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
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BackgroundEdit

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 overviewEdit

MarchEdit

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 informationEdit

Number Nat. Player Position Date of birth Previous club 2015 MLS
appearances
2015 MLS
goals
Notes
Goalkeepers
1   Donovan Ricketts GK (1977-07-07) July 7, 1977 (age 42)   Portland Timbers 10
22   Tally Hall GK (1985-05-12) May 12, 1985 (age 34)   Houston Dynamo 23
36   Earl Edwards, Jr. GK (1992-01-24) January 24, 1992 (age 28)   UCLA Bruins 0
42   Josh Ford GK (1987-11-06) November 6, 1987 (age 32)   Seattle Sounders 2
Defenders
2   Tyler Turner RB (1996-03-04) March 4, 1996 (age 24)   IMG Academy Bradenton 7 0 HGP, #
3   Seb Hines CB (1988-05-29) May 29, 1988 (age 31)   Middlesbrough F.C. 23 1 LOAN
14   Luke Boden LB (1988-11-26) November 26, 1988 (age 31)   Sheffield Wednesday F.C. 25 1 #
16   Corey Ashe LB (1986-03-14) March 14, 1986 (age 34)   Houston Dynamo 9 0
20   Brek Shea LB/LW (1990-02-28) February 28, 1990 (age 30)   Stoke City F.C. 19 0
23   Conor Donovan CB (1996-01-08) January 8, 1996 (age 24)   NC State Wolfpack 1 0 GA
27   Rafael Ramos RB (1995-01-09) January 9, 1995 (age 25)   S.L. Benfica Juniors U-19 25 0 INT, #
29   Tommy Redding CB (1997-01-24) January 24, 1997 (age 23)   FC America 2 0 HGP, #
44   David Mateos CB (1987-04-22) April 22, 1987 (age 32)   Ferencvárosi TC 6 0 INT
78   Aurélien Collin CB (1986-03-08) March 8, 1986 (age 34)   Sporting Kansas City 28 2
Midfielders
5   Servando Carrasco MF (1988-08-13) August 13, 1988 (age 31)   Sporting Kansas City 12 0
6   Tony Cascio LW/RW (1990-03-28) March 28, 1990 (age 30)   Colorado Rapids 0 0
7   Cristian Higuita AM (1994-01-14) January 14, 1994 (age 26)   Deportivo Cali 26 1 INT
8   Harrison Heath CM/DM (1996-04-16) April 16, 1996 (age 23)   Norwich City U-18 3 0 HGP, #
10   Kaká (captain) AM (1982-04-22) April 22, 1982 (age 37)   AC Milan 28 9 INT, DP
12   Eric Avila M (1987-11-24) November 24, 1987 (age 32)   Santos Laguna 21 1 LOAN
15   Pedro Ribeiro AM/SS (1990-06-13) June 13, 1990 (age 29)   Philadelphia Union 18 2
17   Darwin Cerén CM (1989-12-31) December 31, 1989 (age 30)   Juventud Independiente 26 2 #
18   Kevin Molino AM/RW (1990-06-17) June 17, 1990 (age 29)   Ma Pau SC 7 0 #
24   Lewis Neal LM (1981-07-14) July 14, 1981 (age 38)   D.C. United 21 0
32   Adrian Winter AM (1986-07-08) July 8, 1986 (age 33)   FC Luzern 9 2 INT
55   Estrela DM (1995-09-22) September 22, 1995 (age 24)   S.L. Benfica Juniors U-19 0 0 INT, #
Forwards
11   Carlos Rivas FW/LW (1994-04-15) April 15, 1994 (age 25)   Deportivo Cali 27 0 INT, DP
19   Danny Mwanga FW (1991-07-17) July 17, 1991 (age 28)   Colorado Rapids 4 0
21   Cyle Larin FW (1995-04-17) April 17, 1995 (age 24)   Connecticut Huskies 27 17 GA, INT
25   Adam Bedell FW (1991-12-01) December 1, 1991 (age 28)   Columbus Crew SC 0 0
26   Sidney Rivera FW (1993-11-15) November 15, 1993 (age 26)   Old Dominion Monarchs 0 0
35   Bryan Róchez FW (1995-01-01) January 1, 1995 (age 25)   Real C.D. España 16 3 INT, 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 movementEdit

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

MLS SuperDraft picksEdit

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
Round Selection Player Position College Status
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 inEdit

Date Player Position From Fee/notes Source
July 1, 2014   Kaká MF   AC Milan Free transfer, first designated player [15][16]
December 8, 2014   Tally Hall GK   Houston Dynamo Acquired with Allocation Money, Orlando also received an international slot [17]
December 8, 2014   Amobi Okugo DF   Philadelphia Union Acquired with $100,000 Allocation Money and a 2016 Superdraft pick [18][19]
December 8, 2014   Aurélien Collin DF   Sporting Kansas City Acquired via allocation money and 2014 MLS Expansion Draft pick Jalil Anibaba [20][21]
December 10, 2014   Donovan Ricketts GK   Portland Timbers Expansion Draft
December 10, 2014   Tony Cascio MF   Colorado Rapids Expansion Draft
December 10, 2014   Danny Mwanga FW   Colorado Rapids Expansion Draft
December 10, 2014   Pedro Ribeiro MF   Philadelphia Union Expansion Draft
December 10, 2014   Lewis Neal MF   D.C. United Expansion Draft
December 10, 2014   Jairo Arrieta FW   Columbus Crew Expansion Draft
December 15, 2014   Bryan Róchez FW   Real C.D. España Undisclosed fee, designated player [22]
December 18, 2014   Josh Ford GK   Seattle Sounders MLS re-entry draft [23]
December 19, 2014   Brek Shea MF   Stoke City Undisclosed fee [24]
January 5, 2015   Gustavo DF   Vila Nova Free agent [25]
January 26, 2015   Cristian Higuita MF   Deportivo Cali
January 26, 2015   Carlos Rivas FW   Deportivo Cali
July 14, 2015   Corey Ashe LB   Houston Dynamo Acquired with allocation money and a second-round selection in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft [26]
July 20, 2015   Servando Carrasco MF   Sporting Kansas City Traded for Amobi Okugo [27]
July 29, 2015   Adrian Winter MF   FC Luzern [28]
July 29, 2015   David Mateos DF   Ferencvárosi TC [28]
August 6, 2015   Adam Bedell FW   Columbus Crew SC Acquired with a second round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft [29]

Loan inEdit

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

Transfers outEdit

Date Player Position To Fee/notes Source
January 14, 2015   Jairo Arrieta FW   D.C. United For international slot [32]
February 12, 2015   Gustavo DF None Released from club [33]
July 20, 2015   Amobi Okugo MF   Sporting Kansas City Traded for Servando Carrasco [27]
July 30, 2015   Donovan Ricketts GK   LA Galaxy Traded for a second round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft [34]
July 31, 2015   Sean St Ledger DF   Colorado Rapids Placed on waivers. "Serious breach of club policy" cited as a reason. [35][36]

Loan outEdit

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

CompetitionsEdit

Home team is listed first, left to right.

FriendliesEdit

Carolina Challenge CupEdit

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 SoccerEdit

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

Results summaryEdit

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
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

ResultsEdit

StandingsEdit

Eastern Conference tableEdit
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 tableEdit
Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification[a]
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:
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MLS PlayoffsEdit

U.S. Open CupEdit

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

MediaEdit

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 alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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