The cut-throat nature of the post-season is already upon us as Orlando City B made wholesale changes to their 2016 roster on Wednesday.
Retaining just five players who competed under Anthony Pulis in the Lions’ inaugural USL season, there were some surprising names departing Titan Soccer Complex.
The players staying in Melbourne for 2017 are Zach Ellis-Hayden and Jake Fenlason who re-signed new contracts while OCB captain Lewis Neal, top scorer from last season Michael Cox and exciting prospect Pierre da Silva remain.
Cut from the Orlando City B roster are Mark Ridgers, Craig Nitti, Antonio Matarazzo, Alejandro García, Johnny Mendoza, Marius Obekop, Andrew Ribeiro, William Eyang and Keegan Smith.
In light of the roster cuts, Orlando City B head coach Anthony Pulis said: “I’d like to thank the guys who are moving on for all their hard work and the way they represented OCB so well to help us reach the playoffs in our inaugural season.
The first of the three individual Orlando City SC franchises to reach the end-of-season playoffs and in their inaugural campaign to boot, Orlando City B’s Anthony Pulis will now look to shape a new-look squad ahead of 2017.
@steveflarmature I expect later this week
— Alicia Rose DelGallo (@OSAliciaD) 2 November 2016