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Purple Pipeline: Orlando City Academy U17s, 15s and 13s all win; Orlando City B make MLS NEXT Pro Playoffs


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

MLS NEXT U17: Lions secure win over Clearwater Chargers

The eldest of the youth academy for MLS NEXT Pro grabbed a 2-0 victory over the Clearwater Chargers this past Saturday. Colin Guske and Justin Ellis scored the two goals that helped the U17s secure the shutout victory in the early stages of the season.

Their next match comes on Saturday, Sept. 30, as they play host to Weston FC at Osceola Heritage Park.

MLS NEXT U15: Lions drop seven goals on Clearwater Chargers

It was an offensive clinic this past weekend for the Orlando City U15s, who beat their opponents by a score of 7-0. Two goals each from Jacob Garcia and Alberto Perez led the way for the Lions, while Tanner Miller, Zach Olah and Caleb Trombino each scored as well.

Just as the U17s, they will host Weston FC on Saturday, Sept. 30.

MLS NEXT U13: Lions notch big win over Clearwater Chargers

The youngest of the MLS NEXT age group pulled off a convincing 5-0 win this past weekend.

Just like the other teams, the U13s will host Weston FC on Sept. 30.

MLS NEXT Pro: Orlando City B set to play Columbus Crew II in MLS Next Pro Playoffs

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (Sept. 24, 2023) Orlando City B (13-10-5, 46 points) returned to Osceola County Stadium for its last match of the 2023 regular season against FC Cincinnati 2 (7-16-5, 27 points). After an action-packed second half, the Lions took a 2-1 lead to take all three points on MLS NEXT Pro’s Decision Day.

The Lions were on the attack early with multiple opportunities to score. The goal finally arrived in the 16th minute of the match following a free-kick delivery from Wilfredo Rivera to Jack Lynn for his 19th goal of the season, putting him in the lead for the MLS Next Pro Golden Boot award. The assist was Rivera’s third of 2023.

FC Cincinnati 2 didn’t hold back and re-entered the match with a response from Ryan Belal, who broke free from the Lions' defense and leveled the match. However, the draw was short-lived as The Lions were able to regain control of the match, when Shak Mohammed fought off three Cincinnati defenders and then retook the lead recording his sixth goal of the season.

As they head into the MLS NEXT Pro Playoffs, Orlando City B will face Columbus Crew 2 in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The Lions match against Crew 2 is set for Sunday, Oct. 1, at Historic Crew Stadium on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV, with kickoff scheduled for 5:30 p.m. ET.