2013 Orlando City SC season

The 2013 Orlando City Soccer Club season was the club's third season of existence in Orlando. Orlando finished second in the overall regular-season table. They were declared 2013 USL Pro Champions after beating Charlotte Eagles 7–4 in front of 20,886 fans at the Fifth Third Bank Field at the Citrus Bowl.

Orlando City
2013 season
PresidentPhil Rawlins
ManagerAdrian Heath
StadiumFifth Third Bank Field
USL Pro2nd
USL Pro PlayoffsChampions
U.S. Open CupQF
WDW Pro Soccer Classic7th
Top goalscorerLeague:
Dom Dwyer (15)[1]

All:
Dom Dwyer (21)[2]
Highest home attendance10,697
August 11 v. Seattle Res.
20,886
Sept. 7 v. Charlotte (Championship)
Lowest home attendance6,187
June 9 v. Antigua
Average home league attendance8,053

Background

The first set of returning players was announced on November 7, 2012, including Jamie Watson, Miguel Gallardo, Rob Valentino, Anthony Pulis, Mechack Jérôme and Adama Mbengue. Notably not on the player list was captain Ian Fuller, who was only listed in the press release as "assistant head coach". He has been a player/coach the previous two seasons.[3]

The biggest news regarding the fixture was the announcement of a home-and-away series of preseason friendlies with Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League. The teams will play on March 9 in Orlando, and March 30 in St. Petersburg. They could also potentially meet at the 2013 Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic.[4]

In supporter news, the two largest supporters groups—The Ruckus, and the Iron Lion Firm—announced on November 18, 2012, that they were beginning discussions regarding the unification of the team's supporters groups.[5]

Orlando City played a friendly against A.S. Roma of the Italian top-flight league Serie A on January 2, 2013. Roma was in town on a training visit to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Roma won the match, 5–0.[6]

As part of the alliance between Major League Soccer and the United Soccer Leagues, Orlando City agreed to become the USL Pro affiliate club of Sporting Kansas City. They were matched with Seattle Sounders, and will play home and away matches against their reserve squad in the 2013 season.[7] The first loans made by Sporting Kansas City to Orlando City under the arrangement were forward Dom Dwyer, midfielder Christian Duke, defender Yann Songo'o and goalkeeper Jon Kempin.[8][9]

On February 15, 2013, the team announced that Fifth Third Bank had purchased naming rights to the stadium for Orlando City matches. The Citrus Bowl will be called Fifth Third Bank Field at the Citrus Bowl during Orlando City matches.[10]

Competitions

Friendlies

The most important part of the preseason for Orlando City was a local derby with the 2012 North American Soccer League champion Tampa Bay Rowdies. It was the first meeting between minor-league professional soccer teams based in the Greater Orlando and Tampa Bay areas since 1990, when the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Orlando Lions played in the American Professional Soccer League.[11]

The derby, referred to as the I-4 Derby after the road that connects the cities, was won by Orlando City, who took 3–2 victories in both matches, on March 9 in Orlando and March 30 in St. Petersburg. Additionally, the Lions also beat the Rowdies, 2–0, when they met in the 7th place game of the 2013 Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic on February 23.

WDW Pro Soccer Classic

I-4 Derby

USL Pro

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

USL Pro Regular Season

Results summary
OverallHomeAway
PldWDLGFGAGDPtsWDLGFGAGDWDLGFGAGD
26 16 6 4 54 26  +28 54 12 0 2 36 13  +23 4 6 2 18 13  +5

Source: Match reports

Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526
GroundAAHHAHHHAAAHHHHAAHAAHHAHAH
ResultWLWWDWWWWDWWWWLDDWDDWLWWLW
Updated to match(es) played on August 17, 2013. 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 Richmond Kickers (C) 26 15 10 1 51 24 +27 55 Commissioner's Cup, Playoffs
2 Orlando City (A) 26 16 6 4 54 26 +28 54 Playoffs
3 Charleston Battery (A) 26 13 6 7 48 29 +19 45
4 Harrisburg City Islanders (A) 26 14 2 10 55 39 +16 44
5 Charlotte Eagles (A) 26 10 11 5 44 39 +5 41
Source: USL Pro official standings
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(A) Advances to USL Pro Playoffs; (C) Commissioner's Cup (best regular season record).

USL Pro Playoffs

U.S. Open Cup

Qualification for the U.S. Open Cup began in November 2012 in the fifth tier. The format will be similar to the 2012 tournament, but with the two lowest-ranked USL Pro teams and two expansion USL Pro teams starting in the first round, and the remaining USL Pro teams (including Orlando City and NASL teams entering in the second round. On June 12, Orlando City reached the Quarterfinals, the farthest round ever reached in team history and the farthest USL Pro team in 2013, guaranteeing a $15,000 prize.

Club

Roster

Players which have been announced as re-signed with Orlando or for which Orlando exercised an option to retain.[12][13]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo  Mexico
3 Midfielder Jonathan Mendoza  United States
4 Midfielder Ian Fuller (captain)  United States
5 Defender Kieron Bernard (Retired as of May 30[14])  Jamaica
6 Midfielder Anthony Pulis  Wales
7 Midfielder Bryan Burke  United States
8 Defender Erik Ustruck  United States
10 Midfielder Adama Mbengue  Senegal
12 Midfielder Christian Duke  United States
13 Defender Justin Clark  United States
14 Midfielder Luke Boden  England
15 Forward Dennis Chin  United States
16 Midfielder Freddie Braun  United States
17 Midfielder James O'Connor  Ireland
18 Midfielder Kevin Molino  Trinidad and Tobago
20 Midfielder Jean Alexandre  Haiti
21 Goalkeeper Jon Kempin  United States
22 Defender Rob Valentino  United States
23 Forward Long Tan  China
24 Defender Brian Fekete  United States
25 Defender Oumar Diakhite  Senegal
28 Forward C. J. Sapong  United States
29 Defender Kevin Ellis  United States
30 Goalkeeper Sean Kelley  United States
77 Forward Jamie Watson  United States

Squad information

No.Nat.PlayerBirthdayPrevious club2013 USL Pro appearances2013 USL Pro goals
Goalkeepers
1Miguel Gallardo (1984-10-24) October 24, 1984 Austin Lightning*15
21Jon Kempin (1993-04-08) April 8, 1993 Sporting Kansas City9
30Sean Kelley (1988-04-18) April 18, 1988 Northern Virginia Royals*5
Defenders
2Yann Songo'o (1991-11-19) November 19, 1991 Sporting Kansas City122
5Kieron Bernard (1985-08-02) August 2, 1985 Austin Aztex U23*00
5Renan Boufleur (1990-01-04) January 4, 1990 Phoenix FC132
7Bryan Burke (1989-01-03) January 3, 1989 Los Angeles Blues*161
8Erik Ustruck (1985-01-04) January 4, 1985 FC Tampa Bay121
13Justin Clark (1988-10-17) October 17, 1988 Rollins College6
14Luke Boden (1988-11-26) November 26, 1988 Sheffield Wednesday F.C.24
22Rob Valentino (1985-12-21) December 21, 1985 Tampa Bay Rowdies245
24Brian Fekete (1991-04-26) April 26, 1991 GPS Portland Phoenix7
25Oumar Diakhite (1993-12-09) December 9, 1993 Orlando City U-231
29Kevin Ellis (1991-06-30) June 30, 1991 Sporting Kansas City4
Midfielders
3Jonathan Mendoza (1990-01-26) January 26, 1990 Orlando City U-2317
4Ian Fuller (1979-08-31) August 31, 1979 Charleston Battery*8
6Anthony Pulis (1984-07-21) July 21, 1984 Aldershot Town F.C.171
10Adama Mbengue (1993-12-01) December 1, 1993 Orlando City U-2314
12Christian Duke (1991-06-05) June 5, 1991 Sporting Kansas City201
16Freddie Braun (1988-05-13) May 13, 1988 Portland Timbers202
17James O'Connor (1979-09-01) September 1, 1979 Sheffield Wednesday F.C.19
18Kevin Molino (1990-06-17) June 17, 1990 Ma Pau SC162
20Jean Alexandre (1986-08-24) August 24, 1986 San Jose Earthquakes102
Forwards
9Dom Dwyer (1990-07-30) July 30, 1990 Sporting Kansas City1315
15Dennis Chin (1987-06-04) June 4, 1987 Central Florida Kraze254
23Long Tan (1988-04-01) April 1, 1988 D.C. United232
28C. J. Sapong (1988-12-27) December 27, 1988 Sporting Kansas City51
77Jamie Watson (1986-04-10) April 10, 1986 Wilmington Hammerheads*2010

* = Denotes players who were retained after the move of the Austin Aztex FC organization to form Orlando City S.C.
† = Denotes players on loan through USL Pro-MLS Reserve League alliance
‡ = Retired as of May 30[14]

Transfers

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    Loan In

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      Media

      For the 2013 season, all matches will stream live on the USL Nation website using the stadium feed. Occasional matches will appear on Bright House Sports Network, with USL Nation using that feed when available. Some home matches can be heard on the radio as well, either 740 the Game or 102.5/107.7-HD2 WLOQ.

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