Orlando City U-23

Orlando City U-23 was an American soccer team based in Lake Mary, Florida, United States. Founded in 1998, the team played in the Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Southeast Division of the Southern Conference. The team was part of the Orlando City SC youth development system,[1] and played the majority of their home games at Seminole Soccer Complex in nearby Lake Mary, Florida.

Orlando City U-23
Full nameOrlando City Under-23s
Founded1998 (as Central Florida Lionhearts)
Dissolved2016
GroundSeminole Soccer Complex
Lake Mary, Florida
Capacity3,666

The team's colors as the Kraze were blue, white and red, while they also occasionally wore forest green.

HistoryEdit

The team was known as the Central Florida Lionhearts during their first year of existence. From 1999 to 2011, it was known as the Central Florida Kraze.

On November 30, 2011, Orlando City Soccer Club announced that it has purchased controlling interest in the Kraze, and would rename the club Orlando City U-23.[2] The team also acquired a different youth club, Florida Soccer Alliance, and integrated them as Orlando City Youth Soccer to create a European-style development system.[3]

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

As of August 10, 2015[4]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
0   GK Braeden Luna
0   GK Mason Stajduhar
1   GK Mitch Thorn
3   FW Ramzey Hassen
4   MF Christian Funes
5   MF Noah Franke
6   DF Michael O'Sullivan
9   DF Bernardo Carabelli
9   MF Nicholas Melo
10   DF Jonathan Coleby
11   MF Andrew Brody
12   FW Freddy Ruiz
13   MF Alexis Martinez
No. Position Player
14   MF Eli Lockaby
15   DF Jeffery George
16   FW Lucas Diniz
17   MF John Nartowicz
19   DF Nicholas O'Callaghan
20   DF Kyle Carr
21   FW Joao Romalho
22   MF Dennis Zapata
23   MF Pedro Codo
25   DF Ian Svantesson
26   MF Jordan Thorpe
27   FW Alexander Norris
28   MF Eli Beates

Notable former playersEdit

This list of notable former players comprises players who went on to play professional soccer after playing for the team in the Premier Development League, or those who previously played professionally before joining the team.

Year-by-yearEdit

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
1998 4 USISL PDSL 6th, Southeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
1999 4 USL PDL 3rd, Southeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2000 4 USL PDL 4th, Southeast Did not qualify 1st round
2001 4 USL PDL 4th, Southeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2002 4 USL PDL 3rd, Southeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2003 4 USL PDL 2nd, Southeast Conference Semi-finals Did not qualify
2004 4 USL PDL 1st, Southeast PDL Champions Did not qualify
2005 4 USL PDL 2nd, Southeast Conference Semi-finals Did not qualify
2006 4 USL PDL 2nd, Southeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2007 4 USL PDL 2nd, Southeast Conference Semi-finals 1st round
2008 4 USL PDL 1st, Southeast Conference Semi-finals Did not qualify
2009 4 USL PDL 6th, Southeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2010 4 USL PDL 4th, Southeast Did not qualify 1st round
2011 4 USL PDL 2nd, Southeast Conference Semi-finals 1st round
2012 4 USL PDL 2nd, Southeast Semi-finals 1st round
2013 4 USL PDL 3rd, Southeast Did not qualify 1st round
2014 4 USL PDL 5th, Southeast Did not qualify Did not qualify
2015 4 USL PDL 7th, Southeast Did not qualify Did not qualify

HonorsEdit

  • USL PDL Southern Conference Champions 2012
  • USL PDL Southeast Division Champions 2008
  • USL PDL Champions 2004
  • USL PDL Southern Conference Champions 2004
  • USL PDL Southeast Division Champions 2004

Head coachesEdit

StadiumEdit

Average attendanceEdit

Attendance stats are calculated by averaging each team's self-reported home attendances from the historical match archive at http://www.uslsoccer.com/history/index_E.html.[permanent dead link]

  • 2005: 308
  • 2006: 271
  • 2007: 451 (8th in PDL)
  • 2008: 358
  • 2009: 261
  • 2010: 333

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Fla. youth giants merge as Central Florida Kraze/Krush joins with Orlando City Archived July 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine (March 1, 2012). nationalsoccerwire.com.
  2. ^ Orlando City acquires Central Florida Kraze Archived February 9, 2012, at the Wayback Machine (November 30, 2011). News release from OrlandoCitySoccer.com.
  3. ^ Orlando City acquires controlling interest in Seminole Soccer Complex & FSA youth club Archived February 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine (December 12, 2011). News release from OrlandoCitySoccer.com.
  4. ^ [1] Archived July 1, 2015, at the Wayback Machine (August 10, 2015).
  5. ^ Orlando City names Paul Shaw as U23 Head Coach

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