Orlando City start preparing for MLS earlier than expected

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With an unbeaten home record going into the first round of the USL PRO playoffs, Commissioners Cup (league) winners Orlando City were heavy favourites going into their match up against eighth seed Harrisburg City.

Record Setting Season

Everybody expected Orlando - who finished as regular season champions for the third time in four years to - to claim another post season championship before there long awaited leap to the bright lights of the MLS. However a shock 1-0 defeat ended their season. The loss against Harrisburg shocked everybody concerned, especially after Orlando City's record setting campaign which included breaking the record for most wins in a season. 

Kevin Molino Brilliance 

Head Coach Adrian Heath didn't seem overly concerned about his team's loss.

He said: "It’s sad that the record-breaking season has come to an end with that type of performance, but that’s football and that’s the way it is. This might be the last time that a lot of these guys will be together, and that’s the tough part. The guys that have been here for a few years have given unbelievable service to this football club. I’m privileged to have been their coach for four years."

Despite the loss, there is a lot to look forward to for the Orlando City Fans - with a lot of roster changes expected going into their debut season in the MLS. Orlando have just seven players under contract for next season including star player Kevin Molino who took the league by storm in 2014 and was named the leagues Scoring Champion, Golden Boot Winner and Assist Champion. Molino scored a record 20 goals from midfield.

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Other players who are under contract for next year are former Benfica duo, Estrela and Rafael Ramos, Tommy Redding, Tyler Turner Darwin, Ceren and former AC Milan and Real Madrid star Kaka.

Heath indicated after the shock defeat on Saturday that he would be informing players whether they are in Orlando City's plans going forward as he prepares for life in the big leagues a little earlier than anticipated. 

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