OC 3: Getting Ready for Commissioner Garber

The following couple of weeks are truly going to decide Orlando's aspirations toward the MLS. Let's check out this week's OC 3. 

3) Toronto FC – As a refresher, Orlando City placed third in last year’s Disney Pro Soccer Classic by defeating Toronto FC 1-0. The win marked Orlando’s second win over an MLS team (previously Philadelphia). Ian Fuller scored the lone goal in the win, bending a low shot into an open net around the 77th minute to give Orlando third place in the PSC. How will Toronto play against Orlando on Saturday? How much of last year’s match does the Canadian team remember? Orlando’s goal is to win the tournament. How hard Toronto’s going to push in their opening match against City, we’ll have to see. 

2) Chance for more major-league competition- In the press-conference after Saturday’s match against Philadelphia, Max Griffin commented on well Orlando City plays against MLS teams. “I feel like it shows all MLS teams that we mean business and we know how to play, and that’s exactly what our Lions team did.” Playing MLS sides gets Orlando that much more prepared for the regular season, which starts in April. The more experience, the better. 

1) MLS – Commissioner Don Garber will be here on March 1 for a fan forum at Mojo Bar and Grill to openly talk to Orlando fans and discuss City as a future expansion market. March 1 marks one of the biggest dates for Orlando in its young history, as City fans get to express to Garber why Orlando would be the best pick for team No. 20. This is time for you, the fans, to come out and tell the commissioner why Orlando should and will be the next MLS franchise. I think the following quote from the Tina Pane Wellman sums it up best. 

“Let the team, the front office, the corporate sponsors, the investors and the City of Orlando do their part, and we will do ours.” 

Doors open at Mojo Bar and Grill at 11:30 a.m., with events starting around 12:30 p.m.

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UPDATE: March 19, 2020 - In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance to postpone events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks, Major League Soccer has extended the postponement of its matches during this period of time. MLS remains focused on playing the entire 2020 season and is evaluating all options, including pushing back the end of the season and playing MLS Cup in December, as the league did prior to the 2019 season. The league is also identifying other available dates. Throughout this process, MLS will continue to prioritize the safety of our fans, players, employees and partners and to coordinate with federal and local public health authorities as well as other sporting organizations..