Orlando City B

Purple Pipeline: Orlando City Academy U15s clinch playoff spot, go unbeaten at MLS NEXT Flex tournament


Here's a look at the past week for the Orlando City Academy and what's to come for Orlando City B.

MLS NEXT U17: Lions salvage win in final match at MLS NEXT Flex tournament

The young Lions traveled to Boyds, Maryland this past weekend to take part in the MLS NEXT Flex tournament.

After dropping their first two matches, Orlando secured a 3-0 win over Albion San Diego. Jackson Platts, Justin Ellis and Marcos Villanueva got the goals.

They'll face off against Atlanta United back in league play on Saturday, with a chance to clinch their division with a win.

MLS NEXT U15: Unbeaten tourney sends under-15 squad to postseason

Just like the under-17s, the U15s took part in the MLS NEXT Flex tournament, winning all three of their matches and clinching a spot in the MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs.

The young Lions beat FC Dallas 3-1 with goals from Jarell Bonilla, Axel Grimaud and Ryan Basbae. Following up that win, the U15s thrashed SC Del Sol 6-0 with two goals each from Grimaud and Moise Clovis Archange, while Gustavo Caraballo and Ian Morales chipping in the other two. Finally, Orlando finished off the tournament with a 1-0 win over CF Montréal as Caraballo got the game-winner.

The U-15s have clinched their division with a win last weekend and will also face off against Atlanta United back in league play on Saturday.

MLS NEXT Pro: Orlando City B returns home to face Atlanta United 2

Orlando City B (4-3-1, 14 points) will look to remain undefeated at home as it hosts Atlanta United 2 on Friday night. The Lions currently sit in fourth in the MLS NEXT Pro standings, ahead of Atlanta, who sit in seventh.

Kickoff for the match is set for 7 p.m. from Osceola County Stadium at Osceola Heritage Park and will be streamed on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV.