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MLS Disciplinary Committee Decisions for this Week

NEW YORK (Wednesday, July 3, 2019) – The MLS Disciplinary Committee has found Vancouver Whitecaps FC defender Ali Adnan in violation of the league’s policy regarding hands to the face, head or neck of an opponent. Adnan has been issued an undisclosed fine for his actions in the 36th minute of Vancouver’s match against Seattle Sounders FC on June 29 (VIDEO).

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has found Seattle Sounders FC defender Joevin Jones in violation of the league’s policy regarding entering the field of play. Jones has been issued an undisclosed fine for his actions in the 90+ minute of Seattle’s match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on June 29 (VIDEO).


MLS Disciplinary Committee Decisions for this week

NEW YORK(Friday, July 5, 2019) – The MLS Disciplinary Committee has issued Orlando City SC defender Robin Jansson an undisclosed fine for failing to leave the field in a timely and orderly manner following his red card in the 43rd minute of Orlando’s match against the Philadelphia Union on July 3. (VIDEO). 

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has issued Houston Dynamo defender Maynor Figueroa an undisclosed fine for failing to leave the field in a timely manner following his red card in the 90+ minute of Houston’s match against the New York Red Bulls on July 3. (VIDEO).



Tonight’s Crew SC oponent, Orlando City SC, still searching for that winning culture

Orlando City Soccer Club is an American professional soccer club in Orlando, Florida, that competes as a member of the Eastern Conference in Major League Soccer (MLS). Orlando City SC began play in 2015 as an expansion team and is the first MLS franchise in the state since Miami Fusion and Tampa Bay Mutiny folded following the 2001 season. The team plays at Exploria Stadium in Downtown Orlando.


On October 25, 2010, Phil Rawlins and his investor group of Orlando City Soccer Club, announced their intentions of joining Major League Soccer within the next three to five years. On February 28, 2011, Orlando City announced it met with commissioner Don Garber and league officials concerning expansion. Topics covered included the demographics of the Orlando marketplace, the local corporate and fan support for soccer, and developing a roadmap for a future MLS franchise in Orlando. Orlando City team officials met with Commissioner Don Garber again on November 10, 2011 for further discussions about joining the MLS as its 20th club (which ultimately went to New York City) in 2013.

Brazilian World Cup-winner Kaká was the team’s first Designated Player.

On March 1, 2012, Garber visited Orlando to meet with city and county officials. He stated, “It’s not a matter of if, but when”, when addressing Orlando’s chances of joining MLS. On August 31, 2012, Rawlins told the Orlando Business Journal the team could get the Major League Soccer approval as early as late 2013, and be ready to play in the league by 2014 or 2015. Rawlins said to make that happen, the league had asked the team to explore building a 22,000-seat soccer-specific stadium. “They didn’t say we had to have a stadium built before we could join, but they at least would like a plan that it’s happening.”

On November 19, 2013, Orlando City SC was announced as the league’s twenty-first franchise. The team’s new logo was unveiled in May 2014 and the team signed their first player to an MLS contract, former Brazil international Kaká, a month later. Kaká, who also became the team’s first Designated Player after his release from A.C. Milan, was immediately loaned to São Paulo until the start of the season. In the same month, Orlando City announced a partnership with Benfica. As part of that partnership, Orlando City later signed two players from the Benfica’s U19s – Estrela and Rafael Ramos – to MLS contracts on August 7, 2014. On November 21, 2014, Adrian Heath signed a contract extension committing him to the club through to the end of the 2017 MLS season. As an expansion team, Orlando had first pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, and used it to pick Canadian forward Cyle Larin.

Brek Shea playing against the Houston Dynamo in a game during the 2015 season

The team hosted their first MLS game at the Citrus Bowl on March 8, 2015, against fellow expansion team New York City FC, in front of a crowd of 62,510. Kaká scored the club’s first goal in stoppage time to earn a 1–1 draw. In the following game, they defeated Houston Dynamo 1–0 on the road, marking their first victory. On March 21, Orlando conceded a late stoppage time goal to Octavio Rivero of Vancouver Whitecaps for their first defeat. In their inaugural season Orlando City finished 7th in the Eastern Conference and 14th in the overall standings, falling short of the playoffs by one point. Larin scored 17 goals across the season, breaking Damani Ralph‘s record of 13 as a rookie and earned the MLS Rookie of the Year Award.

Midway through the 2016 season, following disappointing results and performance of the team, long time head coach Adrian Heath was fired in July 2016. In that same month, Orlando City announced Jason Kreis as the franchise’s new head coach. However, the Lions ended the season missing the playoffs once again.

In 2017, the Lions moved to the purpose built Orlando City Stadium. The team once again struggled and attempted to improve during the summer transfer window by acquiring Sporting Kansas City striker Dom Dwyer who had played for Orlando City’s USL Pro team on-loan in 2013, most notably scoring 4 goals in the USL Pro Championship Final. The club traded incentives totaling to $1.6 million, a record trade between two clubs within MLS. At the end of the season, Kaká announced that he would not return for Orlando City and soon after confirmed his retirement.

Fifteen games into the 2018 season, Orlando City released head coach Jason Kreis after a 6–8–1 record to start the season and an overall 21–29–14 MLS record over nearly two seasons.[24] Two weeks later, USL club Louisville City FC announced head coach James O’Connor, a former defender and assistant coach of the original Orlando City franchise, was to become Kreis’s replacement. However, O’Connor only managed 2 wins in his 18 games in charge in 2018 as City missed the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season and also set a new MLS record with 74 goals conceded on the year.


Main article: Exploria Stadium
Orlando City Soccer Stadium

Orlando City Stadium

In April 2013, the City of Orlando purchased downtown land for $8.2 million to be used towards the construction of a $110 million MLS soccer stadium. However, in May, the Florida House of Representatives failed to vote on a bill that had passed the Senate that would have provided up to $30 million in state funds towards the stadium project. Rawlins responded by expressing his intent to find alternative funding and keep seeking MLS expansion. The mechanism to allow for the sales tax rebate for the MLS team was ultimately passed on April 25, 2014.

The Orlando downtown soccer stadium moved closer to securing funding on August 8, 2013, when Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer reached an agreement on a deal to provide financial support for a variety of Orlando projects including the new MLS soccer stadium. The last piece in stadium funding was an October 2013 vote on using an existing tourism tax to fund the final quarter of the $80 million stadium project. On October 22, 2013, the Orange County Board of Commissioners voted 5–2 to approve the use of $20 million in tourist development tax funds to build an $84 million multi-purpose soccer stadium in downtown Orlando.

On May 29, 2015, after two years trying to get funding from the state of Florida, Augusto da Silva announced that the stadium would be built with 100% private funds and would be owned and operated by the club. He also announced the capacity would be increased to between 25,000 and 28,000 and that the club would buy the initial location from the City of Orlando.

On March 5, 2017, Orlando City hosted New York City FC in the stadium’s inaugural match to begin the 2017 season. Cyle Larin scored the first goal in stadium history as Orlando City won 1–0 in front of a sellout crowd of 25,550.

In 2017, Exploria Stadium became the first venue to host an MLSNWSL, and USL team all in the same location.

The stadium has also played host to several nationally relevant matches. On October 6, 2017, the United States Men’s National Team played its 2018 World Cup Qualifier against Panama in the stadium. The following week the 2017 NWSL Championship game between North Carolina Courage and Portland Thorns was also played there.

On June 4, 2019, the naming rights to the stadium were sold to Florida-based time share and vacation rental company Exploria Resorts. As a result, the stadium was renamed Exploria Stadium.

Exploria Stadium is set to host the 2019 MLS All-Star Game.

Camping World Stadium

Camping World Stadium (pictured), Orlando City’s home venue for their first two seasons.

Prior to the completion of Orlando City’s soccer specific stadium, the Lions had occupied the then named Citrus Bowl for their first two seasons in Major League soccer, which the team had also invested in for renovations. In the opening home matches of the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Orlando City ran their “fill the bowl” campaign which led to sell-out crowds of over 60,000. Orlando City had averaged over 30,000 in attendance in their home matches while using the stadium.

Colors and badge

The current logo of Orlando City was unveiled in 2014. The main aspects of the franchise’s identity carried over from the previous logo of the USL pro team. New features and changes were introduced representing a transition, of the franchise, into the top tier of the United States’ soccer pyramid. The logo consist of a gold Lion face with 21 sun flares as its mane in a purple shield, with a white outline being the official colors of the team. The number of flares represents the club as the twenty-first team in MLS, while the mane also forms a sun in reference to Florida’s nickname as The Sunshine State. The team name is also seen in the logo in white.


Assistant coach Daniel Byrd and head coach James O’Connor at a 2017 match with their former team, Louisville City FC

As of May 29, 2019
Chairman and Majority Owner Flávio Augusto da Silva
Owner John Bonner
Minor owner and president Phil Rawlins
Chief executive officer Alex Leitão
Executive VP of soccer operations Luiz Muzzi
Academy director Marcelo Neveleff
Coaching staff
Head coach James O’Connor
Assistant coach Daniel Byrd
Assistant coach Sean McAuley
Goalkeeping coach Thabane Sutu

Team records

List of seasons[edit]

Year MLS Regular season Position MLS Cup
U.S. Open Cup Champions
League top scorer
P W D L GF GA Pts Conf. Overall Player Goals
2015 34 12 8 14 46 56 44 7th 14th DNQ QF Not eligible Canada Cyle Larin 17
2016 34 9 14 11 55 60 41 8th 15th DNQ R16 DNQ Canada Cyle Larin 14
2017 34 10 9 15 39 58 39 10th 18th DNQ R4 DNQ Canada Cyle Larin 12
2018 34 8 4 22 43 74 28 11th 22nd DNQ QF DNQ United States Dom Dwyer 13
2019 16 5 3 8 22 22 18 TBD TBD TBD TBD DNQ Portugal Nani 8

Head coaches

  • Includes MLS regular season, MLS playoffs, CONCACAF Champions League, and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
As of matches played June 26, 2019


All-time Orlando City SC coaching stats
Name Nationality From To P W D L GF GA Win%
Adrian Heath England November 21, 2014 July 6, 2016 55 19 16 20 83 94 34.55
Bobby Murphy (interim) United States July 7, 2016 July 23, 2016 4 0 3 1 4 6 0.00
Jason Kreis United States July 24, 2016 June 15, 2018 65 22 13 30 90 117 33.85
Bobby Murphy (interim) United States June 16, 2018 July 1, 2018 3 1 0 2 7 1 33.33
James O’Connor Ireland July 2, 2018 present 36 9 6 21 46 62 25.00
Total 163 51 38 74 231 280 31.29



Atlanta United FC Game Preview for U.S. Open Round of 16 Matchup with Crew SC

The Fifth Round of the U.S. Open Cup pits Atlanta United against Eastern Conference foes Columbus Crew. Both teams needed second-half surges to get past plucky second-division sides last week, but with silverware just a few wins away, both will be pushing for a victory to survive and advance to the quarterfinals in the oldest cup competition in the United States.

It all kicks off at 7:00 p.m. ET from MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

Atlanta United (1-0-0)

With the Charleston Battery in the rearview mirror, it’s all eyes forward for the Five Stripes, who now find themselves in the final sixteen teams for a chance at their second piece of silverware in two years.

The team will be without Josef Martinez, who is off representing his home country of Venezuela against the cream of the crop in South America at this summer’s Copa America tournament. But the good news for United fans is Ezequiel Barco is back with the team after capturing the headlines as one of the most impressive players at this summer’s U-20 World Cup. Last week saw Frank de Boer shuffle his pack, with Romario Williams leading the line in front of Andrew Carleton, with the second half substitutions of Justin Meram and Brandon Vazquez proving to be game-changers and match-winners. Will head coach Frank de Boer line  up with the same starters, or will he give the players who came on as substitutes a chance to prove themselves in the starting lineup?

Meanwhile, it’s a full compliment in the back line at De Boer’s disposal, outside of George Bello who is still on the comeback trail from his groin injury. Jeff Larentowicz and Darlington Nagbe protected the back line from the middle of the park last week, while Eric Remedi is fit for selection as well after coming off the bench against Charleston. And De Boer opted for Brek Shea and Franco Escobar lining up outside of Miles Robinson and Florentin Pogba in the middle last time out –– but Leandro González Pirez and Michael Parkhurst are fit and ready to step right into the lineup as well. Atlanta United has won four out of the five regular-season match against the Crew in their history so far –– but the 17s need no reminder how the match ended the last time these two met in knockout play. They’ll be hoping for a little revenge back on Columbus’ home pitch this week.




Philadelphia Union Midfielder Ilsinho named MLS Player of the Week



NEW YORK (Monday, June 10, 2019) – Philadelphia Union midfielder Ilsinho was voted the Major League Soccer Player of the Week for the 15th week of the 2019 MLS season.

Ilsinho scored two goals and registered an assist in 37 minutes of action in Philadelphia’s 3-2 victory over the New York Red Bulls at Talen Energy Stadium on Saturday. On the season Ilsinho has now compiled four goals and five assists. Philadelphia sits atop the Eastern Conference with 31 points (9-4-4 overall record).

The Union were trailing 2-0 when Ilsinho entered the match in the 53rd minute, with the midfielder making an immediate impact by providing the assisting pass on Jamiro Monteiro’s 60th minute goal (watch assist).

The Brazilian then scored the equalizing goal in the 61st minute when he dribbled past two defenders into the box and sent a right-footed shot far post (watch goal). Ilsinho capped his super-sub appearance by scoring the game-winning goal in the 71st minute, rebounding a deflected penalty kick attempt and finishing with a left-footed shot to help the Union complete the comeback (watch goal).

Philadelphia returns to regular season action on Wednesday, June 26 when traveling to face the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium (7 p.m. ET, ESPN+).

The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season through both media and fan voting in a process conducted by MLS Communications. A panel of journalists from the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) comprises 75 percent of the vote, while a Twitter fan vote represents the remaining 25 percent of voting. NASR consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.



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