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Orlando City B
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Full nameOrlando City B
Nickname(s)Lions, OCB
FoundedJune 30, 2015 (3 years ago) (2015-06-30)
Stadium Montverde Academy
Montverde, Florida
Capacity3,500
Owner Orlando City SC
Head CoachFernando Jose De Argila Irurita
League USL League One
2017 (USL)9th, Eastern Conference
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club website
Current season

Orlando City B (or OCB for short) is a USL League One club that began play in 2016. Owned by Orlando City SC and based at the Orlando City Development Academy in Montverde, Florida, the club plays its home games at Montverde Academy. [1] The club played in the United Soccer League, the second tier of the US soccer pyramid in 2016 and 2017 [2], and will play in the newly launched third division, branded USL League One, beginning in 2019. [3]

History

On June 30, 2015, Orlando City SC announced that they would operate a USL club starting in 2016 [4] in the Central Florida area. The team would be their USL affiliate, and Orlando City and Louisville City (their USL affiliate club for 2015) had negotiated a "long-term formal partnership" to replace their affiliation arrangement. [5]

Orlando City also announced that Anthony Pulis would coach the new team. Pulis was a player for Orlando City SC's USL club from 2011–14 and is the son of Tony Pulis, manager of numerous English Premier League sides. [5] On August 11, 2015, Arizona United announced that Rob Valentino would retire from playing [6] and that he would be an assistant coach for Orlando's new USL team. [7]

On October 15, 2015, the club was officially introduced as Orlando City B, with home games to be played in Melbourne at the Titan Soccer Complex on the campus of EFSC campus. [8] In addition, OCB announced its first ever player signings; defenders Mikey Ambrose and Kyle Callan-McFadden and midfielder Tony Rocha. [9]

On August 12, 2016, in a game against New York Red Bulls II, Orlando City B participated in the first competitive match in North America to employ Video Assistant Referee technology. [10] They finished their debut season 8th in the Eastern Conference, the final qualifying spot for playoffs. They lost in the Conference Quarterfinal to New York Red Bulls II 4–0. [11]

In November 2016 it was announced that OCB would be moving to the newly opened Orlando City Stadium in time for the 2017 season. [12] The team finished the season in 9th place, two points short of the playoffs, but finished one place higher in the overall standings than their debut season.

On January 12, 2018, the organization declared its intention to forgo the 2018 season as they continued to assess their minor league participation, a move that had looked likely by this point with OCB only having one player under contract and lacking a manager following Anthony Pulis' departure for Saint Louis FC in November. [13]

In June 2018, the club announced it was to become a founding member of USL's new third tier league, USL League One, scheduled to begin play in 2019. [14] It was hoped the move would lead OCB to better act as an upward transitional stepping-stone between Orlando City's Development Academy and the senior MLS team. On October 3, 2018, Fernando Jose De Argila Irurita was announced as head coach. He had previously been head coach and director of methodology at the Soccer Institute at Montverde Academy. [15]

Location

Tim Holt, Orlando's vice president of development, said that they would be looking for a stadium in Central Florida in order to facilitate the training of emerging players with the MLS team. Holt was the president of USL until May 2015. [4] Eastern Florida State College's stadium was visited by team personnel as a possible location. [16]

On August 21, 2015, the VP for athletics at Eastern Florida State College claimed in a pitch to the Brevard County Tourist Development Council's Sports Commission that the college's Titan Soccer Complex and a stadium in Deland are among the finalists to host games for the USL team. [17] Said plan was approved and the Titan Sports Complex at ECSC was OCB's official home venue for the 2016 season. [8] [9]

For the 2017 season in the USL, Orlando City B played at Orlando City's newly built home stadium, Orlando City Stadium.

For the 2019 season in USL League One, the team moved to Montverde Academy. [18]

Roster

As of November 16, 2018
No. Position Player Nation
Midfielder Jordan Bender ( [B])   United States
Forward Luc Granitur ( [B])   United States
  1. ^ Signed to first team contract with Orlando City SC.
  2. ^ Orlando City SC Academy player.

Staff

Executive
Chairman and majority owner Flávio Augusto da Silva
Chief executive officer Alex Leitão
General manager Mike Potempa
Technical director Oguchi Onyewu
Coaching staff
Head coach Fernando De Argila

Year-by-year

As of November 20, 2017
Year Division League P W L D GF GA Pts Position Playoffs
Conf. Overall
2016 3 USL 30 9 13 8 35 49 35 8th 19th Conference Quarterfinals
2017 2 USL 32 10 10 12 37 36 42 9th 18th Did not qualify
2018 On Hiatus
2019 3 USL1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD

Head Coaches

  • Includes USL regular season and playoffs
Coach Nationality Start End Games Win Loss Draw Win %
Anthony Pulis   Wales June 30, 2015 November 20, 2017 63 19 24 20 030.16
Fernando De Argila   Spain October 3, 2018 Incumbent 0 0 0 0 N/A

References

  1. ^ "Orlando City B Joining USL DIII for 2019 Season". September 10, 2018.
  2. ^ "Orlando City B Elects to Forgo 2018 USL Division II Season". January 12, 2018.
  3. ^ "MLS-owned team becomes fourth announced club in Southeast region". September 10, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Tenorio, Paul (June 30, 2015), Orlando City to own, operate USL franchise in 2016, Orlando Sentinel, retrieved July 31, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Orlando City SC announce plans to field USL team in 2016, ending Louisville affiliation, MLSsoccer.com, June 30, 2015, retrieved July 31, 2015.
  6. ^ Rob Valentino To Retire and Coach With Orlando City SC USL Club, August 11, 2015.
  7. ^ Tenorio, Paul (August 11, 2015), Former Orlando City defender Rob Valentino named assistant coach of USL team, Orlando Sentinel.
  8. ^ a b "USL Welcomes Back Orlando City SC for 2016". United Soccer League. October 15, 2015. Archived from the original on October 16, 2015. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  9. ^ a b Orlando City Announces Orlando City B, Signs Defenders Mikey Ambrose, Kyle Callan-McFadden, Midfielder Tony Rocha, October 15, 2015
  10. ^ Borg, Simon (12 August 2016). "MLS, USL receive IFAB approval for live video assistant referee experiments". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  11. ^ "OCB Season Ends in 4-0 Playoff Loss to New York". The Mane Land. Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  12. ^ Staff, USLSoccer.com (2016-11-29). "OCB Moving to Downtown Venue for 2017". USL Championship. Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  13. ^ "Orlando City B Opts Out of the 2018 USL Season". The Mane Land. Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  14. ^ Staff, USLSoccer.com (2018-09-06). "Orlando City B Becomes USL Division III Founding Member". USL Championship. Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  15. ^ "Orlando City B announces Fernando Jose De Argila Irurita as head coach | Pro Soccer USA". www.prosoccerusa.com. Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  16. ^ Malone, Giles (July 1, 2015), Eastern Florida State Could Be Home To Orlando City Soccer Minor League Team, retrieved August 5, 2015.
  17. ^ Berman, Dave (August 21, 2015), "Melbourne could get soccer team with Orlando City ties", Florida Today, Gannett Company.
  18. ^ https://www.orlandocitysc.com/post/2018/09/06/orlando-city-b-joins-usl-division-iii-inaugural-season

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