match, a 1–0 result against Philadelphia Union at the Citrus Bowl, with then-trainee Lewis Neal scoring the team's first goal. It also played a 4-team classic at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, drawing FC Dallas for its first match on February 24, a 0–1 loss. On February 26 they won again, this time against Toronto FC, a result of 1–0. This marked the club's second victory. Orlando City got the opportunity to play Swedish First Division side BK Häcken in a friendly at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on March 5. City played a hard-fought game, as the game ended in a 2–3 loss.

After playing the MLS teams, Orlando City then played a series of games against Florida college teams. They played Division II runner-up Rollins College Tars on March 16 at the Cahall-Sandspur Field and Barker Family Stadium in Winter Park resulting in a 3–1 victory. They followed this game with a 5–1 victory over Division I University of Central Florida Knights at the UCF Track and Soccer Complex in Orlando. Orlando City played on March 22 against Division I Stetson University Hatters in DeLand, FL, and the final pre-season game was on March 26 against Division I University of South Florida Bulls at the USF Soccer Stadium in Tampa.

Orlando City scheduled mid-season friendlies with two clubs from the Premier League, Bolton Wanderers and Newcastle United.

USL Pro

Following a season-opening road loss to Richmond Kickers, Orlando City went on an 11-match undefeated run, closing the first half with a record of 8–1–3. Goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo had a league-high eleven clean sheets. The Lions finished with a 15–3–6 record, winning the 2011 Commissioner's Cup and home-field advantage throughout the USL Pro Playoffs.

  • The Puerto Rico Soccer League teams (Sevilla FC Puerto Rico, River Plate Puerto Rico and Puerto Rico United) withdrew from USL Pro competition on May 9, 2011. Games played before then counted toward standings, but games scheduled thereafter were rescheduled with other teams. This affected two games for Orlando City: a June 24 away date against River Plate (rescheduled to Antigua), and a June 29 home date against Sevilla (rescheduled to August 3 vs Charleston).[1][2]

USL Pro Playoffs

2011 U.S. Open Cup

Orlando City did not give up a goal in its first 217 minutes of U.S. Open Cup competition in 2011, beating ASC New Stars of the USASA Houston Football Association in the first round, and Charleston Battery of USL Pro in the second round. After taking an early lead in its third round match against FC Dallas, a rematch from the WDW Pro Soccer Classic, Dallas scored twice and looked to cruise to the fourth round. Yordany Álvarez stunned Dallas keeper Kevin Hartman with a late equalizer in second half stoppage time, but a barrage of quick attempts on the restart led to a Milton Rodríguez game-winner right before the end of play to eliminate the Lions from the Open Cup.

Club

Roster

Final roster as of August 4, 2011.[4]

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

No. Position Player
1 GK Miguel Gallardo
2 DF Mechack Jérôme
3 DF Demar Stewart
4 MF Ian Fuller
5 DF Kieron Bernard
6 DF Jack Traynor
7 MF Justin Fojo
8 MF Erik Ustruck
9 FW Devorn Jorsling
10 MF Yordany Álvarez
11 FW Maxwell Griffin
No. Position Player
13 MF Lawrence Olum
14 MF Luke Boden
15 FW Dennis Chin
16 DF Wes Allen
18 MF Kevin Molino
21 GK Sean Kelley
22 DF Rob Valentino
23 MF Charlie Campbell
24 MF Lewis Neal
77 FW Jamie Watson

Squad information

No.Nat.PlayerBirthdayPrevious clubPro USL† appearancesPro USL† goals
Goalkeepers
1Miguel Gallardo (1984-10-24) October 24, 1984 Austin Lightning*630
21Sean Kelley (1988-04-18) April 18, 1988 Northern Virginia Royals*20
Defenders
2Mechack Jérôme (1990-04-21) April 21, 1990 S.C. Mirandela*90
3Demar Stewart (1984-12-15) December 15, 1984 Sheffield United F.C.112
5Kieron Bernard (1985-08-02) August 2, 1985 Austin Aztex U23*411
6Jack Traynor (1987-03-17) March 17, 1987 AC St. Louis340
16Wes Allen (1986-09-17) September 17, 1986 Austin Aztex U23*230
22Rob Valentino (1985-12-21) December 21, 1985 FC Tampa Bay431
Midfielders
4Ian Fuller (1979-08-31) August 31, 1979 Charleston Battery*14215
7Justin Fojo (1988-12-07) December 7, 1988 College of Charleston20
8Erik Ustruck (1985-01-04) January 4, 1985 FC Tampa Bay210
10Yordany Álvarez (1985-05-24) May 24, 1985 FC Cienfuegos*536
13Lawrence Olum (1984-07-10) July 10, 1984 Minnesota Thunder*10614
14Luke Boden (1988-11-26) November 26, 1988 Sheffield Wednesday F.C.142
18Kevin Molino (1990-06-17) June 17, 1990 Ma Pau SC112
23Charlie Campbell (1988-01-05) January 5, 1988 Louisville Cardinals50
24Lewis Neal (1981-07-14) July 14, 1981 Shrewsbury Town F.C.136
Strikers
9Devorn Jorsling (1983-12-27) December 27, 1983 Defence Force F.C.133
11Maxwell Griffin (1987-09-17) September 17, 1987 Los Angeles Legends*4919
15Dennis Chin (1987-06-04) June 4, 1987 Central Florida Kraze43
77Jamie Watson (1986-04-10) April 10, 1986 Wilmington Hammerheads*6024

† = "Pro USL" means leagues with professional USL teams, meaning USL First Division and its predecessors (through 2009), USL Second Division (through 2010) and the USSF Division 2 Professional League (2010).

* = Denotes players who were retained after the move of the Austin Aztex FC organization to form Orlando City S.C.

Loans

Michael Tetteh was loaned to Orlando City on June 29, 2011[5] on a 10-day contract and returned to Seattle by July 12.[6]

Matt Luzunaris was loaned to Orlando City before July 16, 2011 game against Rochester for an unspecified time period and with San Jose reserving the right to recall.[7] Luzunaris scored goals in his first two games playing for City, against Rochester[8] and English Premier League team Bolton[9] Luzunaris was recalled by San Jose on August 2.[10]

Following the season, Yordany Álvarez was loaned to Real Salt Lake, and Maxwell Griffin was loaned to San Jose Earthquakes. Both loans lasted to the end of the 2011 Major League Soccer season. Since they occurred at the MLS roster deadline, both players were eligible for the MLS playoffs. In addition, Lawrence Olum left on free transfer, as his contract ended, and was signed by Sporting Kansas City.[11]

Players on trial

List according to roster provided for the 2011 Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic.

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

No. Position Player
19 MF Phillip Jackson
20 DF José Burciaga, Jr.
23 MF Frankie Lopez

Personnel

Coaching staff

Position Staff
General Managervacant
Head Coach Adrian Heath
Assistant Coach Ian Fuller
Goalkeepers Coach Marcos Machado

Updated to match played February 13, 2011
Source: Orlando City S.C.

Management

Majority Owner & President Phil Rawlins
Minority Owners Brendan Flood
Gary Mellor
Director of Operations Alex Wolf
Director of Communications Adam Soucie
Director of Community Relations Kay Rawlins
Director of Camps and Clinics Brian Pederson
Ground (capacity and dimensions) Citrus Bowl (70,000 / 104.2x67.7 meters)

Updated to match played February 13, 2011
Source: Orlando City S.C.

Standings

American Division

Pos Team Pld W T L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Orlando City SC (C) 24 15 6 3 36 16 +20 51 2011 USL Pro Commissioner's Cup, 2011 USL Pro Playoffs
2 Wilmington Hammerheads (A) 24 14 3 7 42 30 +12 45 2011 USL Pro Playoffs[lower-alpha 1]
3 Richmond Kickers (A) 24 12 5 7 35 21 +14 41
4 Charleston Battery (A) 24 10 5 9 24 25 1 35
5 Charlotte Eagles 24 9 6 9 32 29 +3 33
6 Antigua Barracuda 24 9 2 13 32 32 0 29
Source: USL Pro official standings
Rules for classification: Points, then tiebreak: 1) Head-to-head record based on total points in League games, 2) Total wins in League games, 3) Goal difference in League games, 4) Goals scored in League games, etc.[12].
(A) Advances to USL Pro Playoffs; (C) Commissioner's Cup (best regular season record).
Notes:
  1. The top four clubs in each division are guaranteed spots in the 2011 USL Pro Playoffs.

References

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  4. "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". Uslsoccer.com. Archived from the original on March 21, 2012. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  5. Public, Sounders FC. "Rookie Michael Tetteh Loaned to Orlando City – Seattle Sounders Football Club". Soundersfc.com. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  6. Mayers, Joshua (July 12, 2011). "Tetteh: "I think I've made huge strides. I know I will make it, and to make it there are always obstacles that come."". Seattle Times Sounders FC Blog. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  7. Jeff Radcliffe (July 15, 2011). "Former UCF Knight Luzunaris Joins Orlando City on Loan". Archived from the original on July 28, 2012. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  8. Orlando City Soccer clinches playoffs with 2–1 win over Rochester.
  9. #BoltonWeek concludes as City falls 3–1 to the Wanderers Archived September 10, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. "Matt Luzunaris recalled by San Jose". Orlandocitysoccer.com. Archived from the original on March 14, 2012. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  11. "Orlando City Soccer Club: Team News". Orlandocitysoccer.com. September 22, 2011. Archived from the original on April 2, 2012. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  12. See Rule 2.11 League Regulations
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