Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Orlando City releases preseason schedule

By Mike Gramajo

The Lions are back on the prowl, preseason that is. 

Orlando City SC released their 2014 preseason schedule on Wednesday, featuring a variety of Major League Soccer opponents, before ending their line of matches against several Florida colleges. 

The Lions will kickoff their preseason against MLS’ Chicago Fire at the IMG Academy. Last time both teams faced off was last year in June, which saw Chicago knock Orlando out of the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals, 5-1. 

The Fire, however, will have a new man in charge after signing Frank Yallop as their head coach, after Frank Kloppas resigned from the club before joining the Montreal Impact. 

While the I-4 Derby remains out of the schedule, Tampa Bay Rowdies President Andrew Nestor did confirm with SBI that he is currently working on having the preseason cup return for its second installment. 

Here’s a look at the Lions’ preseason slate of matches: 

Chicago Fire, Feb. 11 at 7:00 p.m. at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. 

*Philadelphia Union, Feb. 19 at 6:00 p.m. at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

*Toronto FC, Feb. 22 at 8:00 p.m. at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

*Columbus Crew, Feb. 26 at 6:00 p.m. at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

*DPSC Championship Game/Consolation Match, March 1

**FIU Panthers, March 8 at 3:00 p.m. at Seminole Soccer Complex

**Rollins Tars, March 12 at 7:00 p.m. at Seminole Soccer Complex 

**Stetson Hatters, Match 15 at 7:00 p.m. at Seminole Soccer Complex

**USF Bulls, April 1 at 7:00 p.m. at Corbett Soccer Stadium in Tampa, Fla. 

Disney Pro Soccer Classic
** College Friendlies 
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What do you think of the schedule? Do you think the Lions will have successful preseason? Can they overcome the MLS talent their up against?

Share your thoughts below. 

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