2012 Orlando City SC season

The 2012 Orlando City SC season was the club's second season of existence. It is City's second consecutive year in the third tier of American soccer, playing in the USL Professional Division for their second season. In the 2011 season, Orlando City won the regular season and the playoffs. As of the 1 March 2012, there are approximately 3,500 season ticket holders for the 2012 season.[1] They ended the season with winning the league title for the second consecutive year, but they lost in the Playoffs to the Wilmington Hammerheads in the Semi-final 3–4.

Orlando City
2012 season
Owners John Bonner
Phil Rawlins
Manager Adrian Heath
StadiumCitrus Bowl
USL Pro1st
USL Pro PlayoffsSemi-Final
U.S. Open CupThird Round
WDW Pro Soccer ClassicGroup Stage
Top goalscorerLeague:
Chin (11)

All:
Chin (12)
Highest home attendance8,932 vs Dayton (August 17)
Lowest home attendance3,506 vs Harrisburg (June 22)
Average home league attendance6,606 (league)
6,904 (all CB matches)

Background

In October 2010, the Orlando Pro Soccer USL rights were purchased by Phil Rawlins, who moved the Austin Aztex organization to Orlando, and the team was announced on October 25, 2010. Rawlins has stated that he intends to bring a Major League Soccer franchise to Orlando "within 3–5 years". Rawlins was able to bring international matches to the city in 2011 when Orlando played English Premier League sides Bolton Wanderers and Newcastle United. Rawlins is President and majority owner and Adrian Heath is the manager.

Competitions

Friendlies

Orlando City originally agreed to play Nottingham Forest F.C. on July 21, 2012. However, this match was canceled when Forest sacked their manager, Steve Cotterill. The team also canceled a friendly with Charleston Battery, forgoing their American tour altogether.

WDW Pro Soccer Classic

USL Pro

All times from this point on Eastern Daylight Time (UTC−04:00)

Results summary

OverallHomeAway
PldWDLGFGAGDPtsWDLGFGAGDWDLGFGAGD
24 17 6 1 50 18  +32 57 8 4 0 27 8  +19 9 2 1 23 10  +13

Last updated: July 27, 2012.
Source: Match reports

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GroundAHAHHAAHHAHHHAAAAHAHHAAH
ResultWWWDWWWDWLWWWDDWWWWDWWWD
Updated to match(es) played on July 14, 2012. Source: Match reports
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Results

Standings

Pos Team Pld W T L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Orlando City SC (C) 24 17 6 1 50 18 +32 57 Commissioner's Cup, Playoffs 1st round bye
2 Rochester Rhinos (A) 24 12 5 7 27 23 +4 41 Playoffs 1st round bye
3 Charleston Battery (A) 24 12 2 10 36 26 +10 38 Playoffs
4 Richmond Kickers (A) 24 11 5 8 31 27 +4 38
5 Wilmington Hammerheads (A) 24 10 7 7 34 32 +2 37
6 Harrisburg City Islanders (A) 24 10 7 7 34 29 +5 37
7 Charlotte Eagles 24 11 3 10 34 26 +8 36
8 Los Angeles Blues 24 9 3 12 26 29 3 30
9 Dayton Dutch Lions 24 4 10 10 20 29 9 22
10 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 24 4 5 15 20 39 19 17
11 Antigua Barracuda 24 5 1 18 16 50 34 16
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.[3]
(A) Advances to USL Pro Playoffs; (C) Commissioner's Cup (best regular season record).

USL Pro Playoffs

U.S. Open Cup

As part of the new format for the U.S. Open Cup in 2012, Orlando City entered with the other U.S.-based teams from USL Pro and the NASL in the second round. The first two rounds were drawn on May 1, 2012, and the third round was drawn on May 16, 2012.

Club

Roster

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo  Mexico
2 Defender Mechack Jérôme  Haiti
3 Midfielder Adama Mbengue  Senegal
4 Midfielder Ian Fuller (captain)  United States
5 Defender Kieron Bernard  Jamaica
6 Midfielder Anthony Pulis  Wales
7 Midfielder Nick Sowers  United States
8 Defender Erik Ustruck  United States
9 Midfielder Rodrigo López  United States
10 Midfielder John Rooney  England
11 Forward Maxwell Griffin  United States
12 Forward Matt Luzunaris  United States
13 Defender Justin Clark  United States
14 Midfielder Luke Boden  England
15 Forward Dennis Chin  United States
16 Defender Wes Allen  United States
17 Midfielder James O'Connor  Ireland
18 Midfielder Kevin Molino  Trinidad and Tobago
20 Defender Kyle Davies  United States
21 Goalkeeper Sean Kelley  United States
22 Defender Rob Valentino  United States
23 Midfielder Charlie Campbell  United States
25 Defender George Davis IV  United States
77 Forward Jamie Watson  United States

Squad information

No.Nat.PlayerBirthdayPrevious club2012 USL Pro appearances2012 USL Pro goals
Goalkeepers
1Miguel Gallardo (1984-10-24) October 24, 1984 Austin Lightning*210
21Sean Kelley (1988-04-18) April 18, 1988 Northern Virginia Royals*40
Defenders
2Mechack Jérôme (1990-04-21) April 21, 1990 S.C. Mirandela*201
5Kieron Bernard (1985-08-02) August 2, 1985 Austin Aztex U23*152
8Erik Ustruck (1985-01-04) January 4, 1985 FC Tampa Bay181
13Justin Clark (1988-10-17) October 17, 1988 Rollins College50
16Wes Allen (1986-09-17) September 17, 1986 Austin Aztex U23*82
20Kyle Davies (1989-04-11) April 11, 1989 Toronto FC160
22Rob Valentino (1985-12-21) December 21, 1985 FC Tampa Bay152
Midfielders
3Adama Mbengue (1993-12-01) December 1, 1993 Orlando City U-23110
4Ian Fuller (1979-08-31) August 31, 1979 Charleston Battery*223
6Anthony Pulis (1984-07-21) July 21, 1984 Aldershot Town F.C.152
7Nick Sowers (1989-01-12) January 12, 1989 Rollins College00
9Rodrigo López (1987-05-10) May 10, 1987 Ventura County Fusion81
10John Rooney (1990-12-17) December 17, 1990 New York Red Bulls92
14Luke Boden (1988-11-26) November 26, 1988 Sheffield Wednesday F.C.210
17James O'Connor (1979-09-01) September 1, 1979 Sheffield Wednesday F.C.210
18Kevin Molino (1990-06-17) June 17, 1990 Ma Pau SC232
23Charlie Campbell (1988-01-05) January 5, 1988 Louisville Cardinals191
Strikers
11Maxwell Griffin (1987-09-17) September 17, 1987 Los Angeles Legends*81
12Matt Luzunaris (1989-03-06) March 6, 1989 San Jose Earthquakes189
15Dennis Chin (1987-06-04) June 4, 1987 Central Florida Kraze2411
77Jamie Watson (1986-04-10) April 10, 1986 Wilmington Hammerheads*235

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

Transfers

In

Out

Loan In

Loan Out

See also

References

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  2. Frings' goal gives Toronto FC 2–2 tie with Orlando City at Disney Classic (25 February 2012). Winnipeg Free Press.
  3. See Rule 2.11 League Regulations
  4. Orlando City signs midfielder John Rooney, younger brother of English standout Wayne Rooney (26 January 2012). Associated Press via the Washington Post.
  5. Orlando City signs Rollins alum Justin Clark (4 April 2012). Press release.
  6. Orlando City signs former US Youth National Team Captain Kyle Davies (5 April 2012). Press release.
  7. USL Pro Champion Orlando City opens title defense on Saturday (6 April 2012). Central Florida News 13.
  8. Orlando City signs Longwood native Nick Sowers (20 April 2012).
  9. Orlando City promotes U23s star Adama Mbengue to pro roster (21 June 2012).
  10. Orlando City Signs Rodrigo Lopez from PDL'S Ventura County (5 July 2012).
  11. Sporting KC signs defender Lawrence Olum (15 September 2011). SportingKC.com.
  12. Cyber Monday Shopping Spree Archived April 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine (28 November 2011). RhinosSoccer.com.
  13. RSL complete Alvarez transfer from Orlando City SC (26 January 2012). MLSsoccer.com.
  14. ‘Warriors’ face U-23s (18 November 2011). Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday.
  15. Caledonia edge Santa Rosa in FA Trophy (15 February 2012). Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday
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  23. We hardly knew you (16 February 2012). Deseret News.
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