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Orlando City B at New York Red Bulls II: Final Score 5-1 as 9-Man Lions Routed on Road

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On a historic night at Red Bull Arena, nine-man Orlando City B was hammered 5-1 by New York Red Bulls II. Apart from the dominating performance by the home side, the game also saw the first video replay in professional soccer with the new video assistant referee (VAR) system coming into play early and being used twice in the match.

It was a rough start for OCB as the Lions had trouble keeping possession in the midfield. Their inability to build an attack resulted in an early eighth-minute deficit. Florian Valot brought the ball down the left and played it into the box. As it bent toward the back post, OCB center back Conor Donovan slid in to clear the ball, however, he inadvertently knocked it past goalkeeper Mark Ridgers for an own-goal and an early 1-0 New York Red Bulls II lead. It was the start of a bad night for Donovan.

The Red Bulls nearly doubled on multiple occasion through midfielder Junior Flemmings in the early minutes. In the 13th minute, Flemmings was the beneficiary of a mistake by Ridgers, which gave him a look at goal but his shot missed wide. Just three minutes later, Flemmings had another opportunity, receiving a ball inside the box. Finding some space to take a shot on goal, Flemmings forced Ridgers into a fine save.

The Lions’ first chance of the game came through Richie Laryea in the 12th minute. As Pierre Da Silva brought the ball inside from the left, he played it for Laryea, who found some space for a shot on goal. However, his shot was hit wide of Ryan Meara’s right goal post for a Red Bulls goal kick.

The Lions got their second chance in the 22nd minute, when a free kick by Da Silva lifted into the box. But no one in purple could get on the end of it and Meara caught it with ease.

Things got worse for the Lions in the 36th minute. Flemmings was fouled by Donovan just outside of the box, giving the Red Bulls a free kick. Before play could be restarted, the first implementation of the VAR occurred. After a short view of the video, referee Ismail Elfath deemed that Donovan had denied an obvious goal scoring opportunity and the defender was subsequently issued a red card, putting the Lions down to 10 men.

The second half started as the first half ended, with the Red Bulls dominating possession and OCB defending desperately. Just two minutes into the second half, Brandon Allen found himself in front of goal but was denied by the save of the game. Allen played the ball on goal but Ridgers dove to his left making a remarkable one-handed save.

The Red Bulls finally doubled their lead in the 62nd minute. After receiving the ball down the right from Noah Powder, Flemmings played the ball across into the box. OCB left back Antonio Matarazzo slid in attempt to clear the ball but it got caught under his arm, resulting in a Red Bulls penalty. Allen stepped up and buried the ensuing spot kick past Ridgers to give the home side a 2-0 lead.

Just four minutes after the penalty, the Red Bulls made it three. Valot found himself with room on the right and sent in a cross. The cross found Devon Williams at the top of the box, who hit the ball first time for a beautiful goal past Ridgers, making it 3-0.

The Lions did get one back two minutes later in the 68th minute. A Zach Hayden throw in found Michael Cox down the right side. Cox outran the Red Bulls defender into the box and beat goalkeeper Ryan Meara to his far post, cutting the Red Bulls lead to 3-1.

The Red Bulls got their fourth in the 87th minute. After forcing a turnover, the Red Bulls were able to spring Junior Flemmings, who had a very strong game. After outrunning Matarazzo to the ball, he beat Ridgers to his far post making it 4-1 Red Bulls.

The Red Bulls capped off the scoring in injury time of the second half. Omir Fernandez hit his shot off the post, which rebounded back to Zoumanna Simpara for an empty-netter, lifting the Red Bulls to a 5-1 lead.

Despite the goal by Cox and a few good plays by Da Silva, this game was all New York Red Bulls II with OCB never getting into the game. The Lions were rarely able to get out of their own way or get the ball out of their own end, and when they did, they more often than not quickly turned it back over to the opposition. It will definitely be a game Anthony Pulis and his squad will want to forget.

The young Lions will be without two center backs for their next game. In addition to Donovan being sent off, Kyle Callan-McFadden was sent off after receiving two yellow cards. The first came via the second ever VAR review. Midfielder Harrison Heath returned from a knee injury to put in 62 mostly solid minutes for OCB before coming off for Andrew Ribeiro.

OCB now has 31 points from its first 22 games placing the club eighth in the USL’s Eastern Conference. After this miserable performance, the young Lions will look to rebound Wednesday night when they travel to North Carolina to face the Charlotte Independence.

Starting XI: Ridgers; Turner, McFadden, Donovan, Matarazzo; Laryea (Mendoza, 62′), Heath (Ribeiro, 62′), Neal (c) (Haig, 90′), Da Silva, Smith (Hayden, 40′), Cox

Unused Subs: Fenlason, D. Garcia, Loera

Goals: NYRBII -€” Valot (8′), Allen (62′), Williams (66′), Flemmings (87′), Simpara (90′) ORL -€” Cox (68′)

Yellow Cards: NYRBII -€” Valot (21′), OCB -€” McFadden (82′, 88′)

Red Cards: ORL -€” Donovan (36′), McFadden (88′)

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Orlando City B Announces Schedule for 2024 MLS NEXT Pro Season

Discover where, when, and who Orlando City B will play during the 2024 MLS NEXT Pro season.

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The 2024 MLS NEXT Pro schedule was released this afternoon for Orlando City B. This season will see an increase from 27 to 29 teams in the league with the additions of Carolina Core FC and Chattanooga FC — the first independent clubs in the league since 2022. The schedule remains at 28 games, with each team playing 14 at home and 14 away. Most OCB home games will take place at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, but the location of the home opener against Inter Miami II has yet to be announced.

OCB will start the 2024 season with a two-game road trip, beginning on March 16 against Atlanta United 2 and concluding on March 22 against Huntsville City FC. The home opener against Inter Miami II will take place on April 2 with a location to be determined in the near future. The season will end on the road as well, as the Young Lions will face FC Cincinnati 2 at TQL Stadium, home of the first team, on Oct. 6. The Eastern Conference games on Decision Day will all begin at 1 p.m.

MLS NEXT Pro has decided to change its division format to include the new teams. OCB will be a part of the new Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference, including Atlanta United 2, Huntsville City FC, Inter Miami II, Crown Legacy FC, Carolina Core FC, and Chattanooga FC. Chicago Fire II, Columbus Crew 2, and FC Cincinnati 2, former members of the Central Division with OCB, will move to the Northeast Division.

For the third consecutive season, MLS NEXT Pro teams will only play opponents from their own conference, limiting travel. The Young Lions will play each team in the Southeast Division three times and the teams from the Northeast Division once. The exceptions are New York Red Bulls II and New York City FC II, who they’ll face twice this year.

The busiest month for OCB this season will be in April when it plays five games. The Young Lions will play four games in May, June, July, August, and September, twice in March, and once in October. The team will compete on all seven days of the week this season. The most common day the Young Lions will play is on Sunday (13 games), which was expected since the first team usually plays on Saturday. Additionally, they have five games on Saturday, three games each on Wednesday and Friday, two games on Thursday, and one game on Monday and Tuesday.

The addition of two teams sees an expansion of the playoffs from 14 to 16 teams. The top four seeds in each conference will host the first round and, for the second consecutive season, pick their opponents. The highest remaining seed will pick its opponent in the second round, setting up the conference semifinal matchups. The postseason will include 15 games this year, concluding with the MLS NEXT Pro Cup.

The rules from the 2023 season are returning to MLS NEXT Pro for the third consecutive year. The league has been a place for MLS to try out new ideas, some of which are included in the top division this season. Once again, games tied after 90 minutes will go directly to a shootout for an additional point. Rules regarding players receiving treatment, serving red card suspensions against the same team, and substitutes leaving the field within 10 seconds all remain in place this year.

The majority of regular season games and all Decision Day games will again air on Apple TV’s MLS Season Pass. The remaining games will be streamed live on mlsnextpro.com.

Orlando City B’s 2024 Schedule

  • Saturday, March 16 at Atlanta United 2, 3 p.m.
  • Friday, March 22 at Huntsville City FC, 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 2 vs. Inter Miami CF II, 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 11 at Philadelphia Union II, 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 14 vs. Carolina Core FC, 3 p.m.
  • Friday, April 19 at Crown Legacy FC, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 28 vs. Toronto FC II, 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 4 at Chattanooga FC, 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 8 vs. New York Red Bulls II, 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 15 at Columbus Crew 2, 12 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 26 vs. Huntsville City FC, 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 2 at Inter Miami CF II, 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 13 vs Chattanooga FC, 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 26 vs. Atlanta United 2, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 29 at New York City FC II, 8:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 7 vs. Carolina Core FC, 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 14 vs Inter Miami CF II, 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 21 at New York Red Bulls II, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 27 at Chattanooga FC, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 3 at Carolina Core FC, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 11 vs. Crown Legacy FC, 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 18 vs. New York City FC II, 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 23 at Atlanta United 2, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 1 vs. Huntsville City FC, 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 8 at Crown Legacy FC, 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 15 vs. New England Revolution II, 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 23 vs. Chicago Fire II, 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 6 at FC Cincinnati 2, 1 p.m.
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Orlando City Signs Defender Tahir Reid-Brown to Homegrown Player Contract

Orlando City has signed teenage defender Tahir Reid-Brown to a Homegrown Player contract.

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Orlando City announced this afternoon that the club has signed defender Tahir Reid-Brown to a first-team contract. The four-year deal runs through the 2027 season with a club option for 2028. Reid-Brown becomes the 15th player to sign a Homegrown contract with the club.

“Tahir is a player that has been in our academy system for a while now and someone that we’ve seen really grow through our development pathway,” Orlando City Executive Vice President of Soccer Operations and General Manager Luiz Muzzi said in a club press release. “He has great potential for growth as a player and we’re excited to see how he takes his opportunity with the first team.” 

The 17-year-old joined the Orlando City Development Academy in 2020 and quickly rose through the ranks, signing an academy contract with OCB for the 2022 season. In two seasons with the MLS NEXT Pro side, Reid-Brown has made 16 appearances with four starts and recorded 409 minutes. Most of those appearances occurred in 2023, when the defender made 10 appearances and one start.

Reid-Brown also made 13 appearances in the academy during 2023, helping the U-17 team reach the MLS NEXT Cup semifinals for the third consecutive year. His time with the academy team saw him named to the 2023 MLS NEXT All-Star Game, the third Orlando City player to receive the honor.

Internationally, Reid-Brown has been a part of the United States Men’s National Team youth setup. He made his debut for the U.S. in November 2022 and was named to the 2023 FIFA Under-17 World Cup squad, making three appearances in the competition.

What It Means for Orlando City

Reid-Brown is a recent star in the Orlando City academy, joining in 2020 at 14 years old. This past year was a big one for him in which he became a regular for his national side and on the OCB team sheet. At just 17 years old, the 6-foot-2 defender still has a lot of development before he’ll make regular first-team appearances, but this signing makes him available for selection if necessary.

Before he becomes a first-team regular, Reid-Brown will need to become a regular with the second team. In addition to his 10 appearances, he was an unused substitute 14 times in 2023. The regular starting center backs were Abdi Salim and Nabi Kibunguchy with Franco Perez at left back — the two positions Reid-Brown plays. He’ll be looking to work his way into the starting lineup for the Young Lions this coming season.

Whether Reid-Brown becomes a regular center back or left back remains to be seen. The club also has a Homegrown center back in 19-year-old Thomas Williams, but he’s seen a significant dip in playing time with OCB and hasn’t been impressive while on the field. Reid-Brown could take over Williams’ spot as the up-and-coming defender with a strong 2023 MLS NEXT Pro season.

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Top 10 Moments of 2023: Jack Lynn Named MLS NEXT Pro MVP

Our No. 5 moment of the year features Orlando City’s Jack Lynn being named MVP of MLS NEXT Pro and earning a share of the league’s Golden Boot.

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As we count down to the new year of 2024 — which will be Orlando City’s 10th in MLS and the Orlando Pride’s ninth in the NWSL — and say goodbye to 2023, it’s time to look back at the club’s 10 best moments of the year as selected by The Mane Land staff via vote.

Jack Lynn no doubt entered his second pro season looking to get more first-team minutes. He had an excellent rookie season in MLS NEXT Pro with Orlando City B in 2022, setting an OCB single-season record with 15 goals and staying in the league’s Golden Boot race up until the final few matches of the season. He saw five minutes of action with the first team, and with a strong year with the reserve side, it’s likely the young striker felt he was ready to step into a larger role in 2023.

Lynn joined Orlando City through the 2022 MLS SuperDraft, when he was selected in the first round by the Lions with the No. 18 overall pick. He was then signed to a one-year deal in February of last year with options for the next three years.

But Lynn didn’t see much more time with the MLS Lions in 2023. He made three appearances with the senior side, all of which came as a substitute, and finished with 33 minutes played. On the attacking end, he won four aerial duels, took one shot, which was on target, drew two fouls, and completed three long balls while passing with 76% accuracy. He did not score a goal or assist on one. Defensively, he recorded one interception and two clearances, while committing one foul.

As in 2022, the majority of Lynn’s season was spent in MLS NEXT Pro with Orlando City B. He had a phenomenal year in the developmental league, and his campaign finished with him piling up the accolades for his play on the pitch. He finished the season with a share of the Golden Boot with his 19 goals. He was also named to the league’s Best XI for the second consecutive season. However, his biggest prize yet was being named MLS NEXT Pro Most Valuable Player on Oct. 20.

Lynn played in 26 of the Young Lions’ 28 games this past season, 19 of which were starts, and he racked up 1,760 minutes. He also played in OCB’s postseason loss at Columbus Crew 2. On the offensive end, he took 72 shots and put 40 of them on target, scored 19 goals, drew 15 fouls, and passed with 74% accuracy while completing 13 long balls and 12 key passes (but, surprisingly, no assists). Defensively, he recorded three interceptions, committed 16 fouls, and was shown four yellow cards.

Although the young striker wasn’t named MLS NEXT Pro Player of the Matchday at any point in the 2023 season, he did win Goal of the Matchday once — against Chicago Fire II on July 23. It was, by Lynn’s standards, a typical goal. He made a smart run, attacked the ball in the air, and headed it past the goalkeeper.

Lynn added a second goal in the 72nd minute and the Young Lions went on to win 3-2 that day.

The 23-year-old was a vital piece of Martin Perelman’s attack for OCB throughout the season, helping the Young Lions reach the postseason for only the second time ever and the first time since joining MLS NEXT Pro. To capture the trophy as the league’s most valuable player is a major honor for Lynn and shows how vital he was to OCB’s success during the 2023 season.

That accomplishment is certainly worthy of being immortalized among our top moments for the club in 2023.


Come back through New Year’s Eve as we count down the remainder of Orlando City’s top 10 moments of 2023.

Previous Top Moments of 2023

10. The Orlando Pride select breakout stars Emily Madril and Messiah Bright in the 2023 NWSL Draft.
9. OCB draws at Chicago and then wins a shootout, clinching its first playoff spot since 2016.

8. Orlando Pride dump Portland Thorns 3-1 in June, kick-starting the team’s push for the playoffs.

7. Orlando City gets a late goal to defeat Santos Laguna 3-2 in Leagues Cup play, earning its first win over Liga MX competition.

6. Orlando Pride sign Brazilian international Adriana.

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