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Orlando City B vs. FC Cincinnati 2: Final Score 2-2 as Favian Loyola’s Brace Claims a Point for OCB

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KISSIMMEE — Orlando City B (6-10-5, 25 points) played to a 2-2 draw with FC Cincinnati 2 (4-14-3, 16 points) at Osceola County Stadium tonight. Favian Loyola gave the Young Lions an early lead but Cincinnati came back with second-half goals by Calvin Harris and Nick Markanich. Loyola completed his brace with an equalizer in the 60th minute, securing a 2-2 draw.

Because MLS NEXT Pro rules dictate that draws go to penalty shootouts afterward, the teams went to spot kicks to decide who got an extra point in the standings. Cincinnati won the shootout 7-6 to take two points from the game.

OCB Head Coach Martin Perelman made two changes to the starting lineup for this game. Moises Tablante was not in the team at all and Neicer Acosta was out with a right hamstring injury that saw him exit the team’s last game against Columbus Crew 2. They were replaced by Alejandro Granados and Mikey Halliday.

The back four in front of goalkeeper Javier Otero included Ignacio Galvan, Thomas Williams, Andrew Forth, and Alex Freeman. Nick Taylor, Victor Yan, Alejandro Granados, Mikey Halliday, and Diego Pareja made up the midfield with Loyola up top.

OCB had the first chance in this game and it came inside the first minute. It started in Orlando’s third of the field with a bad turnover by Williams. However, Forth won it back for OCB and the Young Lions pushed forward. Freeman found Taylor darting up the left and the 2022 MLS SuperDraft pick took a shot but hit it over the goal.

They had another chance in the fifth minute when a Granados free kick found Freeman in the box. The right back volleyed it across for Williams with his right foot but the center back missed the target.

Cincinnati goalkeeper Evan Louro quickly sent Markanich the other way. Finding enough space for a shot at the top of the box, the midfielder went for goal. The ball sailed just over the crossbar but it appeared as though Otero had it the whole way. Regardless, it was the best chance for Cincinnati in the opening minutes.

In the ninth minute, Markanich found Harris across the field. Harris put the ball past Otero and into the corner but assistant referee Preston Joyner judged him to be offside. Harris ran over to argue the call with Joyner but to no avail as the game remained scoreless.

OCB took the lead in the 14th minute through Loyola, who signed an MLS NEXT Pro contract with the club earlier in the day. Yan started the play by sending the ball wide for Halliday and then continuing his run into the box. Halliday played it back to the midfielder, who sent the ball towards the penalty spot. Loyola was there to put it into the right corner of the goal to give the Young Lions the early 1-0 lead.

Both teams had chances in the following minutes. In the 17th minute, Granados went for goal on a free kick just outside the box but hit it wide. A minute later, Arquimides Ordonez had a chance on the other end but he too hit it wide of the target.

OCB nearly doubled its lead in the 23rd minute when a give-and-go between Galvan and Loyola allowed Galvan space in the box. He was alone with Louro and attempted to slip it behind the Cincinnati goalkeeper, but Louro did well to trap it between his legs and not give up a rebound.

Following the save, the Young Lions continued their attack on the Cincinnati goal. Halliday and Loyola had chances in the 24th and 27th minutes, respectively, but their shots were right at Louro.

In the 27th minute, OCB came very close to making it 2-0. Yan found Taylor on his left, and — after a couple of touches — the midfielder took a shot. It looked like Louro got a touch to the ball, but when it hit the post and went out, the referee awarded a goal kick.

The Young Lions came close again a minute later when Pareja had a chance. It was a great attempt towards the far post but Louro made an impressive save, diving to get his fingers to the ball and putting it off the post. The ball rolled back across goal but nobody in purple was there and Cincinnati cleared it away.

The game started with Freeman at right back and Halliday at right midfield. However, at about the half hour mark, the two switched with Freeman pushing forward and Halliday dropping back into a defensive role.

The Young Lions again nearly doubled their lead in the 38th minute. Yan found Taylor on the left with a long ball and the midfielder took a shot from inside the box. It was blocked by Louro but the ball went right to Freeman on the right. The Homegrown signing fired towards the back post but Louro got down to make a great save with his leg.

At the end of the first half, FC Cincinnati 2 had more possession (54.1%-45.9%), crosses (5-3), and more accurate passing (83.6%-80.2%), but OCB had more shots (14-6), shots on target (6-0), and corners (3-2). Most importantly, the Young Lions had the best chances and converted on one to carry a 1-0 lead into the break.

Cincinnati got the first chance of the second half in the 47th minute. The visitors had numbers going forward and were able to find a shot, but Otero made a great one-handed save, knocking it away and keeping his team’s 1-0 lead.

OCB had the first sustained possession of the second half right after the save but it was Cincinnati that scored. In the 53rd minute, a quick, long goal kick caught the Young Lions off-guard and allowed Ordonez to get a shot off in the box. Otero blocked the shot but it popped up for Harris who headed it in for the equalizer.

Just two minutes later, Cincinnati took the lead. Morgan Marshall sent a ball across the box for Markanich, who headed it in for Cincinnati’s second goal in two minutes, giving the visitors a 2-1 lead.

“Unforced mistakes because we were out of focus on some sequences,” Perelman said about conceding the two quick goals. “We shouldn’t do that. The players know. But it happened to us and we received a goal in that situation.“

The visitors nearly made it 3-1 in the 59th minute when Harris sent a Marshall cross back across the box. It looked like a cross attempt, but the ball bounced off the top of the crossbar. Ordonez ended up with the ball and played it for Markanich in the box. The midfielder shot, looking for his second goal, but Otero was there to make the stop.

OCB quickly went the other way with Taylor darting down the left. After a long run with the ball, the midfielder sent it across the box to Halliday on the far side. Halliday quickly sent it back into the box where Loyola was waiting to put it in, tying the game at 2-2. It was Loyola’s second brace of the 2022 MLS NEXT Pro season.

“I’m getting really confident,” Loyola said. “My style of play, the coach helps me out a lot. This team really pushes me to be at my best potential. So, Coach Martin really helps me as a player to play the way I want to and the goals are because of the style of my play.”

In the 69th minute, Williams fouled Markanich to the right of goal, conceding a free kick. Markanich went for goal, attempting to curl the free kick inside the far post, but it went just wide.

Two minutes later, Markanich had another chance when he was played forward by Khris Turcios. Markanich was behind the OCB back line and shot on goal but Otero did well to get down and knock it away.

In the 73rd minute, Ordonez found Bryan Sanchez, who had enough room to take a shot on goal. However, Otero was once again up to the task, blocking it away to keep the game at 2-2.

As the game entered injury time, both teams had chances to claim all three points. In the 90th minute, a Granados free kick found the head of substitute Brandon Hackenberg, but the defender couldn’t get over the ball and it went out of play.

Three minutes into injury time, OCB had a great chance in the box but Louro got down to make the stop, sending it out of play for a throw-in. Cincinnati won the ball back and went the other way. The visitors had numbers going forward into the OCB box but Forth made a great tackle to send it away. Had he not gotten the tackle right, it would’ve been a penalty. Instead, it was the final touch of the game and it ended 2-2.

While FC Cincinnati 2 had significantly more possession (59.5%-40.5%), the game was quite even. OCB had more shots (17-16) and shots on target (8-6) but Cincinnati had more crosses (16-8) and better passing (84.1%-76.4%). Both teams ended the game with five corner kicks.

“It was a tough game,” Perelman said after the game. “I think we did good first half. We created many situations to score. Again, we couldn’t put the ball inside the goal and then we suffered. We made some mistakes in the second half. We didn’t play well. We miss a lot our players that was out, then it was a draw. Then penalties are penalties, but the team doesn’t lose again, so it’s OK.”

“Happy with the two goals,” Loyola added. “Felt we could’ve done better as a team to get a couple more. Not happy with the result. We really needed this one to kind of get a peek to playoffs. At the end of the day, I scored two goals to help the team somewhat.”

The postgame penalty shootout was a stellar performance, with each converting its first six penalties. Both goalkeepers guessed correctly three times in the first 12 attempts but each attempt was into the corner.

It came down to the seventh attempt for each team before the night reached its ending. Forth stepped up with the shootout tied at 6-6 and sent the ball over the crossbar. Zico Bailey shot next for the visitors and put his attempt into the corner, securing the extra point for Cincinnati.

This is the fifth time that OCB has gone to penalties this season. After starting the season 2-0 in shootouts, the Young Lions have now lost their last three, including in two consecutive games. Coincidentally, every OCB game that has gone to penalties has been at home.

Despite the shootout loss, OCB now finds itself in the middle of a four-game unbeaten run (2-0-2). After beating NYCFC II 2-0 in New York, the team returned home and beat Rochester NY FC 5-2 with a largely first-team lineup at home. The Young Lions followed that two-game win streak with a pair of 2-2 draws against Columbus Crew 2 and FC Cincinnati 2, but couldn’t claim the extra point in either shootout.


Having wrapped up a three-game homestand, the Young Lions will now head back out on the road. The two-game road trip begins Friday at 5:30 p.m. when OCB faces New England Revolution II at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA.

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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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