Ford STory

Josh Ford’s Time to Shine in Philadelphia

Last week’s win against New York City FC proved to be fruitful for Orlando City in their fight to make the MLS playoffs, but the match didn’t come consequence free. The intensity of the match thickened as Orlando City goalkeeper Tally Hall went down after a non-contact injury late in the match, leaving him with a torn meniscus in his right knee. This incident resulted in the MLS debut of Josh Ford. Although the game’s last ten minutes were Ford’s first in MLS, he came on with plenty of experience under his gloves.

After four record-breaking seasons with University of Connecticut, Ford saw plenty of NASL starts. After joining Orlando City, Ford went on loan to the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers. “Going on loan and playing with the Strikers gave me a lot of confidence. There is a lot of professionalism in the Strikers Training Camp, and it’s exactly the same here in Orlando,” said Ford.  “The Strikers are in a push to make the playoffs and we’re still looking for a push to make the playoffs, there’s many similarities. [The NASL] is an older league so the guys have been around a while and they take it really seriously.”

Orlando’s win against NYC FC was their fifth in a row and the team poured everything they had into earning all three points while cementing a huge stepping stone in their race for the last playoff spot. When Hall went down on the edge of the box, Coach Adrian Heath immediately had Ford warming up on the sidelines. “It was an unfortunate situation for Tally, but it was nice to come on,” Ford remarked. “I had a lot of support from the guys so it made it easy when I came on.”

Ford finished out the game strong as New York City threw everything they had at Orlando’s goal. “Going into the game on Sunday will be much easier after getting on for the last 10 minutes [against New York].”

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UPDATE: June 10, 2020 - Major League Soccer announced it will restart the 2020 season with all 26 MLS clubs competing in the MLS is Back Tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida beginning July 8. Upon completion of the tournament, MLS plans to continue its regular season with a revised schedule in home markets. The revised schedule may see certain matches from the original 2020 MLS regular season schedule being cancelled or rescheduled. The final number of matches and the schedule for the remainder of the 2020 MLS regular season and related ticket policies will be announced in the coming weeks.