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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.

Valeri scores two more to lead Timbers in thumping of Orlando City

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Diego Valeri's scoring streak has the Portland Timbers rolling.

The Argentinian star scored two more goals on Sunday evening, extending his MLS-record streak to nine consecutive games with a goal in a 3-0 beating of Orlando City. Valeri's goal saw the midfielder take over the lead in the Golden Boot race while the win pushed the Timbers back into second in the Western Conference.

Dom Dwyer, Josef Martinez duel as Atlanta United ties Orlando City in shootout

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Atlanta United had a league-record crowd on their side, and Dom Dwyer and Josef Martinez did their part in entertaining them en route to a thrilling draw.

Josef Martinez provided yet another hat-trick while Dom Dwyer provided two goals and an assist of his own as Atlanta United played Orlando City to a thrilling 3-3 draw.

Orlando City tops D.C. United for first win in two months

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For many reasons, Orlando City was in dire need of a victory, and the Lions got one on Saturday thanks to the play of their forward line.

Dom Dwyer and Cyle Larin combined on Orlando City's opener before Giles Barnes fired a second moments later, sealing a 2-0 win over D.C. United at Orlando City Stadium.

Playoff-hungry Whitecaps seal three points in Orlando

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The Vancouver Whitecaps are on a march towards playoffs, and on Saturday, they gained good ground, while Orlando City took two big steps back.

Behind a goal from Brek Shea and an own goal early on, the Whitecaps edged Orlando City, 2-1, at Orlando City Stadium.

Orlando City, Crew tie in showdown of East playoff hopefuls

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The Orlando City fans could sense the second loud roar of the night coming, especially with the circumstances in front of their club. However, it wasn't meant to be as the Lions tied the Columbus Crew 1-1 on Saturday.

Jason Kreis' men were energized by the entrance of Dom Dwyer, which led to a Giles Barnes equalizer, but they failed to score a second on a night in which they needed three points.

Red Bulls come from behind to beat Orlando City

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The New York Red Bulls logged their third consecutive win at home, this time in a 3-1 come from behind victory over Orlando City at Red Bull Arena on Saturday.

The match winner came courtesy of the club's all-time leading goalscorer, Bradley Wright-Phillips, who scored his fifth goal in four games.

Anthony Jackson-Hamel scores late for Impact in comeback win over Orlando

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Rain or shine, the Montreal Impact relied on their usual late goal-scorer to get what they need.

Anthony Jackson-Hamel was subbed in at the 79th minute and five minutes later scored the game-winning goal, leading the Impact to a 2-1 win over Orlando City on Saturday night in Montreal.

Hector Villalba's late equalizer salvages point at home for Atlanta United

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Hector Villalba has had a flair for the dramatic in the last two weeks, and in the process, he's endeared himself in the hearts of Atlanta United fans.

A week after scoring the game-winning goal in Orlando, Villalba slotted home a stoppage-time equalizer to earn a 1-1 draw between Atlanta United and Orlando City at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday.

After stunning Orlando welcome, Dom Dwyer eager to repay club's faith

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Even Dom Dwyer was stunned as he stepped off the plane to officially announce himself as an Orlando City player. He expected a few people, maybe 20 or 30, there to greet him and welcome him back to a club that helped usher in his rise. Instead, he was greeted by hundreds.

In that moment, Dwyer knew the universe had found a way to work itself out.

Peter Vermes, Sporting KC look to short and long-term flexibility following Dom Dwyer trade

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Sporting KC shocked the MLS landscape on Tuesday afternoon. In the midst of a campaign that has seen the team contend from the offset, the club stunned the league by trading Dom Dwyer, a player long identified as the club's best forward and attacking heartbeat, for a record haul.

Kreis lashes out at refs after Orlando City loss

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Following his team's loss on Wednesday night, Orlando City head coach Jason Kreis couldn't hold his tongue any longer.

After the final whistle blew in the Lions' 3-1 loss to Toronto FC, Kreis had simply had enough and lashed out against the referees of not only this match, but multiple matches this season at home, during the team's press conference.

Giovinco scores twice as TFC collects road victory against Orlando City

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Toronto FC's Designated Players took center stage on Wednesday night.

Behind the team's star forwards, TFC recorded a 3-1 at the expense of Orlando City on Wednesday at Orlando City Stadium.The away side opened the scoring in the 18th minute, with Jozy Altidore scoring his eighth goal of the season.

Major League Soccer

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.

Report: Orlando City chasing Sporting KC's Dom Dwyer

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Could Dom Dwyer be on the move soon?

According to ESPN, Orlando City is "aggressively pursuing" the Sporting KC forward, whose current deal expires at the end of the year.

Over the last week, @OrlandoCitySC have been aggressively pursuing Dom Dwyer.

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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.

Controversial red card for Kaka causes VAR debate

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By the time the fourth official had indicated that there would be four minutes of stoppage time, the crowd at Red Bull Arena had already been entertained. They had already seen four goals, one of which was a curler from distance by Sean Davis, and with the New York Red Bulls up 3-1 on Orlando City, the match seemed to be just about over.

Report: Sporting KC reaches deal to send Dom Dwyer to Orlando City

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One of the most surprising turns of the transfer window appears to be nearing completion.

Sporting Kansas City and U.S. Men's National Team forward Dom Dwyer is being heavily linked with a move to Orlando City, with a deal reportedly nearing completion and involving a massive amount of allocation money.