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Social Special: Orlando Hand Delivers Their 2016 Copa América Bid

When Orlando City Soccer Club, the Central Florida Sports Commission and the City of Orlando began to put together their pitch to become a host city for the Copa America Centenario USA 2016 tournament - they didn't think small.

Instead of shipping a flash drive and a folder of corresponding documents, they combined to create these beautifully etched aluminum casings to hold an the equally amazing aluminum bound bid inside.

That wasn't the end of it, though. Rather than drop these peices of art off at the post office, two of Orlando City's standout academy players were asked to hand deliver the bid to the US Soccer Federation's offices in Chicago. Gorka Aperribay (U-18 Academy) has commited to play at UCF and Natalie Fouque (U-18 ENCL) who commited to play at Villanova represented the city and the club with pride as they carried the bids throughout Chicago before submitting them at the end of the day.

Check out our social timeline of our trip to Chicago below.



Natalie and Gorka from our Youth Academy with our #ORLCopa2016 bids! Chicago here we come!

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The Orlando Copa América 2016 bid has arrived at MCO. Escorted straight onto a flight to Chicago. #ORLCopa2016 #FlyMCO

Posted by Orlando City Soccer Club on Monday, March 30, 2015

Our motto is #DefyExpectations, so why not take Orlando's #ORLCopa2016 bid to the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere before dropping it off at the US Soccer HQ in Chicago?

Posted by Orlando City Soccer Club on Monday, March 30, 2015

Orlando's #ORLCopa2016 bid 103 stories over Chicago. #DefyExpectations

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Started at Lake Eola in Orlando and ended at the US Soccer Federation offices in Chicago! Orlando's bid to be a host...

Posted by Orlando City Soccer Club on Monday, March 30, 2015

Shortly after dropping off the bids, we jumped on a plane and headed back to Orlando. It was great to see so many people throughout the city comment on the bids or ask about Orlando City, and most of all it was amazing to see Gorka and Natalie reperesent our city and club with such excitement and class.

If you'd like to see Copa America in Orlando, tweet using #ORLCopa2016 and tell us why.


UPDATE: August 8, 2020 - Major League Soccer unveiled the framework of a revised schedule for the remainder of the 2020 season, with the League’s 25th season continuing in the home markets of the 26 clubs beginning August 12. At this time, MLS has announced the initial phase of the revised schedule for U.S. clubs through September 14 and plans to announce the balance of the regular season schedule by early September. More details on schedules for the Canadian teams will be announced in the near future. Attendance at matches will be determined by MLS and club leadership in accordance with applicable state and local guidelines.