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Orlando City continues to roll with dynamic attack leading the way

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It took some time for Orlando City. The first few weeks were admittedly rocky due to a combination of injuries, chemistry issues and calamity. For a while, there were questions about what the Lions had built and what it would take to get it to click.

Over the past few weeks, that doubt has all but disappeared as the Lions have looked like a legitimate contender.

'Fantastic' Chris Mueller continues strong start with Orlando City

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Orlando City know that they have talent in their attacking front that can change a game in any moment. Veteran striker Dom Dwyer and playmaking midfielder Sacha Kljetsan are two pieces to that puzzle.

This past January, the Lions added another goalscorer in the 2018 MLS Draft, drafting Wisconsin forward Chris Mueller with the sixth overall pick.

First-half finishes lead Orlando City to comfortable road win over Union

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CHESTER, Pa. Orlando City had to fight for every inch a week ago to claim all three points at home against the Portland Timbers. On Friday, they made their few opportunities count as they pounced on the Philadelphia Union for a comfortable victory.

A pair of clinical first-half finishes by Dom Dwyer and rookie Chris Mueller propelled the Lions to their third consecutive victory, easing past the Union 2-0 at Talen Energy Stadium.

Jason Kreis hails 'incredible' Orlando City comeback

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With just 10 minutes remaining, Orlando City found themselves in a dire spot. Down a pair of goals on home turf, and in the midst of a frustrating run to open the season, the Lions were in need of some positive vibes as they looked to build some momentum from a win over the New York Red Bulls last time out.

Timbers capitulate in Orlando as Lions seal late win

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The Portland Timbers looked well on their way to their first win of the season, but a late collapse saw the Western Conference side fall to a stunning loss.

Up two goals through 80 minutes, the Timbers conceded three times in the final 10 in a 3-2 loss to Orlando City. With the loss, the Timbers remain winless on their five-game season opening road trip.

Orlando City prevails in back-and-forth win over Red Bulls

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Orlando City recorded their first win of the season against the New York Red Bulls in a match that saw almost everything, from goals to dirty fouls and controversial calls.

The match finished after seven goals were scored, with the home side prevailing, 4-3, at Orlando City Stadium.

Things got started quickly when the visitors opened the scoring after seven minutes.

Kljestan looking forward to first match against former team when Red Bulls visit Orlando

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Sacha Kljestan and Orlando City are still very much in an adjustment phase. The veteran midfielder is still getting familiar with his new home after missing the season's opening matches due to suspension while the Lions have struggled to find much cohesion on the field.

But now, as Orlando looks for its first win, the club's star midfielder will come face to face with a familiar club.

Orlando City still 'a little bit off' but not hitting the panic button quite yet

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Orlando City's results have been way below expectations. For a team widely expected to compete for a playoff position, the Lions have grabbed just one point from their first three matches, digging a slight hole to start the 2018 season.

Still, despite the mistakes and the frustration that has come because of them, Orlando City isn't ready to panic.

Second half goals lead NYCFC past sloppy Orlando City

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It wasn't the prettiest win of the season but, with David Villa out of the lineup, NYCFC will be just fine with Saturday's result.

Ismael Tajouri and Maxi Moralez provided goals on Saturday as NYCFC topped Orlando City, 2-0, at Yankee Stadium.

The first goal finally came in the second half, and it was a calamitous one.

Orlando City optimistic ahead of Sacha Kljestan's debut

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For an offseason of mass rebuild, with over a dozen faces coming in and out of the club, Orlando City's new-look lineup has brought in only the same old results.

While a draw and a loss, both at home to considerably weaker opponents, in their first two games has the Lions off to a poorer start than anticipated, the absences of several key starters including all three of Designated Players has highlighted the two disappointing affairs.

Ethan Finaly's brace earns Minnesota United three points in Adrian Heath's return to Orlando

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ORLANDO, Fla. Ethan Finlay gave his head coach the perfect homecoming gift.

Finlay bagged a brace a goal in each half to help Minnesota United to three points in Adrian Heath's first game in central Florida since being fired by Orlando City in 2016 with a 2-1 victory over the Lions at Orlando City Stadium on Saturday night.

Justin Meram shines in Orlando City debut

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ORLANDO, Fla. While Stefano Pinho stole the show on Saturday night with his game-tying goal in the 93rd minute, Justin Meram was arguably the talk of the town after the match following his debut for Orlando City in the Lions' 1-1 comeback draw against D.C. United at Orlando City Stadium.

Orlando City's late equalizer steals a point from D.C. United

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ORLANDO, Fla. Orlando City has a history of game-tying goals in stoppage time on opening day, and Saturday night was no different.

A 10-man Lions side came back at the death to steal a point from D.C. United with a 93rd minute goal finish 1-1 at Orlando City Stadium.

Yamil Asad scored the only goal of the night for the visiting side, which didn't arrive in central Florida until about eight hours before kickoff due to bad weather up north delaying their flights.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Orlando City

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They don't hand out trophies for offseason champions. It's not a real award and, even if it was, it isn't one you'd necessarily want.

Regardless, Orlando City is a team that went into the offseason with an aggressive mindset and, when all was said and done, they emerged with a rebuilt roster that looks set to finally contend for a playoff spot.

Orlando City CEO rips 'troublemaker' Cyle Larin following controversial transfer

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It's safe to say the bridge to Orlando City is officially burned for Cyle Larin.

In the aftermath of the forward's controversial transfer to Besiktas, Orlando City CEO Alex Leitao was highly critical of Larin's behavior leading up to and during the move. The executive cited his 17 years in the soccer business while adding he'd never encountered a situation quite like the one caused by Larin's move.

The SBI View: Offseason moves set Orlando City up for much-needed postseason appearance

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Orlando City is under pressure to win.

The much-hyped club with a passionate fan base entering its fourth year of existence needs to find itself in the top six of the Eastern Conference at the end of the 2018 season.

Any other result will be deemed unacceptable, just like it has been for each of the last three seasons as other expansion sides New York City FC and Atlanta United have clinched postseason berths.

Justin Meram excited for new challenge in Orlando after making difficult decision to leave Columbus

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Deep down, Justin Meram knew it was time to move on. He'd been with the Columbus Crew for seven years and, in those seven years, he'd grown into one of the league's elite wide players while coming close to an MLS Cup on several occasions.

But Meram knew it was time, prompting an offseason trade request.

MLS Ticker: Sounders sign Magnus Wolff Eikrem, Orlando adds Rosell and more

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The Seattle Sounders midfield just got even deeper ahead of the 2018 Major League Soccer season.

The defending Western Conference champs, announced the signing of midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem on Tuesday. Eikrem, 27, has played with Swedish outfit Malmo FF since 2015 playing in 79 matches throughout his time there.

Orlando City sells Cyle Larin to Besiktas

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The tumultuous Cyle Larin transfer saga is over.

Orlando City announced in a strongly-worded press release on Tuesday that it came to an agreement for the Canadian forward with Turkish club Besiktas.

The Lions expressed anger in the release about how the situation was handled by Larin, his representatives and Besiktas.

Report: Justin Meram traded to Orlando City

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Justin Meram's time in Columbus appears to be coming to an end.

Sources tell ESPN FC that the winger has been traded to Orlando City in exchange for $750,000 in Targeted Allocation Money, $300,000 in General Allocation Money and an international roster spot.

Meram was drafted 15th overall by Columbus in the 2011 MLS Draft.

Cyle Larin spotted training with Besiktas after skipping first day of Orlando City preseason

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The transfer drama surrounding Cyle Larin is getting even crazier as it doesn't look like the striker will be showing up to the club's preseason camp any time soon.

After skipping out on Orlando City practice on Monday, Larin was spotted in Turkey training with his potential new club Besiktas.

Report: Cyle Larin misses first day of Orlando City preseason as transfer drama continues

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The Cyle Larin saga continued through the first day of preseason.

Larin was reportedly absent on Monday as Orlando City began preseason training ahead of the 2018 season. The Canadian star's absence comes in the wake of transfer drama surrounding a move to Besiktas, which was announced by the Turkish club despite Larin's ongoing contract with the Lions.

Orlando City acquires Homegrown Lindley from Fire in exchange for Ramos, TAM

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Orlando City added a Homegrown midfielder via trade on Thursday.

The club announced a trade for North Carolina midfielder Cam Lindley, who joins from the Chicago Fire in exchange fordefender Rafael Ramos and $100,000 in Targeted Allocation Money. With the deal complete, Lindley also signed a four-year deal with the Lions.

Report: Besiktas announces Larin move, Orlando City deny deal

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Cyle Larin is officially in the middle of a transfer saga.

Turkish powerhouse Besiktas announced that Larin was undergoing a medical with the club on Saturday ahead of a potential deal. However, according to, Orlando City officials insist that Larin is still under contract while adding that the club plans to take action against Besiktas.

SBI Question of the Day: Will Feilhaber or Kljestan find more success with new team?

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Two of American soccer's premier playmakers were traded on Wednesday. Benny Feilhaber and Sacha Kljestan have long been regarded as two of the more creative and technical midfielders in MLS, and both will have very new challenges in 2018.

After several weeks of speculation, Kljestan was traded to Orlando City, where he will be tasked with replacing the retired Kaka.

Dom Dwyer signs contract extension with Orlando City

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Dom Dwyer's stay with Orlando City will be a prolonged one.

Orlando City announced Wednesday that the forward has signed a three-year extension with the club. Dywer was acquired by Orlando City over the summer for a then-MLS record fee $1.6 million in allocation money.

"We are happy to have reached an agreement that both Dom and the Club can be proud of," Orlando City General Manager Niki Budalic said.

Kljestan trade fits for both Red Bulls, Orlando City

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For the past several seasons, the New York Red Bulls have been working to get younger. Throughout that process, though, the club has made several tough decisions. They made another recently by moving the team's captain for the second straight season in a move that seemingly fits for all involved.

Sacha Kljestan traded to Orlando City for Carlos Rivas, Tommy Redding

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Midfielder Sacha Kljestan is officially on his way to Florida.

The New York Red Bulls confirmed reports of a deal sending the midfielder to Orlando City along with $150,000 in Targeted Allocation Money in exchange for forward Carlos Rivas and defender Tommy Redding.

"We are thrilled to bring Sacha to Orlando," Orlando City general manager Niki Budalic said.

Report: Sacha Kljestan traded to Orlando City for Carlos Rivas, Tommy Redding

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Sacha Kljestan's name has been floated out in trade rumors for most of the offseason, and it appears that he's found a new team.

According to an ESPN report, Orlando City will acquire Kljestan along with $150,000 in Targeted Allocation Money from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for winger Carlos Rivas and defender Tommy Redding.

Orlando City acquire Jose Villarreal from LA Galaxy

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Orlando City sent a third round pick in the 2019 MLS Draft to LA Galaxy in exchange for midfielder Jose Villarreal.

Villarreal had been a part time player at the StubHub Center since 2012, when he became the club's second ever Homegrown signing. He made 68 appearances for the club in six seasons, scoring five goals and notching six assists.

Orlando City heads into offseason with penty of room for improvement

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Jason Kreis' first full season in charge of Orlando City started better than most expected, and finished worst than most expected.

The Lions were cruising into May atop the standings and riding one of the best starts in MLS history. The new downtown stadium was a fortress, and visiting teams seemingly had no chance of leaving with points in hand.

Union destroy Orlando City behind trio of two-goal performances

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CHESTER, PA The Philadelphia Union's regular-season finale may have been meaningless to the standings, but it carried plenty of meaning for the club.

The Union won just their second regular-season finale on Sunday 6-1 over Orlando City as C.J. Sapong broke the club's single-season scoring record and Brian Carroll celebrated his retirement.

Crew escape with win in Kaka's final match in Orlando

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Kaka's final game in Orlando ended in defeat as the Columbus Crew boosted their push towards the playoffs.

A second half goal from Ola Kamara boosted the Crew in a 1-0 win over Orlando City at Orlando City Stadium. The win keeps the Crew's hopes of securing a home game in the opening round of the playoffs alive heading into the final week.

FC Dallas' playoff hopes take hit with tie in Orlando

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At this point in the season, FC Dallas needs every point it can get, but Oscar Pareja's side could only get one from Orlando on Saturday.

Orlando City held FC Dallas in a 0-0 draw on Saturday, putting a dent in FC Dallas' playoff hopes. With the draw, the door opens a bit for the Houston Dynamo and Real Salt Lake, who are battling with FCD for a spot out West.

Orlando City exacts revenge on Revolution with home beatdown

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Orlando City hit the six-goal mark in a game for the first time this season, rolling past the 10-men New England Revolution 6-1 on Wednesday evening.

Jason Kreis saw five different players get on the scoresheet with Kaka leading the way with a brace. VAR was used in this match, as Xavier Kouassi was sent off in the 11th-minute.

Major League Soccer

A look at the most hopeful, hopeless teams in MLS ahead of the 2018 season

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The offseason is all but over, and the 2018 MLS campaign is upon is. Roster moves have been made, and all 23 clubs that will compete this year, including the new expansion side, are eager and excited to get the ball rolling.

Some with good reason. Some without.

The 2018 MLS season will kick off this weekend, and all the teams and their fans are heading into the year with that offseason twinkle in their eyes.

MLS Ticker: Galaxy acquire rights to Bingham, FC Dallas signs Maurer and more

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The LA Galaxy appear to have an answer at goalkeeper.

The Galaxy acquired the rights to goalkeeper David Bingham from the San Jose Earthquakes on Monday.

Bingham isn't signed with the Galaxy yet, but the club now has the opportunity to discuss terms without any other contenders in MLS for the out-of-contract American.

Kaka announces retirement from soccer

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It turns out Orlando City was the last stop in Kaka's career.

The Brazilian, who left the option open to play in 2018 away from MLS, announced his retirement on Sunday.

It was much more than I could ever imagined. Thank you!

Kaka to leave Orlando City at the end of the season

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Orlando City midfielder Kaka will not renew his contract with the team at the end of this season.

"As you all know my contract with Orlando City ends this year. My final decision is not to renew," Kaká said at a press conference on Wednesday.

He is not retiring from the game, contrary to rumors that swirled leading up to the press conference.

The Rest

Cyle Larin thanks Orlando City in goodbye message

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Orlando City may be upset with Cyle Larin over the manner in which things played out in recent weeks, but he certainly does not seem to share those hard feelings.

A day after Larin was officially sold to Besiktas following an ugly transfer saga that lasted several weeks, the Canadian striker published a goodbye message on his Twitter account on Wednesday.