Orlando City SC

After new stadium deal announced, Orlando City SC breaks attendance record


An attendance of 10,697 wouldn’t make many headlines in Major League Soccer, but for one club hopeful of becoming a franchise, it’s big news. Orlando City SC broke its attendance record on Sunday, when the club hosted the Seattle Sounders FC reserves.

On the field, the Lions defeated Seattle 2-0, jumping out to a lead in the first minute on a Kevin Molino goal and scoring its second in the 30th through Rob Valentino. Orlando City sits tied for first place in USL Pro with the Richmond Kickers, with 51 points out of 24 games.

Last week, Orlando had a breakthrough on its bid to build a soccer-specific stadium downtown, sparking talk of MLS expansion again. MLS commissioner Don Garber announced at halftime of the All-Star Game that the league wants to expand by four more teams by the turn of the decade.

Setting a new attendance record is one way of ensuring Central Florida stays in the conversation regarding possible expansion sites.

If Orlando were already in the league, an average attendance of 10,000 would make the wrong kind of headlines, as it would be the second lowest number in the league in 2013 and dead last in 2012. But in USL Pro, generally considered the third tier of American soccer, it’s impressive.

The Lions hosted the best-attended game of 2012, when 8,932 people walked through the gate for a game on Aug. 17, and 2011, which saw 7,933 fans at their game against FC New York on April 9.

It’s not Sounders-home-game quality. But it’s around the same number the San Antonio Scorpions and New York Cosmos draw in the new North American Soccer League a step above.

More than anything, it proves Orlando’s potential as an MLS market, on par with any other in the nation.

Report: David Silva out 2-3 weeks with ligament damage

LOGRONO, SPAIN - OCTOBER 09:  David Silva of Spain is fouled by Lars Gerson of Luxembourg during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group C match between Spain and Luxembourg at Estadio Municipal Las Gaunas on October 9, 2015 in Logrono, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.

Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.

Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.

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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.

With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.

Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.

City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.

Alejandro Bedoya to miss USMNT vs. Mexico

GLASGOW,  SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 15 :  Alejandro Bedoya of USA  in action during the International Friendly match between Scotland and USA at Hampden Park on November 15, 2013.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.

Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.

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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.

Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.