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Orlando City B vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds: Final Score 0-0 as OCB’s Home Struggles Continue

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Orlando City B (5-6-6, 21 points) came out strong and dominated the match possession-wise, but Pittsburgh (5-7-5, 20 points) did not break, and the young Lions and Riverhounds played to a goalless draw in front of 1,042 fans at Orlando City Stadium. The draw gives OCB a record of 1-0-1 against the Riverhounds this season and it was the first time in the series that the home team didn’t lose.

“I thought we played some really, really good football tonight,” OCB Head Coach Anthony Pulis said. “We moved the ball well through the lines, created numerous chances. Our defense organization was really good, especially when you consider we had one day with that group of players. We’ve had six, seven, eight, I don’t know exactly how many MLS guys join us and I thought they were excellent.”

OCB came out in a much different starting lineup, due to a large amount of first-team players getting some USL action. Leo Pereira, Rafael Ramos, Richie Laryea, and Hadji Barry were all part of Jason Kreis' 18 a week ago, but with the Lions on international break they used this time to get game action. 

After gaining some MLS experience, Layea played in his first USL game since June 7 and did not miss a beat. He was one of the best players on the field, finishing with a team high two shots, with the only shot on goal for the young Lions. He was one of the focal points going forward and the Riverhounds knew it, and fouled him seven times — more than double of anyone else.

“Obviously it’s good to get minutes,” Laryea said. “It was good to be out there. I guess if you’re getting fouled, you’re doing the right thing and getting forward.”

Pittsburgh has some players that Orlando City fans should be familiar with. The first is Corey Hertzog. Hertzog was a member of Orlando City in 2014. He played  22 games for the Lions in the last season before the move to MLS.

Romeo Parkes is also a name fans may be familiar with. Parkes was part of Pittsburgh last year when he committed one of the worst fouls ever (see below for a reminder). The Jamaican international was immediately cut by the Riverhounds after that incident and was banned by the USL and FIFA, but was given another contract this past May. 

The game was delayed because of lightning strikes during warm-ups, and when the game began 30 minutes later, the rains were still falling. Perhaps, this extra warm-up time helped the young Lions get ready, as they came out with more energy than they have played with in a long time. 

The first big moment of the game came for the Lions in the 19th minute. Laryea got the ball at midfield and immediately took it to the left side of the field. He out-muscled one defender, made a move to get by another one, cut in towards goal, and took a shot off a tough angle. Pittsburgh goalkeeper Keasel Broome saved made a diving save to keep the game scoreless. 

After being fouled in his own third of the field a few minutes later, Laryea played a quick ball to Lewis Neal. Neal hit a bomb across the field that found Austin Martz on a breakaway. Hounds defender Tobi Adele defended it perfectly though, and the young Lions were unable to capitalize on its second opportunity of the game. 

Holding 71% possession a half hour into the match, OCB continued pushing forward and Neal was the next Lion to nearly pull his team ahead. With the ball in the 18, Ramos found Neal all alone. The Englishman’s first-time shot was going wide, but Jamal Jack blocked it first with his foot and then what looked like his hand. The call was a corner, though, so referee Elvis Osmanovic clearly missed the handball. 

Edwards was called into action for the first time in the 43rd minute. Parkes had a little bit of space from about 35 yards out and decided to try his luck. While Edwards was forced to make a diving save, he could handle those types of shots all night long. 

Although the young Lions dominated the first half, it ended scoreless. The home team led in shots (3-1), corners (3-1), passes (283-123), and possession (70-30), but Pittsburgh kept the game goalless after the first 45 minutes. 

The young Lions started the second half with just as much energy as the first and should have went ahead in the 49th minute. Ramos put a perfect cross to the back post to Barry, who headed it back across the grain but instead of going in, it hit the post. 

In the 53rd minute, Orlando City fans saw an all-too-familiar sight. Ramos went down clutching his hamstring, and was forced out of the game. Zachary Ellis-Hayden replaced the fullback, and Pulls was down to one sub after bringing in Jordan Schweitzer for Tony Rocha at halftime. 

“Disappointed obviously with Rafa’s injury,” said Pulis. “We don’t know how bad that is. We’ll assess it and probably find out more tomorrow morning.”

Neal again tried to hit an end-to-end pass, this time to Barry. However, yet another breakaway opportunity was thwarted — this time by Tobi Adewole, who made a great, last-ditch defensive play. The ensuing corner fell to the head of Timbo, but it went inches wide. 

“I thought the last 20 minutes we had three or four of [MLS players] that looked like they were really tired and struggling, just because they haven’t played a lot recently,” said Pulis. “But they managed to get through it, which was important that Laryea, Barry, Pereira, those guys now have 90 minutes under their belt.”

Entering the final 10 minute of the game, OCB earned a free kick near the right corner. It was a poor take and Neal’s free kick went straight into the hands of Broome. A minute later, the young Lions had another free kick in exactly the same place, but the result was the same. 

In stoppage time the visitors had a few opportunities to grab the three points. Kevin Kerr had the fans holding their breath as he looked to chip Earl Edwards Jr. from 30 yards out. The Riverhounds followed that up with two crosses and a corner, all of which were close to finding the back of the net. The final kick of the game was a ball over the top looking for Hertzog, but it was too long. 

OCB was the better team on the night but the Lions were unable to find the back of the net, and could only manage to grab a point. This is now the seventh home game in a row that the young Lions failed to win. 

“The fact that we got the best stadium in USL, I think teams come here and raise their game because I think it’s a cup final for them,” said Pulis. “No disrespect to other stadiums and places you play in USL, this is the best. Our home form needs to improve.”

OCB is back in action again on July 13 as the young Lions take on the Tampa Bay Rowdies at home in the I-4 Derby at 7:30 p.m.


Starting XI: Earl Edwards Jr.; Fernando Timbo, Leo Pereira, Seb Hines, Rafael Ramos (Zachary Ellis-Hayden – 53’); Lewis Neal, Tony Rocha (Jordan Schweitzer – 45’), Paul Clowes, Austin Martz (Danny Deakin – 82’); Richie Laryea, Hadji Barry. 

Unused Subs: Jake Fenlason, Conor Donovan, Albert Dikwa, Ben Polk. 

Goals: None.

Yellow Cards: ORL — Fernando Timbo (78’); PGH — Danny Earls (60’), Michael Green (71’), Taylor Washington (85’).

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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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