2018 Orlando City SC season

The 2018 Orlando City SC season was the club's eighth season of existence in Orlando and fourth season in Major League Soccer, the top-flight league in the United States soccer league system. Alongside Major League Soccer, the club also competed in the U.S. Open Cup. The team played its home games at Orlando City Stadium.

Orlando City
2018 season
CEOAlex Leitão
ManagerJason Kreis
(until June 15)
Bobby Murphy
(interim, June 15 – July 1)
James O'Connor
(from July 2)
StadiumOrlando City Stadium
MLS:Conference: 11th
Overall: 22nd
MLS Cup PlayoffsDid not qualify
U.S. Open CupQuarterfinals (entered in Fourth Round, June 6)
Top goalscorerLeague: Dom Dwyer (13)
All: Dom Dwyer (13)
Highest home attendanceMLS: 25,527
(Twice)
Lowest home attendanceMLS: 22,337
(April 8 vs. Portland Timbers)
Average home league attendance23,979

Season review

Pre-season

We want guys who want to compete, who want to win and who feel the pain when we don't win. Every single player we’ve brought (during the offseason) has sat down with me, looked me in the eye and told me they want to win and they want to be here for the right reasons.

—HC Jason Kreis, on the roster revamp[1]

On December 17, 2017, Kaká announced his retirement, after turning down offers from former clubs São Paulo FC and A.C. Milan.[2] With the options of several players declined at the end of the previous season,[3][4] Orlando City set its sights on the off-season to rebuild its roster.[1] The club began the winter transfer window by acquiring midfielder Sacha Kljestan from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for attacker Carlos Rivas and defender Tommy Redding.[5] During this time, it was announced that Orlando City B had elected to not participate in the 2018 USL season,[6] sparking alarm in regards to the club's youth development and depth.[7] Just a few days later, Paraguayan midfielder Josué Colmán signed with the club as a Young Designated Player.[8]

In early January, Orlando City Stadium played host to two games in the 2018 edition of the Florida Cup.[9] This was followed by the club also hosting the 2018 MLS Combine from January 11 to 17,[10] which resulted in forward Chris Mueller being picked by Orlando City in the MLS SuperDraft.[11]

By mid-January, attention shifted to forward Cyle Larin after images of him undergoing a medical with Beşiktaş J.K. were posted on the Turkish club's Twitter account.[12] While Orlando City was aware of the social media posting, no transfer agreement had been made at that time and the club was preparing to take legal action as Larin was still "under contract with Orlando City through 2019."[13] When training camp officially commenced on January 22, Larin was absent and appeared to be training with Beşiktaş in a video released the following day.[14] A week later, Orlando City announced that they had come to terms with Beşiktaş for the transfer of Larin.[15]

On January 29, it was announced that Orlando City had acquired midfielder Justin Meram from Columbus Crew SC in exchange for $1.05 million in allocation money plus an international roster spot.[16] Further transfers were made throughout January and February, with a total of 13 new players making the move to Orlando.[17] On February 28, center back Jonathan Spector was named the new captain of Orlando City following Kaká's departure.[18]

March

Orlando City began their fourth Major League Soccer campaign on March 3 at home against D.C. United. Despite Joe Bendik making a penalty save early on, D.C. United opened the scoring in the 32nd minute with a Yamil Asad free kick. In the 41st minute, PC was issued a red card and Orlando City played the remainder of the game with 10 men. The Lions maintained pressure throughout the second half and eventually equalized in stoppage time following a forward run by Jonathan Spector that set Stefano Pinho up for his debut goal, securing a point with a 1–1 draw.[19] Orlando remained at home for its second match, falling 2–1 to Minnesota United following a brace by Ethan Finlay.[20] The club then hit the road for its first away match of the season against New York City FC. This marked the first Orlando City appearances for Lamine Sané and Josué Colmán, who both came on as second half subs, as well as Sacha Kljestan. Despite holding a 0–0 scoreline at half, the Lions ended up falling 2–0 from goals by Ismael Tajouri and Maxi Moralez.[21] Following a two-week hiatus, Orlando City returned home to host the New York Red Bulls. After conceding in the seventh minute, City soon struck back with a tap-in goal by Will Johnson. The Red Bulls regained the lead shortly after, but the Lions equalized once again via a Dom Dwyer header to end the half at 2–2. Dwyer opened the second half with a goal that came from a throw-in assist by Mohamed El Monir. The visitors were able to level the scoreline in the 82nd minute, but a shot from Scott Sutter that deflected off of Colmán made its way into the back of the net and secured City all three points in the club's first victory of the 2018 Major League Soccer season.[22]

April

On April 8, the Lions made team history by securing their first win from a 2-goal deficit, with Dwyer scoring the game-winning goal in the 87th minute for a dramatic 3–2 comeback victory against the Portland Timbers.[23] The result also marked the first back-to-back wins for the club since April 29, 2017. With all three goals scored in the final ten minutes, they lead the league with 25 in the last three seasons,[24] reaffirming the nickname "Cardiac Cats." Five days later, Joe Bendik picked up his first clean sheet of the season to go along with four saves, while Dwyer scored his 99th goal in all career caps, for the Lions' first away win of the season: a 2–0 shutout of the Philadelphia Union.[25] The winning streak stretched to four in a 3–2 home victory against the San Jose Earthquakes, courtesy of goals from Mueller, Kljestan, and Dwyer. Both Mueller and Dwyer's goals were milestones: Mueller's strike came 63 seconds into the match, making it the fastest MLS goal in the club's history, and Dwyer's goal marked his 100th career goal in all competitions.[26] Then, in yet another come-from-behind thriller and their fifth straight win to close out the month, Orlando City defeated the Colorado Rapids with a 2–1 scoreline at the high altitude of DSG Park.[27]

May

The first major test of the season comes early, as four of the next five matches for Orlando City come against the top four 2017 Eastern Conference teams: Atlanta United FC, Toronto FC, the Chicago Fire, and New York City FC.[28][29] A new club record was reached as the "Cardiac Cats" opened the month of May with their sixth straight victory, and fourth when conceding the first goal, in a 3–1 result against Real Salt Lake. Lamine Sané scored his first goal in purple, while Chris Schuler made his debut in the squad's starting 11, against his former team.[30] On May 13, Justin Meram opened his account with a second-half goal against the Five Stripes. However, the Lions' comeback fell short in a 2–1 loss, their second of the season at home.[31] The game was marred by fans throwing trash onto the field in frustration. Orlando City was later criticized by local authorities and news organizations for routinely condemning behavior without taking any significant action to decrease such incidents.[32][33] The rough patch continued with another 2–1 loss at Toronto FC.[34] A 2–1 defeat at home to the Chicago Fire extended the losing streak to three games to close out the month, as the Lions looked ahead to a 4-game, 12-day road trip with stops in New York, Miami, Vancouver, and Montreal.[35]

June

The losing streak continued into the month of June, as Orlando City fell 3–0 to New York City FC. With Dom Dwyer out due to injury, the Lions have found it difficult to score in their last four matches.[36] The club was able to turn things around in their first match of the 2018 U.S. Open Cup when they defeated NPSL side Miami United FC 3–0 with goals from PC, Stefano Pinho, and Dillon Powers.[37] However, the club's MLS losing streak stretched to five games after the Lions were reduced to 10 men and were outscored 5–2 in Vancouver.[38] The 12-day road trip came to an end in Montreal, where Orlando City suffered its third consecutive three-goal margin defeat.[39] Two days later, the club announced that it had parted ways with head coach Jason Kreis and that assistant coach Bobby Murphy would assume the role of interim coach.[40] Under Bobby's leadership, and changing to a three-back formation that showed much-improved stability in the defense, the Lions were able to eke out a 1-1 win on PKs (4-2), against D.C. United in the Round of 16 in the U.S. Open Cup on June 20.[41] Orlando played their first MLS match following Kreis' departure on June 23, 2018 when they faced Montreal for the second consecutive game. Murphy continued with the three-back formation he had used in the Open Cup four days earlier but Orlando fell to a 2-0 defeat, only registering one shot on target on the way to their seventh consecutive league defeat, a performance Bobby and several of the players apologized for post-game.[42]

On June 29, the club announced that Louisville City FC manager and former Orlando City player-coach James O'Connor would take over as the Lion's new head coach.[43] The day after, Murphy took control of his final game as interim manager prior to O'Connor filling the position permanently. The result was a 4–0 defeat away to Atlanta United.[44]

July

James O'Connor's first game in charge was away at Los Angeles FC, marking the first time Orlando had ever played the new expansion side. The original kick off time was moved to 11:00 p.m. ET to avoid triple-digit temperatures. The team returned to the 4–2–3–1 formation that had been implemented earlier in the season under Jason Kreis but lost 4–1, breaking their three-game scoreless streak but extending the losing streak to nine.[45] On July 14, O'Connor took charge of his first home game with the visit of Toronto FC. Orlando won 2–1 to end their winless streak. It was the first MLS match of the season to not feature Joe Bendik after Earl Edwards Jr. was given the start in goal.[46] Orlando were knocked out of the U.S. Open Cup at the quarterfinals stage on July 18, losing 1–0 away to Philadelphia Union.[47] On July 22, Orlando traveled to Columbus Crew SC where they led for most of the match. However, a penalty call and a controversial lack of VAR led to a game-tying 88th-minute penalty. Columbus would go on to win the game 3–2 in stoppage time.[48] In response, Professional Referee Organization released a statement acknowledging the error and reaffirming that the organization holds all officials "accountable and takes appropriate action when necessary."[49] Orlando returned home to face NYCFC for the third and final time of the year on July 26, falling to a 2–0 defeat and hitting the woodwork four times in the process.[50] Then, despite taking the lead three times, Orlando lost 4–3 away to LA Galaxy on July 29, a game in which Cristian Higuita broke Cyle Larin's club record 89 appearances. Galaxy's Zlatan Ibrahimović notably scored his first MLS hattrick in the game.[51]

August

On August 3, Orlando City traded Justin Meram back to Columbus Crew SC for $750,000 in Targeted Allocation Money and a 2019 international roster slot.[52] The following day, the Lions returned home to face New England Revolution. After trailing by two goals early on, City equalized in the 71st minute. While New England gained the lead five minutes later, the Lions equalized again in stoppage time – resulting in a 3–3 draw.[53] The team ended the month with two losses, both by a one-goal margin, to DC United and Atlanta United. The DC game marked the first time Orlando played at the newly-opened Audi Field.

September

On September 1, Orlando hosted Philadelphia Union and held them to a 2–2 draw thanks to a Scott Sutter goal in stoppage time. It was the first time Orlando had avoided defeat against the same opponent twice in MLS this season. The following weekend the team lost 1–0 away to Sporting Kansas City as Dom Dwyer returned to face his former team for the first time. The team finished the month winless, losing on two away trips to Sporting Kansas City and Chicago Fire before earning a 0–0 draw at home to Houston Dynamo, with Adam Grinwis securing only the team's second league clean sheet of the season on his debut.

October

Prior to the team's game against FC Dallas on October 6, Orlando were officially eliminated from playoff contention following Montreal's win over Columbus Crew earlier that day. They went on to lose 2–0. Orlando remained on the road for the next match against New England Revolution which also ended 2–0 and extending the team's scoreless run to five games. On October 17 the team set a new MLS single season record for number of goals conceded when Víctor Rodríguez opened the scoring for Seattle Sounders, the 71st goal Orlando had given up that year. This surpassed the previous total of 70 set by Minnesota United in their inaugural season in 2017. Seattle went on to win 2–1. Orlando's final home game of the season, played on October 21, saw them win only their second game under the stewardship of James O'Connor when Kljestan scored penalty in stoppage time to beat Columbus Crew 2–1.

Decision Day

On October 28, the final day of the regular season, Orlando traveled to a New York Red Bulls side who were one of two teams with the potential to win the Supporters' Shield. They started the day one point behind Atlanta United but their 1–0 win over Orlando combined with Atlanta's 4–1 defeat against Toronto FC meant they finished top of the standings and lifted the Shield for the third time. Orlando finished the season bottom of the Eastern Conference and, because of Colorado Rapids' decision day win, dropped to 22nd in the Supporters' Shield.

November

On November 26, 2018, Orlando City parted ways with General Manager Niki Budalić who had been at the club since January 2016 and held the role of GM for two years.[54] The day after, the club announced it had decided not to exercise the contract options of eight players: Joe Bendik, Richie Laryea, Tony Rocha, Chris Schuler, Jonathan Spector, Scott Sutter, Donny Toia and Jose Villarreal. Earl Edwards, Jr. would also be released as a result of his expired contract.

Roster

As of August 3, 2018[55]
No. Nationality Name Position(s) Date of birth (age) Previous club Notes
Goalkeepers
1Joe BendikGK (1989-04-25)April 25, 1989 (aged 28) Toronto FC
31Mason StajduharGK (1997-12-02)December 2, 1997 (aged 20) Orlando City U-23HGP
36Earl Edwards, Jr.GK (1992-01-24)January 24, 1992 (aged 26) UCLA Bruins
99Adam GrinwisGK (1992-04-21)April 21, 1992 (aged 25) Saint Louis FC
Defenders
2Jonathan Spector (C)CB (1986-03-01)March 1, 1986 (aged 32) Birmingham City
3Amro TarekCB (1992-05-17)May 17, 1992 (aged 25) Wadi DeglaLoan in
12Shane O’NeillCB (1993-09-02)September 2, 1993 (aged 24) ExcelsiorHGP
13Mohamed El MonirLB (1992-04-08)April 8, 1992 (aged 25) Partizan BelgradeINT
21Scott SutterRB (1986-05-13)May 13, 1986 (aged 31) Young Boys
22Lamine SanéCB (1987-03-22)March 22, 1987 (aged 30) Werder BremenINT
25Donny ToiaLB (1992-05-28)May 28, 1992 (aged 25) Montreal Impact
26Carlos AscuesCB/DM (1992-06-19)June 19, 1992 (aged 25) Alianza LimaLoan in
27R. J. AllenRB (1990-04-17)April 17, 1990 (aged 27) New York City FC
28Chris SchulerCB (1987-09-06)September 6, 1987 (aged 30) Real Salt Lake
94Victor "PC" GiroLB (1994-03-10)March 10, 1994 (aged 23) Orlando City B
Midfielders
4Will JohnsonMF (1987-01-21)January 21, 1987 (aged 31) Toronto FC
5Dillon PowersMF (1991-02-14)February 14, 1991 (aged 27) Colorado Rapids
6Richie LaryeaCAM (1995-01-07)January 7, 1995 (aged 23) Orlando City BGA
7Cristian HiguitaDM (1994-01-14)January 14, 1994 (aged 24) Deportivo Cali
8Tony RochaCM/DM (1993-08-21)August 21, 1993 (aged 24) Orlando City B
10Josué ColmánMF (1998-07-25)July 25, 1998 (aged 19) Cerro PorteñoINT, DP
11Pierre Da SilvaMF (1998-07-28)July 28, 1998 (aged 19) Orlando City B
15Cam LindleyMF (1997-07-18)July 18, 1997 (aged 20) North Carolina Tar HeelsHGP
16Sacha KljestanCAM (1985-09-09)September 9, 1985 (aged 32) New York Red BullsDP
19Yoshimar YotúnMF/LB (1990-04-07)April 7, 1990 (aged 27) Malmö FFINT
20Uri RosellMF/DF (1992-07-07)July 7, 1992 (aged 25) Sporting CP
33Jose VillarrealMF (1993-09-10)September 10, 1993 (aged 24) LA GalaxyHGP
Forwards
14Dom DwyerFW (1990-07-30)July 30, 1990 (aged 27) Sporting KCDP
17Chris MuellerMF/FW (1996-08-28)August 28, 1996 (aged 21) Wisconsin Badgers
29Stefano PinhoFW (1991-01-12)January 12, 1991 (aged 27) Miami FC

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 2018 draft was held on January 19, 2018. Orlando had one selection.

2018 Orlando City MLS SuperDraft Picks
RoundSelectionPlayerPositionCollegeStatus
1 6 Chris Mueller MF/FW University of Wisconsin Signed

Transfers in

No. Name Pos. Transferred from Fee/Notes Date Ref.
27 R. J. AllenRB New York City FCAcquired for a 2018 MLS SuperDraft third-round pickDecember 18, 2017[56]
29 Stefano PinhoFW Miami FCFree transferDecember 18, 2017[56]
33 Jose VillarrealMF LA GalaxyAcquired for a 2019 MLS SuperDraft third-round pickDecember 27, 2017[57]
13 Mohamed El MonirLB Partizan BelgradeFree transferDecember 27, 2017[57]
16 Sacha KljestanCAM New York Red BullsAcquired for Targeted Allocation Money, Carlos Rivas and Tommy ReddingJanuary 3, 2018[5]
99 Adam GrinwisGK Saint Louis FCFree transferJanuary 5, 2018[58]
10 Josué ColmánMF Cerro PorteñoUndisclosed fee, reportedly $3 million[59]January 15, 2018[8]
15 Cam LindleyMF Chicago FireHomegrown Player Rights; Exchange for Rafael Ramos and Targeted Allocation MoneyJanuary 18, 2018[60]
9 Justin MeramFW Columbus CrewAcquired for $750k TAM, $300k GAM and a 2019 international roster slotJanuary 29, 2018[61]
20 Uri RosellMF Sporting CPAcquired No. 1 position in MLS Allocation Ranking Order from FC Dallas in exchange for Targeted Allocation MoneyJanuary 30, 2018[62]
22 Lamine SanéCB Werder BremenFree transferFebruary 20, 2018[63]
28 Chris SchulerCB Real Salt LakeFree transferMarch 2, 2018[64]
12 Shane O’NeillCB ExcelsiorFree transferJune 22, 2018[41]

Loans in

No. Name Pos. Loaned from Notes Date Ref.
3 Amro TarekCB Wadi DeglaOne-year loan with a club option to buyFebruary 2, 2018[65]
26 Carlos Ascues CB/DM Alianza Lima Until end of season with 12-month extension option August 16, 2018

Transfers out

No. Name Pos. Transferred to Fee/Notes Date Ref.
28 Josh Saunders GK Option declined November 7, 2017 [66]
3 Seb Hines CB Option declined [66]
22 Conor Donovan CB Rio Grande Valley FC Option declined; Signed with Rio Grande Valley on 1/18/18 [66]
23 Antonio Nocerino MF Benevento Option declined; Signed with Benevento on 6/7/18 [66]
5 Servando Carrasco MF LA Galaxy Option declined; Selected by LA Galaxy in 2017 MLS Re-Entry Draft [66]
14 Giles Barnes FW León Option declined; Signed with León on 1/9/18 [66]
13 Hadji Barry FW Swope Park Rangers Option declined; Signed with Swope Park Rangers on 1/15/18 [66]
12 Kevin Alston LB Orange County SC Contract expired; Signed with Orange County on 6/8/18 [66]
16 Devron García CB/DM Real España Contract expired [66]
10 Kaká CAM Retired Contract expired; Officially retired on 12/17/17 [66]
11 Carlos RivasFW/LW New York Red BullsTraded for Sacha KljestanJanuary 3, 2018[5]
29 Tommy ReddingCB
27 Rafael RamosRB Chicago FireTraded in exchange for Cam Lindley, GAM and TAMJanuary 18, 2018[67]
9 Cyle LarinFW BeşiktaşUndisclosed fee, reportedly $2.3 million[68]January 30, 2018[15]
18 José AjaCB Vancouver WhitecapsTraded in exchange for TAMFebruary 24, 2018[69]
9 Justin MeramFW Columbus CrewTraded for $750k TAM and a 2019 international roster slotAugust 3, 2018[70]

Loans out

No. Name Pos. Loaned To Notes Date Ref.
8 Tony RochaMF Saint Louis FCTwo matches, from April 6 until April 15, 2018April 6, 2018[71]
11 Pierre Da SilvaMFOne Match vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on Saturday, May 26May 24, 2018[72]
15 Cam LindleyMF
11 Pierre Da Silva MF Second loan to Saint Louis FC, ended August 6 July 18, 2018 [73]

Staff

Executive
Majority owner and chairman Flávio Augusto da Silva
Minor owner/life president Phil Rawlins
Owner John Bonner
Chief executive officer Alex Leitão
General manager Niki Budalic
Coaching staff
Head coach James O'Connor
Assistant coach Daniel Byrd
Assistant coach Sean McAuley
Assistant coach/academy coordinator Bobby Murphy
Goalkeeping coach Thabane Sutu

Competitions

Friendlies

The pre-season schedule was announced on January 16, 2018, outlining five closed-door pre-season friendlies over the course of February.[74] Training camp began on Monday, January 22, for the first of three training sessions before the club traveled to Jacksonville for a 10-day pre-season training camp at Davis Park.[75] The club then relocated back to its training facility at Sylvan Lake Park.[76] A sixth pre-season friendly was played on February 25 against Nashville SC of the United Soccer League.[77]

Major League Soccer

All times in regular season on Eastern Daylight Time (UTC−04:00) except where otherwise noted.

The opening home match was announced on December 19, 2017,[78] while the remaining MLS schedule was released on January 4, 2018.[79] Outside of the club, there were several changes made throughout the league. The most significant change came via the addition of Los Angeles FC as the 23rd franchise in MLS and 12th member of the Western Conference.[80] Orlando City SC played LAFC for the first time on July 7, 2018.[81]

Results summary

OverallHomeAway
PldWDLGFGAGDPtsWDLGFGAGDWDLGFGAGD
34 8 4 22 43 74  −31 28 6 4 7 28 30  −2 2 0 15 15 44  −29

Source: Match reports

Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334
GroundHHAHHAHAHHAHAAAHAAHAHAHAHHAAHAAHHA
ResultDLLWWWWWWLLLLLLLLLWLLLDLLDLLDLLLWL
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
7 Montreal Impact 34 14 16 4 47 53 6 46
8 New England Revolution 34 10 13 11 49 55 6 41
9 Toronto FC 34 10 18 6 59 64 5 36
10 Chicago Fire 34 8 18 8 48 61 13 32
11 Orlando City SC 34 8 22 4 43 74 31 28
Source: MLS
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) disciplinary points; 6) away goal differential; 7) away goals scored; 8) home goal differential; 9) home goals scored; 10) coin toss or drawing of lots.

Overall table

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification[lower-alpha 1]
19 Toronto FC 34 10 18 6 59 64 5 36 2019 CONCACAF Champions League
20 Chicago Fire 34 8 18 8 48 61 13 32
21 Colorado Rapids 34 8 19 7 36 63 27 31
22 Orlando City SC 34 8 22 4 43 74 31 28
23 San Jose Earthquakes 34 4 21 9 49 71 22 21
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) coin toss or drawing of lots
Notes:

U.S. Open Cup

After the fourth round draw was held on May 24, Orlando City entered the 105th edition of the U.S. Open Cup on the road in South Florida, against Miami FC on June 6.[83]

Bracket
Fourth Round
June 5–6
Round of 16
June 15–20
Quarterfinals
July 18
Semifinals
August 8
Final
September 26
               
MLS Houston Dynamo 5
LQ NTX Rayados 0
MLS Houston Dynamo 1
MLS Minnesota United FC 0
USL FC Cincinnati 0(1)
MLS Minnesota United FC 0(3)
MLS Houston Dynamo 4
MLS Sporting Kansas City 2
MLS Real Salt Lake 0
MLS Sporting Kansas City 2
MLS Sporting Kansas City 3
MLS FC Dallas 2
USL San Antonio FC 0
MLS FC Dallas 1
MLS Houston Dynamo 3(7)
MLS Los Angeles FC 3(6)
MLS Los Angeles FC 2
USL Fresno FC 0
MLS Los Angeles FC 3
USL Sacramento Republic FC 2
USL Sacramento Republic FC 2*
MLS Seattle Sounders FC 1
MLS Los Angeles FC 3
MLS Portland Timbers 2
MLS Portland Timbers 2
MLS San Jose Earthquakes 0
MLS Portland Timbers 1
MLS LA Galaxy 0
MLS LA Galaxy 3
PDL FC Golden State Force 1
MLS Houston Dynamo 3
MLS Philadelphia Union 0
MLS Philadelphia Union 5
USL Richmond Kickers 0
MLS Philadelphia Union 2
MLS New York Red Bulls 1
MLS New York Red Bulls 4
MLS New York City FC 0
MLS Philadelphia Union 1
MLS Orlando City SC 0
MLS D.C. United 1(4)
USL North Carolina FC 1(3)
MLS D.C. United 1(2)
MLS Orlando City SC 1(4)
NPSL Miami United FC 0
MLS Orlando City SC 3
MLS Philadelphia Union 3
MLS Chicago Fire 0
MLS Atlanta United FC 3
USL Charleston Battery 0
MLS Atlanta United FC 0
MLS Chicago Fire 1
MLS Columbus Crew SC 2(9)
MLS Chicago Fire 2(10)
MLS Chicago Fire 4
USL Louisville City FC 0
USL Louisville City FC 3
MLS New England Revolution 2
USL Louisville City FC 2
USL Nashville SC 1
USL Nashville SC 2
MLS Colorado Rapids 0

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

Squad statistics

Appearances

As of matches played October 28, 2018
No. Pos. Name MLS Open Cup Total
Apps Starts Apps Starts Apps Starts
1 GK Joe Bendik 2524002524
2 CB Jonathan Spector 1313221515
3 CB Amro Tarek 2019222221
4 MF Will Johnson 2926313227
5 MF Dillon Powers 302151
6 AM Richie Laryea 920092
7 DM Cristian Higuita 2118112219
8 CM Tony Rocha 129111310
9 FW Justin Meram 1714111815
10 MF Josué Colmán 2410322712
11 MF Pierre Da Silva 2 0 0 0 2 0
12 CB Shane O’Neill 13 13 1 1 14 14
13 LB Mohamed El Monir 2622332925
14 FW Dom Dwyer 2625112726
15 MF Cameron Lindley 331043
16 CAM Sacha Kljestan 3029333332
17 FW Chris Mueller 3223223425
19 MF Yoshimar Yotún 2222002222
20 DM Uri Rosell 2218222420
21 RB Scott Sutter 1918001918
22 CB Lamine Sané 1615111716
25 LB Donny Toia 431154
26 CB Carlos Ascues 9 9 0 0 9 9
27 RB R. J. Allen 1810222012
28 CB Chris Schuler 9810108
29 FW Stefano Pinho 23532267
33 MF Jose Villarreal 302050
36 GK Earl Edwards Jr. 553388
94 LB Victor "PC" Giro 8 5 1 1 9 6
99 GK Adam Grinwis 550055

Goalscorers

As of matches played October 28, 2018
Rank Pos. No. Name MLS Open Cup Total
1 FW 14 Dom Dwyer 13 0 13
2 MF 16 Sacha Kljestan 6 0 6
3 MF 7 Cristian Higuita 4 0 4
MF 19 Yoshimar Yotún 4 0 4
5 FW 17 Chris Mueller 3 0 3
RB 21 Scott Sutter 3 0 3
FW 29 Stefano Pinho 2 1 3
8 MF 9 Justin Meram 1 1 2
9 MF 4 Will Johnson 1 0 1
MF 10 Josué Colmán 1 0 1
CB 22 Lamine Sané 1 0 1
CB 28 Chris Schuler 1 0 1
CB 3 Amro Tarek 1 0 1
MF 5 Dillon Powers 0 1 1
LB 94 PC 0 1 1
Own Goals 2 0 2
Total 43 4 47

Shutouts

As of matches played October 28, 2018
Rank No. Name MLS Open Cup Total
11 Joe Bendik101
99 Adam Grinwis 1 0 1
36 Earl Edwards Jr.011
Total 2 1 3

Disciplinary record

As of matches played October 28, 2018
No. Pos. Name MLS Open Cup Total
1 GK Joe Bendik 3 0 0 0 3 0
2 CB Jonathan Spector 2 0 0 0 2 0
3 CB Amro Tarek 2 0 0 0 1 0
4 MF Will Johnson 7 0 1 0 8 0
6 MF Richie Laryea 2 0 0 0 2 0
7 MF Cristian Higuita 6 1 0 0 6 1
8 MF Tony Rocha 1 0 0 0 1 0
12 CB Shane O’Neill 0 1 0 0 0 1
13 LB Mohamed El Monir 6 1 2 0 8 1
14 FW Dom Dwyer 9 0 0 0 9 0
15 MF Cam Lindley 1 0 0 0 1 0
16 MF Sacha Kljestan 4 0 0 0 4 0
17 FW Chris Mueller 2 0 1 0 3 0
19 MF Yoshimar Yotún 8 1 0 0 8 1
20 MF Uri Rosell 6 0 0 0 6 0
22 CB Lamine Sané 1 0 0 0 1 0
25 LB Donny Toia 0 0 1 0 1 0
26 CB Carlos Ascues 2 0 0 0 2 0
27 RB R. J. Allen 2 0 0 0 2 0
28 CB Chris Schuler 3 0 0 0 3 0
94 LB PC 1 1 1 0 2 1
Total 68 5 6 0 74 5

Broadcasting

Orlando City will be featured on national television 13 times during the 2018 season, while all remaining matches will be televised locally on WRDQ.[84] Six of the nationally televised games will be shown on ESPN, tied with three other clubs for the most appearances.[85] Additionally, certain matches will be streamed live on Twitter following the announcement of a three-year agreement between Major League Soccer and the social networking service.[86][87] In May 2018, the club announced a deal it had made with YouTube TV in which all of its locally televised matches would be streamed live through the subscription service.[88]

English-language radio will be split between WTKS 104.1 and WYGM 740 AM/96.9 FM/101.1-2 HD for the 2018 season, with WYGM airing 18 regular-season matches and WTKS airing 14 regular-season matches.[89] Spanish-language radio broadcasts will be conducted on WDYZ 990 AM.[90]

References

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