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Orlando City Stats & History
The precursor to Orlando City SC’s MLS team was a team that went by the same name that played in the USL from 2010 to 2014. They won two titles in USA’s third tier, in 2011 and 2013. In late 2013, MLS officials announced Orlando as the newest expansion team in the league. They signed former Ballon D’or winner Kaka as their first player and began playing in MLS in 2015.
Kaka scored a stoppage team equalizer in Orlando City’s first-ever MLS match to secure a 1-1 draw vs. NYCFC. Striker Cyle Larin set the MLS single-season rookie record with 17 goals and won the first award in the Orlando City team stats. Larin was the 2015 MLS Rookie of the Year. Regardless, the Lions finished one point outside of playoff position.
Orlando City SC once again missed out on the playoffs in 2016 but managed a better goal difference than in 2015. The club broke ground on the soccer-specific Orlando City Stadium, now called the Exploria Stadium, in 2017. That season, Orlando City missed out on the playoffs for a third straight campaign and Kaka announced his retirement.
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Despite signing former Portugal international and Manchester United player Nani, Orlando City missed out on the playoffs again in 2019. The COVID-shortened 2020 season marked the best Orlando City season to date, though. They were runners-up in the MLS is back the tournament and made their first playoff appearance. Orlando got their first playoff win by defeating NYCFC in a penalty shootout. The New England Revolution knocked off the Lions in the Conference semifinals.
Orlando City took part in the 2021 Leagues Cup, a single-elimination tournament between eight of the best teams from the USA and Mexico. They lost in the first knockout round to Santos Laguna. The Lions made their second playoff appearance in 2021 but lost in the first round.
Midway through the 2022 season, Orlando City SC was in good shape. They qualified for the U.S. Open Cup semifinals and were sitting in a playoff spot through 22 games. Orlando sat at +2500 MLS odds in late July but has never reached a Conference final. Plenty of betting advice has mentioned their ability to win points on the road. Through their first 11 matches away from home in the 2022 season, they lost just two of them.