Orlando City B is a professional soccer team based in St. Paul, Minnesota that competes in the MLS Next Pro league, the third division of American soccer. The team is owned by and operates as the reserve team of the Major League Soccer club Orlando City.
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Orlando City B History
On June 30, 2015, Orlando City SC made the announcement that they would begin operating a USL club in the Central Florida area beginning in the 2016 season. Orlando City and Louisville City, the club that served as Orlando City’s USL affiliate in 2015, have established a “long-term official alliance” in order to replace their previous affiliation arrangement with the team that would serve as their direct USL affiliate.
Additionally, Orlando City stated that Anthony Pulis would be the new team’s head coach. Pulis is the son of Tony Pulis, who has managed a number of English Premier League teams, and he played for the United Soccer League club affiliated with Orlando City SC from 2011 to 2014. Rob Valentino’s decision to hang up his cleats and become an assistant coach for Orlando’s new USL franchise was revealed on August 11, 2015, when it was announced by Arizona United that Valentino would retire from playing.
The team was officially given the name Orlando City B on October 15, 2015, and it announced that its home games will be played in Melbourne at the Titan Soccer Complex, which is located on the campus of Eastern Florida State College. Additionally, OCB made their first-ever player signings announcement, which included defenders Mikey Ambrose and Kyle Callan-McFadden as well as a midfielder named Tony Rocha.
The Video Assistant Referee technology was used for the first time in a competitive match in North America on August 12, 2016, when Orlando City B was playing New York Red Bulls II. It was the first game of its kind in the region. They finished their first season with an overall record of 8th place in the Eastern Conference, which was the final slot needed to qualify for the playoffs. They were eliminated by New York Red Bulls II in the quarterfinals of the Conference. The score was 4-0.
It was announced in November 2016 that the Orlando City Baseball organization would relocate to the brand-new Orlando City Stadium in time for the start of the 2017 season. The squad finished the year in ninth place, falling two points short of qualifying for the playoffs. Despite this, they finished one place better in the overall standings than they did in their first season.
The organization announced its intention to skip the 2018 season on January 12, 2018, while they continued to evaluate their participation in their minor leagues. This was a move that had appeared likely by this point due to the fact that OCB only had one player under contract and had been without a manager ever since Anthony Pulis left to become the manager of Saint Louis FC in November. The club made the announcement in June 2018 that it would become a founding member of USL League One, the United Soccer League’s (USL) new third-tier league, which was slated to begin play in 2019. It was thought that by making this change, Orlando City B would be better able to serve as an upward transitional stepping-stone between Orlando City’s Development Academy and the senior MLS team. On October 3, 2018, the appointment of Fernando De Argila as head coach was made public.
A former head coach and director of the methodology at the Soccer Institute at Montverde Academy, he held those positions in the past. In July of 2019, De Argila was fired from his position after the team won only three of its first 19 games. Due to the fact that the squad finished in last place, Roberto Sibaja served as the temporary head coach for the remainder of the season. In May 2019, the team announced plans to relocate OCB as part of a wider vision to house all of Orlando City’s development pyramid at the same location for the first time, creating a 20-acre training complex at Osceola Heritage Park to house the senior MLS team, OCB, and Development Academy.
This will be the first time that all of Orlando City’s development pyramid will be housed at the same location. As a result of the departure of the minor league baseball team Florida Fire Frogs, Orlando City B will begin using the new stadium beginning with the 2020 season. Marcelo Neveleff, who is now the Director of the Orlando City Academy, was named the new head coach of the squad prior to the start of the season.
The squad made the announcement in October 2020 that it will be leaving USL1 at the conclusion of the season, with the prospect of participating in an MLS reserve league beginning in 2021. Following a pause during the 2021 season, the club made the announcement on the 6th of December, 2021, that it would begin competing in the inaugural 21-team MLS Next Pro season beginning in the 2022 season.
Orlando City B Stadium
Kissimmee, Florida is home to Osceola County Stadium, an open-air sports arena that is a component of the larger Orlando City SC Training Ground at Osceola Heritage Park.
It was formerly a baseball park, but Orlando City SC transformed it into a soccer-specific stadium in 2019 so that it could accommodate the club’s Major League Soccer Next Pro reserve team, Orlando City B, in advance of the 2020 season. It has previously been the home field for the Osceola Astros (1985–1994), the Kissimmee Cobras (1995–2000) of the Class A Florida State League, and the Florida Fire Frogs (2017–2019).