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Orlando City B

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Orlando City B
Full nameOrlando City B
Nickname(s)Lions, OCB
FoundedJune 30, 2015 (5 years ago) (2015-06-30)
StadiumOsceola County Stadium
Kissimmee, Florida
OwnerOrlando City SC
Head CoachMarcelo Neveleff
LeagueUSL League One
2020League: 11th
Playoffs: DNQ
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Orlando City B (or OCB for short) is a USL League One club that began play in 2016. Owned by Orlando City SC and based at the Orlando City training facility in Kissimmee, the club plays its home games at Osceola County Stadium.[1] Originally the club played in the United Soccer League, the second tier of the US soccer pyramid in 2016 and 2017,[2] before electing to forgo the 2018 season and join the newly formed third division, USL League One, in its inaugural 2019 season.[3]


United Soccer League (2016–17)

On June 30, 2015, Orlando City SC announced that they would operate a USL club starting in 2016[4] in the Central Florida area. The team would be their direct USL affiliate, and Orlando City and Louisville City (their USL affiliate club for 2015) had negotiated a "long-term formal partnership" to replace their affiliation arrangement.[5]

Orlando City also announced that Anthony Pulis would coach the new team. Pulis was a player for Orlando City SC's USL club from 2011 to 2014 and is the son of Tony Pulis, manager of numerous English Premier League sides.[5] On August 11, 2015, Arizona United announced that Rob Valentino would retire from playing[6] to take the assistant coach role for Orlando's new USL team.[7]

On October 15, 2015, the club was officially branded Orlando City B, with home games to be played in Melbourne at the Titan Soccer Complex on the campus of EFSC campus.[8] In addition, OCB announced its first ever player signings; defenders Mikey Ambrose and Kyle Callan-McFadden and midfielder Tony Rocha.[9]

On August 12, 2016, in a game against New York Red Bulls II, Orlando City B participated in the first competitive match in North America to employ Video Assistant Referee technology.[10] They finished their debut season 8th in the Eastern Conference, the final qualifying spot for playoffs. They lost in the Conference Quarterfinal to New York Red Bulls II 4–0.[11]

In November 2016 it was announced that OCB would be moving to the newly opened Orlando City Stadium in time for the 2017 season.[12] The team finished the season in 9th place, two points short of the playoffs, but finished one place higher in the overall standings than their debut season.

Hiatus (2018)

On January 12, 2018, the organization declared its intention to forgo the 2018 season as they continued to assess their minor league participation, a move that had looked likely by this point with OCB only having one player under contract and lacking a manager following Anthony Pulis' departure for Saint Louis FC in November.[13]

USL League One (2019–20)

In June 2018, the club announced it was to become a founding member of USL's new third tier league, USL League One, scheduled to begin play in 2019.[14] It was hoped the move would lead OCB to better act as an upward transitional stepping-stone between Orlando City's Development Academy and the senior MLS team. On October 3, 2018, Fernando De Argila was announced as head coach. He had previously been head coach and director of methodology at the Soccer Institute at Montverde Academy.[15] After winning only three of the opening 19 games, De Argila was sacked in July 2019. Roberto Sibaja acted as interim head coach from the rest of the season as the team finished in last place.[16]

In May 2019, the team announced plans to relocate OCB as part of a wider vision to house all of Orlando City's development pyramid at the same location for the first time, creating a 20-acre training complex at Osceola Heritage Park to house the senior MLS team, OCB and Development Academy.[17] Orlando City B will play their matches at the new site starting in the 2020 season following the departure of minor league baseball team Florida Fire Frogs.[18] Ahead of the season it was announced Orlando City Academy Director Marcelo Neveleff would be the team's new head coach.[19]

In October 2020, the team announced it was withdrawing from USL1 at the end of the season with a possibility of an MLS reserve league launching in 2021.[20][21][22]


Tim Holt, Orlando's vice president of development, said that they would be looking for a stadium in Central Florida in order to facilitate the training of emerging players with the MLS team. Holt was the president of USL until May 2015.[4] Eastern Florida State College's stadium was visited by team personnel as a possible location.[23]

On August 21, 2015, the VP for athletics at Eastern Florida State College claimed in a pitch to the Brevard County Tourist Development Council's Sports Commission that the college's Titan Soccer Complex and a stadium in Deland were among the finalists to host games for the USL team.[24] Said plan was approved and the Titan Sports Complex at ECSC was OCB's official home venue for the 2016 season.[8][9]

For the 2017 season in the USL, Orlando City B moved to Orlando City's newly built home stadium, Orlando City Stadium.

For the 2019 season in USL League One, the team moved to Montverde Academy.[25]

In 2020, as part of a club-wide move, the team relocated again, this time to the new Orlando City training facility at Osceola Heritage Park alongside both the senior MLS team and Development Academy. Matches are played at the complex's newly converted 5,400 seat Osceola County Stadium.[1]

Players and staff

Current roster

As of October 29, 2020[26]
No. Position Player Nation
26 Defender Michael Halliday ([A])  United States
41 Goalkeeper Javier Otero ([B])  Venezuela
45 Midfielder Raul Aguilera  United States
49 Forward Aleksandar Gluvačević  United States
51 Goalkeeper Russell Robles ([B])  United States
53 Forward Julian Kennedy ([B])  United States
59 Midfielder José Quintero ([B])  Venezuela
62 Forward Wilfredo Rivera ([B])  Puerto Rico
65 Defender Daniel Rosario ([B])  Puerto Rico
66 Forward Kenji Tanaka de Paula ([B])  Brazil
67 Midfielder Moises Tablante ([B])  Venezuela
68 Defender Thomas Williams ([B])  United States
  1. ^
    Signed to first team contract with Orlando City SC.
  2. ^
    Orlando City SC Academy player.


Chairman and majority owner Flávio Augusto da Silva
Chief executive officer Alex Leitão
General manager Luiz Muzzi
Coaching staff
Head coach Marcelo Neveleff
Assistant coach José Silva Caparrós
Goalkeeper coach Marcos Machado


As of October 24, 2020
Year Division League P W D L GF GA Pts Position Playoffs
Conf. Overall
2016 3 USL 30 9 8 13 35 49 35 8th 19th First round
2017 2 USL 32 10 12 10 37 36 42 9th 18th DNQ
2018 On Hiatus
2019 3 USL1 28 4 4 20 23 52 16 N/A 10th DNQ
2020 USL1 15 1 3 11 10 29 6 11th

Head coaches

  • Only competitive games counted. Includes USL regular season and playoffs.
As of matches played October 24, 2020
All-time Orlando City B coaching stats
Name Nationality From To P W D L GF GA Win%[nb 1]
Anthony Pulis  Wales June 30, 2015 November 20, 2017 63 19 20 24 72 89 030.16
Fernando De Argila  Spain October 3, 2018 July 25, 2019 19 3 4 12 16 33 015.79
Roberto Sibaja (interim)  Costa Rica July 25, 2019 December 20, 2019 9 1 0 8 7 19 011.11
Marcelo Neveleff  Argentina December 20, 2019 present 15 1 3 11 10 29 006.67
Total 106 24 27 55 105 170 022.64


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