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Orlando City B vs. New England Revolution II: Final Score 0-0 with OCB Taking the Extra Shootout Point



Orlando City B’s winless and scoreless streaks extended to three matches with a 0-0 home draw against New England Revolution II at Exploria Stadium, but the Young Lions (1-2-2, 7 points) captured the extra point for winning the postgame shootout over the Revolution reserves (2-0-2, 9 points).

It was a good result for an OCB side that not only got outplayed, but also went down a man with more than 20 minutes remaining in normal time.

“A big effort from the players, I’m proud of them,” OCB Head Coach Martin Perelman said. “We played against a very good team, but we worked hard. I think we could have won, but that’s okay because they did their jobs and finally we got the two points.”

Javier Otero started in goal behind a back line of Liam Guske, David Boccuzzo, and Andrew Forth. Nick Taylor and Victor Yan lined up as wingbacks on the outside, with Diego Pareja and Erick Gunera-Calix inside in the 3-4-3 formation. Moises Tablante, Wilfredo Rivera, and Neicer Acosta made up the attacking force.

The first decent chance of the game fell for New England Revolution II, as a ball from the left found Jack Panayotou near Otero’s left post, but the shot was just wide of goal.

The Young Lions nearly got a gift goal in the 14th minute. Rivera played Taylor into the box and Sean O’Hearn swept it away from him but towards his own goal. Jacob Jackson had to be alert to make the save and avoid an own goal.

OCB had a good spell of possession around the 25-minute mark but couldn’t generate a chance out of it. The Young Lions also had some counter opportunities but wasted them with extremely heavy touches out on the wings. Tablante fired in two crosses right at Jackson, which prevented scoring opportunities as well.

New England sent some dangerous crosses into Otero’s box but struggled to get onto them at the end. Meny Silva came the closest but bundled a chance wide. OCB’s high line also baffled the visitors, who were offside seven times in the opening half.

Otero came up with a huge save in first-half stoppage time to keep the game scoreless. OCB turned the ball over on a throw-in in its own half and New England countered quickly. The ball ended up on Panayotou’s foot in the middle of the box and he smashed the game’s first shot on target. Otero made the stop and then knocked a longer shot aside on the ensuing rebound. Before the Revs could take the resulting corner kick, the half ended.

New England led all over the stat sheet, with more possession (53.4%-46.6%), shots (7-2), shots on target (2-0), corners (5-0), and passing accuracy (82.6%-76%).

Acosta smashed a left-footed shot on target in the first minute of the second half, providing the first on-target attempt for OCB in the game, but Jackson saved comfortably.

New England started taking more long shot attempts and came close several times. Ryan Lima smashed an effort that Otero got a fingertip on in the 53rd minute. O’Hearn smashed a long-range shot over the bar from the right three minutes later. Seconds after that, Otero again got a fingertip to a Trevor Zwetsloot long-range try to keep things scoreless.

Noel Buck sent a drive off the right goalpost in the 60th minute as the Revs kept firing.

OCB went down a man in the 68th minute when Erick Gunera-Calix received his second yellow card in nine minutes. It was the second time in just five matches that OCB has finished with fewer than 11 men on the pitch.

“We knew that we had to stay together and just keep digging deep, and I think we did a great job,” Boccuzzo said.

On the ensuing free kick that New England won from the foul, Buck sent a drive on goal but Otero made a diving save. Silva just missed a follow-up shot wide of the right post from the left side of the box.

Hikaru Fujiwara sent a shot over the bar in the 80th minute as the Revs kept looking for the opener. Buck sent a header wide off a corner kick cross moments later. As the Revs kept pushing for a late winner, Triton Beauvois missed the net wide in the 83rd minute.

New England got some fortunate bounces late that turned into chances to win the match, as the visitors got the ball behind Otero twice. But OCB’s defense made two goal-line clearances in stoppage time to preserve the scoreless draw at the end of regulation. The match went to spot kicks to determine which team would win the extra point.

The Revs stuffed the stat sheet, dominating statistically. New England finished with more shots (20-3), shots on target (6-1), possession (56.1%-43.9%), corners (11-2), and passing accuracy (81.7%-73.3%).

“It was a tough 90 minutes, especially with the red card,” Boccuzzo said. “But I think we did well, especially in the first half. I think we really fought that game.”

OCB won the shootout 4-3 after the five rounds. New England shot first and O’Hearn missed high over Otero’s crossbar. Boccuzzo scored on his penalty to put OCB up after one round. Fortunes were reversed in the second round as Noel Buck beat Otero and Acosta then took a stutter-step run-up and left his penalty too close to the middle, making an easy save for Jackson. The teams were level at 1-1 after two rounds.

Ben Reveno gave New England its first lead in the shootout with the next spot kick, but Tablante matched him. Pierre Cayet then sent his shot well over the bar, putting OCB in the driver’s seat. Theo Franca scored to put OCB up 3-2 after four rounds.

Fujiwara scored for the Revs to keep New England in it, but Alejandro Granados buried his spot kick as the fifth shooter to lift OCB to the extra point after a 4-3 shootout win.

“Today in the shootout we put Franca, who is a U-15, Granados, who is a U-17, and we are giving our players experience that is so great for them,” Perelman said. “I’m really happy for them.”

OCB now goes back on the road, where the Young Lions will face last place Rochester NY FC on Friday night.

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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

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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