2020 Orlando City SC season

The 2020 Orlando City SC season is the club's tenth season of existence in Orlando and sixth season in Major League Soccer, the top-flight league in the United States soccer league system. Alongside Major League Soccer, the club also compete in the U.S. Open Cup.

Orlando City
2020 season
CEOAlex Leitão
ManagerÓscar Pareja
StadiumExploria Stadium
MLS:Conference: TBD
Overall: TBD
U.S. Open CupThird round

Season review

Pre-season

On October 7, 2019, one day after the final game of the 2019 season, Orlando City parted ways with head coach James O'Connor.[1]

With the addition of Nashville and Inter Miami in 2020, MLS held an Expansion Draft on November 19, 2019. Orlando City had 13 players exposed. None were taken.[2]

On November 21, 2019, it was announced that a total of 14 players would not return either because their contract had expired, they had their contract option declined or, in the case of Danilo Acosta, they returned to their parent club after their loan expired. Orlando City had an option to buy Acosta at the end of the loan but declined. However, Ruan had his purchase option exercised following his loan in 2019.[3] Another notable departure was Cristian Higuita who had been sole remaining member of the team's inaugural MLS roster in 2015 and departed as the club's leading appearance maker with 108 across all competitions.[4] Having initially had their options declined, Uri Rosell, Alex DeJohn and Mason Stajduhar all later renegotiated new contracts with Orlando.[5][6]

On December 4, 2019, Óscar Pareja was announced as Orlando City's new head coach. Pareja had previously worked with Orlando's VP of soccer operations Luiz Muzzi at FC Dallas.[7]

Having emphasized the importance Homegrown players the previous offseason,[8] Orlando signed the sixth and seventh Homegrown players in club history in December, signing David Loera following his junior year at NC State and Jordan Bender from USL affiliate Orlando City B.[9][10]

Roster

Last updated on December 12, 2019[11]
No. Nationality Name Position(s) Date of birth (age) Previous club Notes
Goalkeepers
23 Brian Rowe GK (1988-11-16) November 16, 1988 Vancouver Whitecaps
31 Mason Stajduhar GK (1997-12-02) December 2, 1997 Orlando City U-23 HGP
Defenders
2 Ruan RB (1995-05-29) May 29, 1995 Barra da Tijuca INT
3 Alex DeJohn CB (1991-05-10) May 10, 1991 Dalkurd FF
6 Robin Jansson CB (1991-11-15) November 15, 1991 AIK INT
24 Kyle Smith RB (1992-01-09) January 9, 1992 Louisville City
27 Kamal Miller CB (1997-05-16) May 16, 1997 Syracuse Orange
44 João Moutinho LB (1998-01-12) January 12, 1998 Los Angeles FC GA
Midfielders
8 Sebas Méndez MF (1997-04-26) April 26, 1997 Independiente del Valle INT
20 Uri Rosell MF (1992-07-07) July 7, 1992 Sporting CP
33 Mauricio Pereyra CAM (1990-03-15) March 15, 1990 FC Krasnodar DP, INT
95 Robinho MF (1995-01-19) January 19, 1995 Columbus Crew INT
Jordan Bender MF (2001-07-09) July 9, 2001 Orlando City B HGP
David Loera MF (1998-09-10) September 10, 1998 NC State Wolfpack HGP
Andrés Perea MF (2000-11-14) November 14, 2000 Atlético Nacional Loan in
Forwards
9 Chris Mueller MF/FW (1996-08-28) August 28, 1996 Wisconsin Badgers
13 Tesho Akindele FW (1992-03-31) March 31, 1992 FC Dallas
14 Dom Dwyer FW (1990-07-30) July 30, 1990 Sporting KC DP
17 Nani FW (1986-11-17) November 17, 1986 Sporting CP DP, INT
19 Benji Michel FW (1997-10-23) October 23, 1997 Portland Pilots HGP
29 Santiago Patiño FW (1997-03-10) March 10, 1997 FIU Panthers

Staff

Executive
Majority owner and chairman Flávio Augusto da Silva
Chief executive officer Alex Leitão
Executive VP of soccer operations Luiz Muzzi
Coaching staff
Head coach Óscar Pareja

Competitions

Major League Soccer

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

Outside of the club, Inter Miami and Nashville SC joined the league as expansion franchises, bringing the total number of MLS clubs to 26.

Results

U.S. Open Cup

Following a restructuring to the competition, Orlando City became one of 11 MLS teams to now enter the U.S. Open Cup in the third round instead of the fourth round because they did not finish as a top 12 US-based team in the previous MLS season. The draw for the third round will take place on April 10, 2020.[12][13]

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 2020 MLS SuperDraft will be held in January 2020. Orlando has six selections.

2020 Orlando City MLS SuperDraft Picks
Round Selection Player Position College Status
1 5
2 31
39
44
3 57
4 83

Transfers in

No. Name Pos. Transferred from Fee/Notes Date Ref.
2 Ruan RB Barra da Tijuca Exercised option to buy November 22, 2019 [3]
David Loera MF NC State Wolfpack Signed Homegrown contract December 9, 2019 [9]
Jordan Bender MF Orlando City B Signed Homegrown contract December 12, 2019 [14]

Loans in

No. Name Pos. Loaned to Notes Date Ref.
Andrés Perea MF Atlético Nacional One-year loan with option to buy December 9, 2019 [15]

Transfers out

No. Name Pos. Transferred to Fee/Notes Date Ref.
26 Carlos Ascues CB/DM Option declined November 21, 2019 [4]
99 Adam Grinwis GK Option declined [4]
7 Cristian Higuita MF Contract expired [4]
4 Will Johnson MF Contract expired [4]
16 Sacha Kljestan CAM LA Galaxy Contract expired; Signed with LA Galaxy on 12/11/19 [4][16]
15 Cam Lindley MF Option declined [4]
12 Shane O'Neill CB Option declined [4]
5 Dillon Powers MF Option declined [4]
18 Greg Ranjitsingh GK Minnesota United Option declined; Selected by Minnesota United in End-of-Year Waiver Draft [4][17]
22 Lamine Sané CB Option declined [4]

Loans out

No. Name Pos. Loaned to Notes Date Ref.
10 Josué Colmán MF Cerro Porteño Continuation of one and a half year loan (with right of recall) June 12, 2019 [18]

References

  1. "Orlando City SC Parts Ways With James O'Connor". www.orlandocitysc.com.
  2. "Orlando City SC Announces 2019 MLS Expansion Draft Protected List". www.orlandocitysc.com.
  3. "Orlando City SC Exercises Option, Purchases Rights to Defender Ruan". www.orlandocitysc.com.
  4. "Orlando City SC Announces 2019 End-of-Season Roster Decisions". www.orlandocitysc.com.
  5. "Orlando City Signs Midfielder Uri Rosell to Two-Year Contract". www.orlandocitysc.com.
  6. "Orlando City Re-Sign Alex De John, Mason Stajduhar to New Deals". www.orlandocitysc.com.
  7. "Orlando City SC Names Óscar Pareja as Head Coach". www.orlandocitysc.com.
  8. Culver, Jordan. "Orlando City wanted draft pick Santiago Patino as a Homegrown: 'The league did us wrong on this one'". Pro Soccer USA.
  9. "Orlando City SC Signs Top Prospect, David Loera, to MLS Homegrown Contract". www.orlandocitysc.com.
  10. "Orlando City SC Signs Jordan Bender to Homegrown Contract". www.orlandocitysc.com.
  11. "Players – Orlando City Soccer Club". orlandocitysc.com. Major League Soccer.
  12. "Restructured Competition Format for 2020 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Provides Opportunity for More "David vs. Goliath" Matchups in 107th Edition of U.S. Soccer's National Championship". www.ussoccer.com.
  13. Boehm, Charles. "US Soccer announces restructured schedule, format for 2020 US Open Cup". www.mlssoccer.com.
  14. "Orlando City SC Signs Jordan Bender to Homegrown Contract". www.orlandocitysc.com.
  15. "Orlando City Acquires Colombian Midfielder Andrés Perea on Loan". www.orlandocitysc.com.
  16. "LA Galaxy sign Midfielder Sacha Kljestan". www.lagalaxy.com.
  17. "Haris Medunjanin, Danilo Acosta highlight 2019 Waiver Draft picks". www.mlssoccer.com.
  18. "Orlando City SC Loans Josué Colmán to Cerro Porteño". www.orlandocitysc.com.
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