2015 Orlando City SC season

The 2015 Orlando City SC season is the club's fifth season of existence in Orlando, and Orlando City's first season in Major League Soccer, the top-flight league in the United States soccer league system.

Orlando City
2015 season
PresidentPhil Rawlins
ManagerAdrian Heath
StadiumOrlando Citrus Bowl Stadium
MLSConference: 7th
Overall: 14th
MLS Playoffs44 Pts. / Did not qualify
U.S. Open CupQuarterfinals
Carolina Challenge Cup4th
Top goalscorerLeague: Larin (17)
All: Larin (19)
Highest home attendance62,510 vs NYCFC (Mar. 8)
Lowest home attendance22,241 vs Kansas City (Sept. 13)
Average home league attendance32,847

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.[1] The dissolution of C.D. Chivas USA following the 2014 MLS season resulted in Orlando City instead being the league's 20th franchise.

Following the completion of City's final season in USL Pro, the team released all but nine players from its roster. The remaining players, who would form the base of the 2015 roster, included Kaká, who was placed on loan with São Paulo FC in his native Brazil following his signing in June 2014.

On September 24, 2014, Orlando City manager Adrian Heath and New York City FC manager Jason Kreis took part in a draw to determine who would get top priorities in various selection mechanisms, including the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft and the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. Orlando City won the draw, and Adrian Heath selected the top pick in the Expansion Draft first. He would also choose the top pick in the SuperDraft, top selection priority for USL Pro and NASL players (beyond Orlando City's own USL Pro players, which the team had right of first refusal to), and second-to-last (then #20, now #19) in lottery ranking. Orlando City will be #2 in United States men's national soccer team player allocation ranking, #21 (now #20) in player discovery ranking, #21 (now #20) in re-entry draft ranking, and #2 in designated player ranking.[2]

On October 17, 2014, the team broke ground on their new soccer-specific stadium.[3] Due to delays in sales tax subsidies from the Florida Legislature, the team decided to assume stadium financing themselves, and committed to pay back the City of Orlando for the land purchased and any other costs already incurred.[4] Orlando City played the 2015 season, and will play the entire 2016 season, in the remodeled Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium.

For normal regular-season matches in 2015, Orlando City will open the sidelines and ends of the lower bowl only, except for the corners, along with the luxury suites. For the season opener on March 8 against New York City FC, however, the entire stadium was made available for sale. The team announced that the stadium's entire allotment of permanent seating was sold out on March 2.[5] The team made 2,000 standing room only tickets available on March 4,[6] and those sold out within 24 hours.[7]

On November 14, 2014, Orlando City was drawn for the seventh pick in the dispersal draft for Chivas USA players, but chose to pass on their pick.[8][9] Manager Adrian Heath signed a contract extension on November 21, 2014 committing him to the club through to the end of the 2017 MLS season.[10]

Orlando City originally planned to train in late January in Brazil, but eventually cancelled those plans in favor of training in Orlando. They will instead train at Sylvan Lake Park in Sanford.[11][12]

Season overview

March

Orlando City opened the 2015 MLS season at the Citrus Bowl against the other expansion team for that season, New York City FC. The match ended in a 1–1 draw after Kaká scored an equalizer in the first minute of second half stoppage time. The attendance of 62,510 was the largest crowd to see a soccer match at the Citrus Bowl, the second-largest attendance ever for an MLS team's inaugural home match,[13] and the ninth-largest crowd in MLS history for a standalone match.

Squad information

Number Nat. Player Position Date of birth Previous club 2015 MLS
appearances
2015 MLS
goals
Notes
Goalkeepers
1Donovan RickettsGK (1977-07-07) July 7, 1977 Portland Timbers10
22Tally HallGK (1985-05-12) May 12, 1985 Houston Dynamo23
36Earl Edwards, Jr.GK (1992-01-24) January 24, 1992 UCLA Bruins0
42Josh FordGK (1987-11-06) November 6, 1987 Seattle Sounders2
Defenders
2Tyler TurnerRB (1996-03-04) March 4, 1996 IMG Academy Bradenton70HGP, #
3Seb HinesCB (1988-05-29) May 29, 1988 Middlesbrough F.C.231LOAN
14Luke BodenLB (1988-11-26) November 26, 1988 Sheffield Wednesday F.C.251#
16Corey AsheLB (1986-03-14) March 14, 1986 Houston Dynamo90
20Brek SheaLB/LW (1990-02-28) February 28, 1990 Stoke City F.C.190
23Conor DonovanCB (1996-01-08) January 8, 1996 NC State Wolfpack10GA
27Rafael RamosRB (1995-01-09) January 9, 1995 S.L. Benfica Juniors U-19250INT, #
29Tommy ReddingCB (1997-01-24) January 24, 1997 FC America20HGP, #
44David MateosCB (1987-04-22) April 22, 1987 Ferencvárosi TC60INT
78Aurélien CollinCB (1986-03-08) March 8, 1986 Sporting Kansas City282
Midfielders
5Servando CarrascoMF (1988-08-13) August 13, 1988 Sporting Kansas City120
6Tony CascioLW/RW (1990-03-28) March 28, 1990 Colorado Rapids00
7Cristian HiguitaAM (1994-01-14) January 14, 1994 Deportivo Cali261INT
8Harrison HeathCM/DM (1996-04-16) April 16, 1996 Norwich City U-1830HGP, #
10Kaká (captain)AM (1982-04-22) April 22, 1982 AC Milan289INT, DP
12Eric AvilaM (1987-11-24) November 24, 1987 Santos Laguna211LOAN
15Pedro RibeiroAM/SS (1990-06-13) June 13, 1990 Philadelphia Union182
17Darwin CerénCM (1989-12-31) December 31, 1989 Juventud Independiente262#
18Kevin MolinoAM/RW (1990-06-17) June 17, 1990 Ma Pau SC70#
24Lewis NealLM (1981-07-14) July 14, 1981 D.C. United210
32Adrian WinterAM (1986-07-08) July 8, 1986 FC Luzern92INT
55EstrelaDM (1995-09-22) September 22, 1995 S.L. Benfica Juniors U-1900INT, #
Forwards
11Carlos RivasFW/LW (1994-04-15) April 15, 1994 Deportivo Cali270INT, DP
19Danny MwangaFW (1991-07-17) July 17, 1991 Colorado Rapids40
21Cyle LarinFW (1995-04-17) April 17, 1995 Connecticut Huskies2717GA, INT
25Adam BedellFW (1991-12-01) December 1, 1991 Columbus Crew SC00
26Sidney RiveraFW (1993-11-15) November 15, 1993 Old Dominion Monarchs00
35Bryan RóchezFW (1995-01-01) January 1, 1995 Real C.D. España163INT, DP

# denotes players who were retained from the USL Pro side.
denotes player who made appearances but left the club before the end of the season.

Player movement

Per Major League Soccer and club policies terms of the deals do not get disclosed.

MLS SuperDraft picks

Draft picks are not automatically signed to the team roster. The 2015 draft was held on January 15, 2015. Orlando had five selections.

2016 Orlando City MLS SuperDraft Picks
RoundSelectionPlayerPositionCollegeStatus
1 1 Cyle Larin FW University of Connecticut Signed
2 22 Conor Donovan DF North Carolina State University Signed
2 25 Akeil Barrett FW University of Akron Released
3 43 Earl Edwards Jr. GK UCLA Signed
4 63 Sidney Rivera FW Old Dominion University Signed

Transfers in

Date Player Position From Fee/notes Source
July 1, 2014 KakáMF AC MilanFree transfer, first designated player[15][16]
December 8, 2014 Tally HallGK Houston DynamoAcquired with Allocation Money, Orlando also received an international slot[17]
December 8, 2014 Amobi OkugoDF Philadelphia UnionAcquired with $100,000 Allocation Money and a 2016 Superdraft pick[18][19]
December 8, 2014 Aurélien CollinDF Sporting Kansas CityAcquired via allocation money and 2014 MLS Expansion Draft pick Jalil Anibaba[20][21]
December 10, 2014 Donovan RickettsGK Portland TimbersExpansion Draft
December 10, 2014 Tony CascioMF Colorado RapidsExpansion Draft
December 10, 2014 Danny MwangaFW Colorado RapidsExpansion Draft
December 10, 2014 Pedro RibeiroMF Philadelphia UnionExpansion Draft
December 10, 2014 Lewis NealMF D.C. UnitedExpansion Draft
December 10, 2014 Jairo ArrietaFW Columbus CrewExpansion Draft
December 15, 2014 Bryan RóchezFW Real C.D. EspañaUndisclosed fee, designated player[22]
December 18, 2014 Josh FordGK Seattle SoundersMLS re-entry draft[23]
December 19, 2014 Brek SheaMF Stoke CityUndisclosed fee[24]
January 5, 2015 GustavoDF Vila NovaFree agent[25]
January 26, 2015 Cristian HiguitaMF Deportivo Cali
January 26, 2015 Carlos RivasFW Deportivo Cali
July 14, 2015 Corey AsheLB Houston DynamoAcquired with allocation money and a second-round selection in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft[26]
July 20, 2015 Servando CarrascoMF Sporting Kansas CityTraded for Amobi Okugo[27]
July 29, 2015 Adrian WinterMF FC Luzern[28]
July 29, 2015 David MateosDF Ferencvárosi TC[28]
August 6, 2015 Adam BedellFW Columbus Crew SCAcquired with a second round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft[29]

Loan in

Position Player Loaned from Start End Source
FW Martin Paterson Huddersfield TownJanuary 26, 2015August 5, 2015[30]
DF Seb Hines MiddlesbroughFebruary 24, 2015August 2015[31]

Transfers out

Date Player Position To Fee/notes Source
January 14, 2015 Jairo ArrietaFW D.C. UnitedFor international slot[32]
February 12, 2015 GustavoDFNoneReleased from club[33]
July 20, 2015 Amobi OkugoMF Sporting Kansas CityTraded for Servando Carrasco[27]
July 30, 2015 Donovan RickettsGK LA GalaxyTraded for a second round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft[34]
July 31, 2015 Sean St LedgerDF Colorado RapidsPlaced on waivers. "Serious breach of club policy" cited as a reason.[35][36]

Loan out

No. Position Player Loaned to Start End Source
MF Kaká São Paulo FCJuly 1, 2014December 6, 2014[15][37][38]
26FW Sidney Rivera Louisville City FCMay 8, 2015July 23, 2015
42GK Josh Ford Fort Lauderdale StrikersMay 29, 2015[39]
23MF Conor Donovan Pittsburgh RiverhoundsJuly 25, 2015July 31, 2015[40]
26FW Sidney Rivera Pittsburgh RiverhoundsJuly 30, 2015
29D Tommy Redding Wilmington Hammerheads FCJuly 30, 2015August 7, 2015

Competitions

Home team is listed first, left to right.

Friendlies

Carolina Challenge Cup

It was announced on November 5, 2014, that Orlando City would participate in the 2015 Carolina Challenge Cup in Charleston, South Carolina.[41]

Major League Soccer

All times in regular season on Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-04:00)

Results summary

OverallHomeAway
PldWDLGFGAGDPtsWDLGFGAGDWDLGFGAGD
34 12 8 14 46 56  −10 44 7 5 5 25 19  +6 5 3 9 21 37  −16

Source: Match reports

Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334
GroundHAHAHAAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAAHAHAAHHA
ResultDWLDLWLLDLWDDWWLWDLLLWLDLLDLWWWWWL
Source: Match reports
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Results

Standings

Eastern Conference table
Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 New York Red Bulls 34 18 10 6 62 43 +19 60 Conference Semifinals & 2016–17 CONCACAF Champions League
2 Columbus Crew 34 15 11 8 58 53 +5 53 Conference Semifinals
3 Montreal Impact 34 15 13 6 48 44 +4 51 Knockout round
4 D.C. United 34 15 13 6 43 45 2 51
5 New England Revolution 34 14 12 8 48 47 +1 50
6 Toronto FC 34 15 15 4 58 58 0 49
7 Orlando City SC 34 12 14 8 46 56 10 44
8 New York City FC 34 10 17 7 49 58 9 37
9 Philadelphia Union 34 10 17 7 42 55 13 37
10 Chicago Fire 34 8 20 6 43 58 15 30
Source: MLS
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) disciplinary points; 6) away goals scored; 7) away goal differential; 8) home goals scored; 9) home goal differential; 10) coin toss or drawing of lots
Overall table
Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification[lower-alpha 1]
12 Toronto FC 34 15 15 4 58 58 0 49
13 San Jose Earthquakes 34 13 13 8 41 39 +2 47
14 Orlando City SC 34 12 14 8 46 56 10 44
15 Houston Dynamo 34 11 14 9 42 49 7 42
16 Real Salt Lake 34 11 15 8 38 48 10 41
Source: MLS
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) disciplinary points; 6) away goals scored; 7) away goal differential; 8) home goals scored; 9) home goal differential; 10) coin toss or drawing of lots
Notes:

MLS Playoffs

U.S. Open Cup

Orlando City entered the 2015 U.S. Open Cup with the rest of Major League Soccer in the fourth round.[42]

Bracket
Fourth Round
June 16–17
Fifth Round
June 30–July 1
Quarterfinals
July 14–22
Semifinals
August 12
Final
September 30
               
MLS New York Red Bulls 3
NASL Atlanta Silverbacks 0
MLS New York Red Bulls 4
NASL New York Cosmos 1
NASL New York Cosmos 2(4)
MLS New York City FC 2(3)
MLS New York Red Bulls 1(3)
MLS Philadelphia Union 1(4)
MLS Philadelphia Union 0(3)
USL Rochester Rhinos 0(1)
MLS Philadelphia Union 2
MLS D.C. United 1
USL Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1
MLS D.C. United 3*
MLS Philadelphia Union 1
MLS Chicago Fire 0
MLS Chicago Fire 1*
USL Louisville City FC 0
MLS Chicago Fire 3
USL Charlotte Independence 1
MLS New England Revolution 0
USL Charlotte Independence 1
MLS Chicago Fire 3
MLS Orlando City SC 1
USL Charleston Battery 4(7)
MLS Orlando City SC 4(8)
MLS Orlando City SC 2
MLS Columbus Crew 0
USL Richmond Kickers 1
MLS Columbus Crew 3
MLS Philadelphia Union 1(6)
MLS Sporting Kansas City 1(7)
MLS Sporting Kansas City 1
USL Saint Louis FC 0
MLS Sporting Kansas City 6
MLS FC Dallas 2
MLS FC Dallas 4
USL Oklahoma City Energy FC 1
MLS Sporting Kansas City 3
MLS Houston Dynamo 1
MLS Houston Dynamo 2
USL Austin Aztex 0
MLS Houston Dynamo 1
MLS Colorado Rapids 0
MLS Colorado Rapids 4
USL Colorado Springs Switchbacks 1
MLS Sporting Kansas City 3
MLS Real Salt Lake 1
MLS Real Salt Lake 2
USL Seattle Sounders FC 2 1
MLS Real Salt Lake 2
MLS Portland Timbers 0
MLS Seattle Sounders FC 1
MLS Portland Timbers 3*
MLS Real Salt Lake 1
MLS LA Galaxy 0
MLS San Jose Earthquakes 2(6)
USL Sacramento Republic FC 2(5)
MLS San Jose Earthquakes 0
MLS LA Galaxy 1
MLS LA Galaxy 6
USASA PSA Elite 1

Host team listed first
Bold = winner
* = after extra time, ( ) = penalty shootout score

Media

Any matches that are not featured in the MLS national television package on either ESPN2, Fox Sports 1 or UniMás will air locally on WOFL FOX 35 or WRBW My65.[43] The commentary team will be Jeff Radcliffe on play-by-play and Kevin Hartman on color commentary, with Holly Bristow as sideline reporter. In addition, most matches not on the MLS national television package will be simulcast on Fox Sports Florida or Sun Sports to fans outside the Orlando market. Some matches will be placed on tape delay to accommodate Tampa Bay Rays and Florida Marlins baseball games.[44]

On the radio, matches will air on WTKS-FM "Real Radio 104.1" in English,[45] with Tom Traxler and Adam Schick providing the call. When City is on a nationally televised match, Jeff Radcliffe will call the match on WTKS with Tom Traxler. Matches will also air on WONQ "La Grande 1030" in Spanish. The Spanish play-by-play announcer is Sergio Ruiz Torres, with color commentary by Israel Heredia. The Spanish radio feed will be used as the SAP Spanish feed on Fox Sports Florida and Sun Sports.[46]

Orlando City does not black out matches not on the MLS national television package on MLS Live, enabling local fans to watch matches live via live stream.[47]

See also

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