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Old 03-17-2011, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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I heard about the Orlando City Soccer Club recently, apparently its a pro team that plays games at the Citrus Bowl, and that's about all I know. Has anyone else heard of the team? It doesn't appear to be affiliated with MLS, so what is it?

I haven't seen much marketing so I'm wondering if this is going to go the same way as the other minor league teams that have been tried here (UFL Tuskers, Orlando O-rays, Solar Bears, etc).
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Old 03-17-2011, 10:27 AM
 
Location: PA/FL/UT
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Orlando City SC is a minor league soccer team. So its lower than MLS. But they want to be a MLS team some day, they want to build their own soccer stadium some day. They are owned by a group of investors, led by the majority owners of Stoke City and Burnley. Stoke is in the English Premiere League (Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal etc). So this isn't a fly by night operation. This team used to be in Austin, Texas, where they were a top minor league team in the country last year. They maintained most of the same team and same coach.

They beat several MLS teams in the preseason at the Citrus Bowl, DisneyWorld and at UCF's soccer field.

I have no idea how long they will last, but they are certainly doing everything the right way. I say go support them!

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