2014 Orlando City SC season

The 2014 Orlando City SC season was the club's fourth season of existence in Orlando, and their final season playing in the lower divisions. A Major League Soccer expansion franchise with the same name began play in 2015. The team entered the season as the defending USL Pro champions, beating Charlotte Eagles in the Championship Game after finishing second in the regular season.

Orlando City
2014 season
PresidentPhil Rawlins
ManagerAdrian Heath
StadiumHess Field 17, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
USL Pro1st
USL Pro PlayoffsQF
U.S. Open Cup4th round
WDW Pro Soccer ClassicT-3rd
Top goalscorerLeague: Kevin Molino (20)
All: Kevin Molino (25)
Highest home attendance5,029 vs
LA Galaxy II (June 28)
vs Charlotte (Aug. 2)
vs Harrisburg (Aug. 16)
Lowest home attendance4,206 vs
OC Blues (June 11)
Average home league attendance4,743

Background

On November 19, 2013, it was announced that Orlando City would be the next expansion franchise in Major League Soccer, the league's 21st team, to begin play in 2015.[1] The announcement was made at Church Street Station in downtown Orlando, in the old Cheyenne Saloon, and was attended by an overflow crowd estimated by the Orlando Police Department at around 4,000. This made 2014 their final season in USL Pro.

Manager Adrian Heath said that the construction of the team for the 2014 season will be centered around getting players who can potentially move up with the team in 2015.[2] As a result, he allowed several player contracts to lapse, only keeping a handful of vital personnel. He also signed goalkeeper Carl Woszczynski away from Los Angeles Blues, to play behind starting goalkeeper and team captain Miguel Gallardo.

Orlando City continued their affiliation with Sporting Kansas City through the MLS-USL Pro development alliance for the 2014 season. For the season, Sporting began transitioning their affiliation to Oklahoma City Energy FC, and would split their transfers between the two clubs before making Oklahoma City their sole affiliate in 2015.[3]

The day before the MLS announcement, Orlando City and Orlando Health announced that the hospital system had signed a multi-year sponsorship contract which would make Orlando Health the team's presenting sponsor for its final USL Pro season, and going into MLS.[4]

On June 3, 2014, Phil Rawlins sold Orlando City's USL Pro franchise license to minority owner Wayne Estopinal. While Orlando City moves on to MLS, the remaining USL Pro team will move to Louisville, Kentucky, in 2015 and become Louisville City FC. The team will maintain Orlando City's MLS colors. At the same time, James O'Connor retired as a player to become Louisville City's manager.

With the Citrus Bowl under construction, and their new stadium planned to open in 2016, Orlando City moved their games to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. They played at Field 17 in the Hess Sports Fields, where they invested to expand its capacity to 5,300.[5]

Competitions

Friendlies

WDW Pro Soccer Classic

The team announced on December 5, 2013, that they would return to the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic.[6]

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
28 19 5 4 56 24  +32 62 13 1 0 39 8  +31 6 4 4 17 16  +1

Source: Match reports

Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728
GroundAHHHAAHAAAHHHHAHAHAAHAHAAHAH
ResultDDWWWWWWDWWWWWWWLWDLWLWLWWDW
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 (C) 28 19 5 4 56 24 +32 62 Commissioner's Cup, Playoffs
2 Sacramento Republic FC (A) 28 17 4 7 49 28 +21 55 Playoffs
3 LA Galaxy II (A) 28 15 6 7 54 38 +16 51
4 Richmond Kickers (A) 28 13 12 3 53 28 +25 51
5 Charleston Battery (A) 28 11 8 9 36 31 +5 41
6 Rochester Rhinos (A) 28 10 8 10 29 25 +4 38
7 Wilmington Hammerheads (A) 28 9 11 8 35 33 +2 38
8 Harrisburg City Islanders (A) 28 10 7 11 45 46 1 37
9 Arizona United SC 28 10 5 13 32 47 15 33[lower-alpha 1]
10 Oklahoma City Energy FC 28 9 5 14 32 37 5 32
11 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 28 9 5 14 35 49 14 32
12 Charlotte Eagles 28 9 4 15 33 40 7 31
13 Orange County Blues FC 28 9 1 18 31 54 23 28
14 Dayton Dutch Lions 28 6 4 18 28 63 35 22
Updated to match(es) played on September 7, 2014. 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).
Notes:
  1. Arizona was deducted two points for fielding an ineligible player on June 21 against LA Galaxy II.[7][8]

USL Pro Playoffs

Quarter-Finals Semi-Finals USL PRO Championship
         
1 Orlando City 0
8 Harrisburg City Islanders 1
8 Harrisburg City Islanders 3
4 Richmond Kickers 2
4 Richmond Kickers (a.e.t.) 2
5 Charleston Battery 1
8 Harrisburg City Islanders 0
2 Sacramento Republic 2
2 Sacramento Republic 4
7 Wilmington Hammerheads 1
2 Sacramento Republic 3
3 LA Galaxy II 2
3 LA Galaxy II 2
6 Rochester Rhinos 1

U.S. Open Cup

Orlando City entered the U.S. Open Cup in the second round.

Club

Roster

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo (captain)  Mexico
2 Defender Tyler Turner  United States
3 Defender Brad Rusin  United States
4 Defender Tommy Redding  United States
5 Defender Rafael Ramos  Portugal
6 Midfielder Anthony Pulis  Wales
8 Midfielder Adama Mbengue  Senegal
9 Forward Giuseppe Gentile  United States
11 Forward Corey Hertzog  United States
12 Midfielder Harrison Heath  England
13 Midfielder Austin da Luz  United States
14 Defender Luke Boden  England
15 Forward Dennis Chin  United States
16 Midfielder Aodhan Quinn  United States
17 Midfielder Darwin Ceren  El Salvador
18 Midfielder Kevin Molino  Trinidad and Tobago
19 Defender Bitielo Jean Jacques  Haiti
21 Goalkeeper Carl Woszczynski  United States
22 Defender Rob Valentino  United States
23 Defender Justin Clark  United States
24 Midfielder Estrela  Angola
25 Midfielder Ian Christianson  United States
26 Goalkeeper Rafael Díaz  United States
27 Midfielder Brian Span (on loan from FC Dallas)  United States

Squad information

No.Nat.PlayerBirthdayPrevious club2014 USL Pro appearances2014 USL Pro goals
Goalkeepers
1Miguel Gallardo (1984-10-24) October 24, 1984 Austin Lightning24
21Carl Woszczynski (1988-04-18) April 18, 1988 Los Angeles Blues4
26Rafael Díaz (1991-10-08) October 8, 1991 St. John's University
Defenders
2Tyler Turner (1996-03-04) March 4, 1996 IMG Academy Bradenton231
3Brad Rusin (1986-09-05) September 5, 1986 Vancouver Whitecaps FC232
4Tommy Redding (1997-01-24) January 24, 1997 FC America15
5Rafael Ramos (1995-01-09) January 9, 1995 S.L. Benfica Juniors U-1941
7Bryan Burke (1989-01-03) January 3, 1989 Los Angeles Blues7
14Luke Boden (1988-11-26) November 26, 1988 Sheffield Wednesday F.C.232
19Bitielo Jean Jacques (1990-12-28) December 28, 1990 VSI Tampa Bay FC7
22Rob Valentino (1985-12-21) December 21, 1985 Tampa Bay Rowdies191
23Justin Clark (1988-10-17) October 17, 1988 Rollins College13
Midfielders
6Anthony Pulis (1984-07-21) July 21, 1984 Aldershot Town F.C.121
8Adama Mbengue (1993-12-01) December 1, 1993 Orlando City U-23273
10Yordany Álvarez# (1985-05-24) May 24, 1985 Real Salt Lake131
12Harrison Heath (1996-04-16) April 16, 1996 Norwich City U-187
13Austin da Luz (1987-10-09) October 9, 1987 Carolina RailHawks185
16Aodhan Quinn (1992-03-22) March 22, 1992 Philadelphia Union16
17Darwin Ceren (1989-12-31) December 31, 1989 Juventud Independiente232
18Kevin Molino (1990-06-17) June 17, 1990 Ma Pau SC2720
20Mikey Lopez (1993-02-20) February 20, 1993 Sporting Kansas City9
24James O'Connor# (1979-09-01) September 1, 1979 Sheffield Wednesday F.C.1
24Estrela (1995-09-22) September 22, 1995 S.L. Benfica Juniors U-1951
25Ian Christianson (1991-03-06) March 6, 1991 New York Red Bulls3
27Brian Span (1992-02-23) February 23, 1992 FC Dallas191
Forwards
9Giuseppe Gentile (1992-10-18) October 18, 1992 Chicago Fire112
15Dennis Chin (1987-06-04) June 4, 1987 Central Florida Kraze265
11Corey Hertzog (1990-08-01) August 1, 1990 Vancouver Whitecaps FC214

† = Denotes players on loan through USL Pro-MLS Reserve League alliance
# = Denotes players who retired during the season

Preseason Trialists

Transfers

In

Out

Loan In

Loan Out

  • Kaká, loaned out for six months to São Paulo, his hometown club. Kaka will then start play with Orlando City on January 1, 2015 in preparation for the Club's inaugural MLS season.[10]

Media

For the 2014 season, all matches will stream live on YouTube. The team's webcasts in 2014 are produced with assistance from the ESPN Innovation Lab.[23] Occasional matches will appear on Bright House Sports Network. Some home matches can be heard on the radio as well, either 740 the Game or 102.5/107.7-HD2 WLOQ.

See also

References

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