The 2018 Major League Soccer season came to a conclusion for Orlando City SC just last weekend, but the organization wasted no time in announcing a part of its major plans for the future. The Lions, whom finished 8-22-4 (28 points) this past season, announced that they will be opening a new training facility in Osceola County.
The new training complex will be at the Osceola Heritage Park and it’s set to open July, 2019. The complex will be approximately 20 acres, featuring four full-size grass fields, a fitness, training and recovery center, a film review room along with a players’ lounge and dining area. Additionally, the secured facility will have 30,000 square feet of office space for working staff and facilities to support media operations, according to the team’s press release.
“The training complex is the heart of our soccer operations. It’s where our product on the field reports to work every day, where they eat and recover, and most importantly, where they build the team culture and attitude that carries over to the stadium on match days,” Orlando City SC CEO Alex Leitão said. “We’ve worked hard to secure the best opportunity to support both player development and the recruitment of top talent over the past four seasons with the establishment of a top-notch soccer stadium in 2017 and now the addition of a new state-of-the-art training complex in 2019.”
The upheaval and upgrade for Orlando City bolsters the club heading into an off-season full of questions when it comes to on-the-field play. After starting off the 2018 season with Jason Kreis as the manager before firing him just several matches in and appointing former Orlando City forward James O’Connor as the team’s next head coach. The Lions finished the 2018 season with a 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls in New York City.