On a freezing cold night in downtown Orlando, tons of supporters poured into the Orlando Citrus Bowl to catch their first glance of this season’s team. For some of the new players, this was their first time in the stadium with the team. Walking onto the pitch in their new kits was an electrifying experience for everyone.
The open training session was the first chance for fans to see midfielder Kevin Molino after his return from injury. Molino suffered from a torn ACL in May of last year, but Coach Adrian Heath says that he’s feeling great. “He’s certainly ready to play,” Heath said.
The players took the pitch in their new away kits, which were unveiled at the training session. “The shirt is absolutely lovely,” Heath said. Complete with a 3-D Orlando City crest and a neckline that displays the team’s crest on the outside and the team’s slogan on the inside, the new kit gives the Lions a sleeker look for their away games. “I think they’re nice,” Striker Cyle Larin said. “It’s up-to-date.”
At the end of the training session, season ticket holders got the chance to meet some of their favorite players. Larin really enjoyed meeting the fans; he said it put an extra bounce in his step. “The first game is gonna be exciting.”