ORLANDO – Dec. 28, 2015 – Orlando City SC’s Board of Directors today announced that Armando Carneiro has stepped down from his position as Chief Soccer Officer, citing personal reasons.

Carneiro’s duties will be assumed by Orlando City Founder and President, Phil Rawlins. Rawlins will manage all soccer related activities for the next several months, working closely with the Club’s three head coaches, while a new leader of soccer operations is recruited.

“We fully understand Armando’s personal reasons for stepping down from his role and respect his wishes. We thank him for his help and wish him luck with his future career,” said Rawlins. “Our focus in the next few weeks will be on the upcoming drafts, finalizing our rosters and putting together a successful preseason that will properly prepare all three teams to kick off their 2016 campaigns. Our goal for the coming year is nothing less than reaching playoffs with both the Lions and Pride, and we are keenly focused on achieving that goal for our fans and our Club.”