Adrian Heath is widely considered one of the best managers plying his trade in the United States. At Orlando, he has fashioned an attractive, free scoring team which has dominated minor league soccer for the past four years, with three Regular Season titles and two Championships, and a handful of giant killing performances against Major League teams in the US Open Cup.
Such success attracted the attention of several MLS clubs but in 2013 Heath rebuffed the advances of bigger clubs and committing himself to the team he has helped to build. During his playing days, Heath was known for always giving 100%, and that’s something he demands from his own players. “Supporters want to see you play like they think they would play if they had the opportunity” said Heath. “There’s no excuse for not leaving every last bit of energy on the field”
Heath's playing career started with Stoke City in 1979, where he played three seasons. He appeared in 95 games, scoring 16 goals. He joined Everton in 1982, where he became the club’s top scorer in his first full season. He continued to flourish in Everton’s system, scoring in double figures in every season until 1988.
After leaving Everton, Heath spent the rest of his career on various clubs around Europe. He played for Espanyol in Spain for just a year in 1989. Heath then returned to England and joined Manchester City in 1990, where he enjoyed a successful three years with the club. He appeared in 75 games with City and scored four goals. Heath played for Stoke City again for a brief stint in 1992 before joining Burnley in the later part of the year.
During his three seasons at Burnley, he appeared in 115 games and scored 29 goals. After leaving Burnley for Sheffield United in 1996, he came back to the Clarets in 1997, where he played his final season.
Heath oversees not just the first team at Orlando City, but is responsible for the style and philosophy of play all the way down the Orlando City development pyramid.
Watson brings a wealth of MLS experience to Orlando City. During five years at San Jose, Watson helped guide the team to a playoff berth in 2010 and the club’s second Supporters’ Shield in 2012. He was named interim head coach in June 2013 and closed the season with the best record in MLS at 11-5-3.
In addition to his MLS experience, Watson previously served as assistant coach with the Canadian Men’s National U-20 and senior teams, as well as several years as an assistant with the USL PRO Charleston Battery.
In 2014, Ian Fuller switched to a full-time coaching role after spending the previous three years as a player/coach for the Lions.
Ian Fuller's playing career began in 2002 when he was drafted by Major League Soccer's New England Revolution. After a year with the Revs, Fuller joined the Rochester Rhinos (USL-1) from 2003-04. He then spent a year in Vancouver (USL-1) with the Whitecaps before joining his longest-tenured club, the Charleston Battery, in 2006. After leading the Battery to the 2010 USL-2 title and scoring the winning goal in the Championship Game, Fuller joined the Austin Aztex (USSF D-II) for the remainder of the season and playoffs.
Fuller began his coaching career in 2009 with the Charleston Battery as a player coach, before signing with Orlando City SC in the 2010 offseason, joining in a player/coach capacity alongside Head Coach Adrian Heath.
Marcos Machado started his professional playing career at Sport Recife in Brazil in 1971. During his four years at Recife, Machado put himself on the map. He became the youngest to play in the National Championship in the first division during the 1973 season. Machado joined America Recife Club of Brazil in 1975 and played one season for them before joining Associacao Atletica Santo Amaro in 1977. He played with Santo Amaro from 1977 to 1982, becoming one of the best goalkeepers in Brazil. Machado also played for Esportivo de Bento Goncalves in 1985, Central Sports Clube in 1987, and the Uniao Futebol Clube in 1988 to 1990, winning the Portugal Second Division Championship. Machado continued to play with different squads up until 2000, wending his career with the Central Florida Kraze of the USSL.
In addition to his vast playing experience, Machado brings 15 years of coaching experience to Orlando City. He has been the keeper coach for the Olympic Development Program (ODP) in Florida since 1998, Pine Castle Christian Academy Head Coach from 1998-2000, along with coaching various clubs in Central Florida from 1997. In those 15 years of coaching, he spent six years as Technical Director with two different squads. From 2005-2007, he was the Technical Director for the IUS Elite Boys Program. In 2008, Machado became the Technical Director of the Florida Rush Soccer Boys program.