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Orlando City B vs. Ottawa Fury: Final Score 3-0 as OCB Extends Unbeaten Streak to Nine

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Led by Earl Edwards Jr. and Hadji Barry, Orlando City B (7-6-10, 31 points) thrashed the Ottawa Fury (7-8-6, 27 points), 3-0, to jump into playoff position in front of 1,004 fans in Orlando City Stadium. The young Lions extended the longest unbeaten streak in the USL to nine games, won their second straight game — both by shutout — and moved into a seventh-place tie in points with FC Cincinnati in the Eastern Conference standings. FCC does, however, hold the tiebreaker.

“I’m obviously really pleased,” said OCB Head Coach Anthony Pulis. “The biggest satisfaction for me is that the guys have been rewarded for all their hard work because the performance levels have been really, really well [in past games this season] and they haven’t been rewarded for their good results. I’m just pleased for all the players for all the hard work that they put in every single day. To get a 3-0 victory is very satisfying.”

It was just the second home win for OCB in 2017 and the first since beating Toronto FC II on April 4.

Pulis brought his team out with a few changes to the starting XI. Edwards Jr. and Seb Hines remained to defend the net, but there were three changes on the back line from OCB’s 1-0 win on Saturday at Richmond. Austin Martz, Fernando Timbó, and Zach Ellis-Hayden all were brought into the starting XI. Additionally, Jordan Schweitzer and Michael Cox were in the midfield and forward line, respectively. 

“If you look at the past nine games, I don’t know if the back four has been the same two games in a row,” said Earl Edwards, Jr. “Guys are constantly coming in, getting the job done, and getting the ball in places where I can make saves. So a lot of credit goes to the back four and the guys in front of me.”

To start the match, OCB had two chances at the six-minute mark to go ahead. First, Seb Hines tried to redirect a corner, but Ottawa goalkeeper Callum Irving made a one-handed save to keep it scoreless. Seconds later, Lewis Neal whiffed off a low cross at the top of the box. 

In the ninth minute, Edwards Jr. made a great diving save that OCB fans have become accustomed to seeing. Ottawa was on the counter attack, and Martz kept the visitors onside, leading to the Fury outnumbering the OCB defenders. 

Ten minutes later it was the same story. Ottawa got down the field on the counter after Ellis-Hayden went down injured, and Martz — a midfielder the majority of the year — kept the opposition onside. The Fury captain, Carl Haworth, could have sent the ball across goal but he decided to go straight at goal instead and Edwards was again there to save the day for the young Lions. 

Martz made up for his earlier mistake by first perfectly reading a pass and starting an OCB counter. Unfortunately, he then dribbled the ball right out of bounds. In the 26th minute, the fullback took a shot off a bouncing ball that went through the legs of Andrae Campbell, and headed for the corner netting. It was then Irving’s turn to make a great save to keep the game scoreless. 

In the 34th minute, none other than Seb Hines put OCB ahead, 1-0. The young Lions had a free kick about 25 yards out, and it looked like a play straight from the training ground. Jordan Schweitzer played the ball in and Hadji Barry ran onto it, turned, and shot. The ball looked to be goal bound, but Hines added a flick of his head to ensure that it found the back of the net. 

Two Edwards saves and an almost Edwards own-goal, and the first half was finished. Hines’ goal was the difference, but the Fury had their chances. Edwards made five saves in the first half, as Ottawa used the width of the field to try to beat the OCB defense. 

The teams engaged in a little back-and-forth action to start the second half but in the 53rd minute, Campbell took a shot and Timbó came diving in to block it. Timbó's left hand was high above his body when he blocked it, and the referee gave a yellow card to the Brazilian and a penalty kick to Ottawa with no video review. Gerardo Bruna stepped up to the spot for the Fury, but Edwards saved the attempt to keep the young Lions ahead. 

After the game, Pulis was “really disappointed” with the officiating. Replays at the stadium showed that the ball hit Timbó’s chest, not his arm, but there was no VAR usage.

“If we are going to use VAR, then these are the types of situations that we need to review,” said Pulis.

Seven minutes later, Barry came up huge for Orlando. Neal’s one-touch pass to Barry set up the UCF product to nutmeg Ramón Del Campo, sending the defender in circles, before slotting the ball under Irving to find the back of the net to put OCB up, 2-0. 

Ottawa Head Coach Julián de Guzmán then used all three of his substitutions trying to find some offensive spark for the visitors. 

Of course, when you push players forward it leaves the team open to counter attacks, and OCB took full advantage of that. Cox attempted to play Barry long, but the Ottawa defense easily defended it. Barry, full of confidence after scoring three goals in his last three games, fought to win the ball back, then pickpocketed it, and turned, shot, and scored before Irving even knew what was happening. 

After the third goal, OCB started to sit back more and just secure the lead. While in the past this has led to mistakes leading to goals, the young Lions held strong and helped Edwards to his league-leading ninth shutout.

“We need to take one game at a time and try to get as many points that we can in the remaining games,” said Barry. “We started that today, which is something we haven’t been really good at in the past few games. The main focus was for us to get three points today and we did that.”

OCB is back in action on Saturday when the young Lions travel to North Carolina to take on the Charlotte Independence at 7 p.m. ET.


Starting XI: Earl Edwards Jr.; Austin Martz, Seb Hines, Fernando Timbó, Zachary Ellis-Hayden; Lewis Neal, Tony Rocha, Pierre Da Silva (Joe Gallardo — 74’), Jordan Schweitzer; Michael Cox (Ben Polk — 86’), Hadji Barry (Albert Dikwa — 72’). 

Unused Subs: Ryley Kraft, Youmeni Jules, Connor Donovan, Jake Fenlason. 

Goals: ORL — Hines (34’), Barry (60’, 71’); OTT — None.

Yellow Cards: ORL — Timbó (53’), Ellis-Hayden (80’); OTT — Dixon (67’). 

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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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