We’ve talked extensively about Orlando City SC’s failings during the current six-game MLS winless streak but let’s focus on some other points from around the growing world of Central Florida soccer.

  • Alex Morgan scored a cracker of a goal to lift the Pride to a 1-0 win last Saturday night at the Citrus Bowl over the Western New York Flash in front of 7,841 fans. The Pride face the Houston Dash in Texas tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET.
  • Tom Sermanni, the coach of the Pride, has been able to implement in short order a nice free-flowing attack and Orlando has been solid defensively. With nine points in five games, the Pride is well-positioned to make the NWSL postseason.
  • The Villages SC appeared to keep its US Open Cup run going with an improbable penalty kick shootout win over the heavily favored Charleston Battery in South Carolina. The Villages SC were drawn next to face the Jacksonville Armada FC of NASL in the US Open Cup Third Round on June 1. The winner will face Orlando City SC in Round 4 of the competition. But then it came to light on Thursday that the team had fielded an ineligible player against Charleston. The player, Paulo Vaz had represented Boca Raton FC in a qualifying round last November. The result, unfortunately, handed down by the US Open Cup Disciplinary Committee was a forfeit win for Charleston, who now assumed the Villages SC place in the draw.
  • The New York Times reported earlier this week about a controversial green card for foreign investment scheme undertaken by Orlando City SC. In the politically charged environment of 2016, where immigration and border security has become among the most talked about issues in the country, this story has had more legs nationally then it probably would have otherwise.
  • The MLS Players Union published the salaries of each player in the league on Thursday. The highest earners on Orlando City are Kaká (the highest paid player in the league) who makes $6,600,000, Antonio Nocerino, who makes $600,000 and Brek Shea who makes $550,000. Cyle Larin, the club’s leading goal scorer, earns just $135,000 and Kevin Molino, who has been in many ways the face of the club for years earns just $110,000.
  • Even though Orlando appears to have some salary cap wiggle room, they really don’t- the reason as multiple sources have indicated to me is because Aurelien Collin who was traded to Red Bull New York three weeks ago is on guaranteed compensation of $500,000 with Orlando City SC picking up somewhere between 50 and 60 percent of the salary.
  • Orlando City SC has two home games this week — Saturday night against Montreal and Wednesday night against Philadelphia.

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