Pro Soccer Cup 2002

Orlando City vs Roma, here the Americans  January 1, 2013 – 00:00

Orlando City vs Roma, that the Americans

Adrian Heath - Preview Orlando City vs AS Roma

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We will see the 'Orlando City SC, opponent of Rome in a friendly which will be played Wednesday, January 2 at Barker Family Stadium in Winter Park , structure capable of holding up to 3, 000 spectators owned by Rollins College. The Orlando City SC is a team of the USL Pro (formally the third level of U.S. soccer after MLS and NASL), founded in 2010 after moving the team from Austin by choice of the British, John Bonner, Phil Rawlins, a former co-owner and manager Stoke City and Brendan Flood, a member of the Board of Burnley (Championship). Reason for the trip the opportunity to build a new stadium in downtown Orlando and one entry into MLS as early as 2015.

With the backbone of the team formed on the basis of their predecessors Austin Aztex, the Orlando City for two years is the best team in the USL Pro league, 2011, after closing head into the regular season, won on penalties with the Harrisburg City Islanders to the USL Pro Championship in the final played at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando in front of over 15, 000 spectators, an absolute record for the category.

In 2012 he wins the Supporters Shield Orlando finishing in the top of the standings at the end of the regular season with 16 points ahead of second place, the Rochester Rhinos, and with the striker Denis Chin scorer with 11 goals. Remarkable then the disappointment resulting from the 4-3 defeat at home with the Wilmington Hammerheads in the semifinals of the playoffs, in front of nearly 8, 000 fans.

Ahead of the match against Roma we talked to the coach Adrian Heath, former Everton star 80s with whom he won two titles, an FA Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup in 1985, and the captain and assistant coach, Ian Fuller.

Mr. Heath, as the team arrives at this friendly considering that you are in the off season?

Indeed we are stuck since last October, the end of the USL Pro playoffs, and we trained for only two weeks specifically for this friendly. Some of our players are not available due to previous commitments, there are two even on their honeymoon. For us, however, will be an opportunity to try out some college kids, a couple of which should be called to the MLS Draft that will be held in January. In addition, the match will showcase some of our guys, starting with the young striker Denis Chin and the left side Senegalese Adama Mbengue, a guy by the excellent technique, capable of changing the games, and for which we have already had the MLS and a couple of European clubs. In addition, there will also be field Jamie O'Conner, Irish, our most experienced player with 500 games behind in England between Stoke, WBA, Burnley and Sheffield Wednesday.


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