The 2014 USL Pro playoffs kicked off on Saturday night, and, given the way the regular season went, one would have been excused for being confident that Orlando City SC was well on its way to going out of the league with a bang, i.e., a third USL Pro Championship. The Harrisburg City Islanders had other ideas, though, prematurely ending OCSC’s playoff run with a 0-1 victory at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex, dashing the hopes of central Floridians everywhere.
While the result is a bummer for OCSC fans, it means now that the club can begin its transition period in earnest. Orlando, which has already been ramping up operations in advance of its first MLS season next year, will be building up its roster and staff to compete in the big league, while figuring out what remnants of its squad that won’t make the MLS roster can be transferred to Louisville City FC, and which players won’t. Let’s have a look at the 2014 roster and make some wildly uneducated guesses, shall we?
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The “Your Soccer Weekend” post is coming later today, but there are a few things we wanted to cover before putting a bunch of dates and times in your face:
1. Holy cow, Seattle Sounders 6-0 Chicago Fire in the US Open Cup semifinals last night. That’s ridiculous, and will probably send Fire head coach Frank Yallop packing at the end of the season. Big time ouch for a team that needed something for fans to cling to as it’s looking tough for Chicago to make the playoffs this year. On the other hand, looks like Sounders have their offense figured out again.
2. A few USL Pro teams can clinch playoff spots this weekend. Orlando City and Richmond Kickers are already pretty much a locks, and are playing for home field advantage from here on out. But LA Galaxy II and the ever-in-the-news Sacramento Republic FC can clinch spots if the cards fall right. For more on how, check out this post from Reckless Challenge.
3. Local college soccer exhibition season starts this weekend, too! Kentucky’s mens team travels to the really gray Highland Heights to face Northern Kentucky on Sunday, and UofL’s mens team hosts Rio Grande TOMORROW at their new soccer complex on Floyd Street. The entire river. Right there in the stadium.
4. Oh yeah, some little league in Merrie Olde Englande starts this weekend, too. Look out for a sidebar in the future for watch parties with the local Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, and Tottenham supporters clubs.
What, the All-Star game and pirated internet feeds of CONCACAF Champions League wasn’t enough for you? Here’s what’s happening in [North] American [sans Mexico] this weekend: Read more »
Tim and Taylor talk about those ever so important European pre-season friendlies, USL Pro expansion, and MLS All-Star game.
Recorded, mixed and produced by Maplex Monk at the Creative Community Studios.
This week’s show features American Outlaws Louisville’s own Brian Davis! He tells us a bit about his trip to see Sporting Kansas City, and his thoughts ahead of the Czech Republic vs. USMNT friendly. Check it out!
Recorded, mixed and produced by Maplex Monk at the Creative Community Studio.
We’ve got Louisville City FC’s first ever team president, Djorn Buchholz, on this edition of the pod! He answers questions about Nebraska, Louisville City’s hopes and dreams as a team, and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. Check it out!
Recorded and produced by Maplex Monk at the Creative Community Studios.