Orlando City SC – MLS Team Preview 2019

Orlando City SC - MLS Team Preview 2019

Orlando City SC - MLS Team Preview 2019

Founded in 2013, Orlando City SC managed to achieve their best result in the inaugural season of 2015, when they finished 14th overall. That season they also qualified for the U.S. Open Cup, however, failed to get further than round 16 a year later. Looking at the last season Orlando City finished last in the Eastern Conference with an overall record of 8-22-4. With a disappointing season, the head coach Jason Kreis was dismissed and replaced by James O’Connor who is not only rescuing a sinking ship but rather excavating a wreck of what Orlando has become.

 

Head Coach: James O’Connor

Former professional soccer player, who played for Stoke, West Bromwich Albion, Burnley, Sheffield Wednesday and at the end of his career at Orlando City has started his coaching career in 2013 when he was appointed as an assistant for Orlando City team. A year after he left to coach Louisville City where he won the USL Championship in 2017. Last season James O’Connor was appointed as the head coach for Orlando City.

 

Transfers

DateNameMoving fromMoving toMode of Transfer
January 16, 2019 Ruan Ponte PretaOrlando CityFree
December 28, 2018 Jhegson Méndez Independiente del ValleOrlando CityTransfer
November 27, 2018 Amro Tarek Wadi DeglaOrlando CityTransfer
December 9, 2018 Tesho AkindeleFC DallasOrlando CityTrade
December 11, 2018 João MoutinhoLos Angeles FCOrlando CityTrade
December 28, 2018 Danilo AcostaReal Salt LakeOrlando CityLoan
January 10, 2019 Alex DeJohn DalkurdOrlando CityFree
January 11, 2019 Santiago Patiño FIU PanthersOrlando CitySuperDraft
December 19, 2018 Greg Ranjitsingh Louisville CityOrlando CityFree
December 19, 2018 Kyle Smith Louisville CityOrlando CityFree
December 31, 2018 Benji Michel Portland PilotsOrlando CityHomegrown player
December 27, 2018 Joe BendikOrlando CityColumbus CrewTrade
December 19, 2018 Earl Edwards Jr.Orlando CityD.C. UnitedTrade
December 11, 2018 Mohamed El MonirOrlando CityLos Angeles FCTrade
December 27, 2018 Yoshimar YotúnOrlando City Cruz AzulTransfer
December 12, 2018 Tony RochaOrlando CityNew York CityTrade
December 11, 2018 Amro TarekOrlando CityNew York Red BullsTrade
December 14, 2018 Donny ToiaOrlando CityReal Salt LakeRe-Entry Draft
January 22, 2019 Stefano PinhoOrlando City PT PrachuapFree
December 9, 2018 PCOrlando CityVancouver WhitecapsTrade
January 30, 2019 Scott SutterOrlando CityVancouver WhitecapsFree

 

Expectations for the 2019 season

First, we need to ask ourselves what went wrong last season. Well, in short, everything went wrong. Orlando finished the season with 28 points. 28 points in the span of 34 games! There is no way to explain why they ended the season with such a bad record, and while there was surprisingly a team that performed worse (San Jose with 21 points), this should not be an excuse. So what was the cause for the bad performance, Orlando’s offence or defence? To be fair it was both. Team conceded 74 goals while only scoring 43. 43 goals in the whole season is the 4th worst record in the league, while 74 goals conceded is the most goals any team has conceded in the season. So what does Orlando need to do to end the season 2019 better? Basically, anything. They fell so low that only winning 9 games would be an improvement. Still, I do believe their ultimate goal is the playoffs, which is fair after all the money they put into the team. At the end of the day, Orlando’s success will come down to consistency, injuries or better yet lack of those and a lot of luck. Whichever way we look at it, they will need to find a way to start winning.