Swift Orlando City SC exit as Armando Carneiro steps down

It was over before it ever really began with the sudden news today that Orlando City SC Chief Soccer Officer Armando Carneiro has STEPPED DOWN from his role with immediate effect.

As reported by the club’s official website, the former Benfica executive has left his position with the Lions due to personal reasons with club president Phil Rawlins set to take his duties for the remainder of the off-season. Continue reading

Lions fans delighted as Neal remains in Orlando City SC loop

We’ve been so busy here at Orlando City UK recently that one piece of news almost slipped through the net but we simply couldn’t forget the fact that Lewis Neal is STAYING in Central Florida!

Lions supporters received the fantastic news last week that the veteran midfielder of over 40 City appearances spread over both Major League Soccer and USL is embarking on a new role for the club having been cut from Adrian Heath’s roster following the conclusion of the 2015 campaign. Continue reading

One in, one out in further Orlando City SC coaching shake-up

In a busy few days for Orlando City SC, the changes keep coming thick and fast this time due to the fact that first team goalkeeping coach Marcos Machado will now join up with the Orlando Pride in the same role while Stewart Kerr has arrived as his replacement.

With Khano Smith having been announced as an assistant coach to Pride first team boss Tom Sermanni last week, the NWSL sides’ backroom staff is slowly coming together nicely. Continue reading

Hall’s replacement sealed as 26-year-old signs with Orlando City SC

Orlando City SC have moved to strengthen their goalkeeping department after the Lions completed a trade for Toronto FC goalkeeper Joe Bendik in return for a conditional fourth-round draft pick in the 2017 edition of the MLS SuperDraft.

Arriving to compete with Earl Edwards Jr, the 26-year-old Marietta, Georgia native made 73 league appearances for the Canadian side between 2013 and 2015 while turning out for the Portland Timbers before that. Continue reading

Orlando City SC Defy Expectations with No.2 Google ranking

It’s official folks. Orlando City SC were the second most searched soccer team in world football for the year that was 2015 as part of Google’s ‘Year of Search’ study.

Beaten only by Spanish giants Barcelona in the internet goliath’s Top 10 Trending Soccer Teams of 2015 subsidiary research project, curious keyboard warriors went online to find out more about Adrian Heath’s team this year than the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid! Some feat aye? Continue reading

‘Devastated’ Fuller dismissed as Orlando City SC assistant coach

In a busy few days for Orlando City SC, all Lions supporters were shocked and saddened to hear about the dismissal of assistant coach and club legend Ian Fuller on Wednesday.

Leaving the Citrus Bowl with immediate effect as reported by Paul Tenorio at the Orlando Sentinel, 36-year-old Fuller was one of the most important figures in City’s rise from USL to Major League Soccer having represented the club as a player between 2011 and 2013. Continue reading

Orlando City SC pick Alston in MLS Re-Entry Draft as first signing

Orlando City SC have finally secured their first signing of the off-season after the Lions selected former New England Revolution full back Kevin Alston in stage two of the MLS Re-Entry Draft.

The 27-year-old Washington D.C. native joins Adrian Heath’s side to add some much needed competition to the back line after racking up 155 Major League Soccer appearances for the Revs in a career at Gillette Stadium that spanned six years. Continue reading

New assistant coach for Orlando Pride as old MLS stager checks in

There was a big announcement for the Orlando Pride yesterday as it was confirmed by the Orlando Sentinel among other sources that ex-Major League Soccer professional Khano Smith has been appointed assistant coach of the new NWSL franchise.

A well-known name in MLS circles, former Bermuda international Smith represented New England Revolution 100 times in the league while also turning out for the New York Red Bulls back in 2009, not to mention a brief spell in England with Lincoln City as part of a playing career that began back in 2003. Continue reading

Orlando Health extends Orlando City SC sponsorship by 6 years

They’ve been the instantly recognisable name on the face of Orlando City SC’s jerseys ever since the USL days and now Orlando Health will remain in focus until 2021 after signing an extended deal with the Lions.

As reported by the Sports Business Journal of late, the not-for-profit community hospital network has not only extended its deal with Orlando City SC but has also expanded it to encompass shirt sponsorship for Orlando City B and the Orlando Pride from 2016 to boot. Continue reading

Orlando City SC star beats Kaka to Latino del Año prize

The Orlando City SC off-season blues have been temporarily abandoned after it was reported yesterday that Darwin Cerén (@CerenDarwin) has been crowned the best Latino footballer in Major League Soccer for 2015.

Officially entitled the Latino del Año award, City’s El Salvadorian international defensive midfielder beat off competition from the Lions’ very own DP Kaka, not to mention Vancouver Whitecaps’ Kendall Waston and FC Dallas’ flying winger Fabian Castillo to scoop the prize. Continue reading