Orlando City SC Wins First Home Game

Orlando City SC Defeats Reigning MLS Champions 4-0 for First Home Win

Orlando Citrus Bowl – Orlando, Florida

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Orlando City SC (3-5-3, 12 points) won its first game at the Orlando Citrus Bowl in commanding fashion before 40,122 fans on Sunday night, defeating the reigning Major League Soccer (MLS) Cup Champions LA Galaxy (3-4-5, 14 points) 4-0.

The win was the largest margin of victory by an expansion team over a defending MLS champion in MLS history, and marked the second highest attended game for the Lions. Orlando City has averaged 37,446 fans per home game this season, a record for the first six stand-alone MLS home games for an expansion team.

Featuring a lineup that included Tally Hall in the starting XI and Martin Paterson in the 18-man roster, Orlando City jumped off to an early lead when Eric Avila headed home Brek Shea’s assist in the 12th minute after fantastic combination from the Lions deep in LA’s half, beginning with Rafael Ramos and Kaká on the right-hand-side.

Avila’s finish was the first time Orlando has led at home all season.

As the first half came to a close, Orlando’s strong attacking play in the final third continued when Kaká skillfully beat his defender before setting up rookie Cyle Larin for his fourth goal of the season, providing the Lions with a 2-0 advantage going into halftime.

Kaká’s man-of-the-match worthy performance carried over into the second half when the playmaker converted from 12 yards away, after being brought down in the box, sending LA goalkeeper Jaime Penedo the wrong way.

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Defensive midfielder Darwin Cerén added the final blow in the 72nd minute, scoring from distance as his shot took a slight deflection on its way to the goal.

“I’m delighted for everybody connected with the Club, especially the supporters who have been incredible,” said head coach Adrian Heath. “I’m really pleased for the players because they’ve been working so hard. Overall, it’s been a pleasing day for everybody, for my staff, and more importantly the supporters. The most important thing for us is to continue to do what is right. We spoke all week about trying to play more aggressively. “


Orlando City SC Match Recap

Team                    1    2    Final

Orlando City SC    2    2    4

LA Galaxy              0    0    0

Scoring Summary:

ORL – Eric Avila (Brek Shea) 12′

ORL – Cyle Larin (Kaká) 34′

ORL – Kaká (Penalty) 55′

ORL – Darwin Cerén (Unassisted) 72′

Misconduct Summary:

ORL – Kaká (Yellow Card) 56′

LA – Jaime Penedo (Yellow Card) 59′

LA – Mika Vayrynen (Yellow Card) 65′


Orlando City SC – GK Tally Hall, D Luke Boden, Sean St. Ledger, Seb Hines, Rafael Ramos, M Darwin Cerén, Cristian Higuita (Amobi Okugo 73′), Kaká, Eric Avila, Brek Shea (Martin Paterson 82′), F Cyle Larin (Carlos Rivas 77′)

LA Galaxy – GK Jaime Penedo, D Baggio Husidic, AJ DelaGarza, Tom Meyer, Leonardo, M Mika Vayrynen (Sebastian Lletget 68′), Ignacio Maganto (Jose Villareal 64′), Juninho, Stefan Ishizaki, F Gyasi Zardes, Bradley Jamieson (Alan Gordon 46′)

Substitutes not used:

ORL – Donovan Ricketts, Tyler Turner, Harrison Heath, Danny Mwanga

LA – Brian Rowe, Omar Gonzalez, Oscar Sorto, Rafael Garcia

Match Facts:

Time of Match: 5:00 p.m. ET

Weather: Clear

Date: May 17, 2015

Attendance: 40,122



ORL: 11

LAG: 10


ORL: 8

LAG: 4


ORL: 2

LAG: 0


ORL: 9

LAG: 10


ORL: 1

LAG: 3

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The Lions’ next match will take place against the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday, May 24, at Levis Stadium. Kick-off is set for7:00 p.m. ET.

Orlando City will return to the Orlando Citrus Bowl on Saturday, May 30, for a match-up against Eastern Conference foes – Columbus Crew SC. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

To purchase group or individual tickets, visit www.OrlandoCitySC.com or call 855-ORL-CITY.

Also, follow the latest Orlando City news and updates via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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About Orlando City Soccer Club:

One of the leading teams in Major League Soccer (MLS), and the only MLS team in Florida, Orlando City Soccer Club has developed a rich history and passionate following in its short existence since starting in the USL in 2011.  The Lions’ first team set the U.S. record for best start of any professional soccer club in its first 100 USL matches (66-12-22). During that time, the Lions won three regular season titles and two postseason championships.

In MLS, the team draws an average of over 37,400 fans per home game – including 62,500 for its home opener – a record for an expansion team in its first six stand-alone home games. In addition, the team is currently near the top of the league in social media followers. Orlando City has not only captured the passion of soccer fans in the City Beautiful, it continues to build its brand overseas as its matches are broadcast in 100 countries and in 30 languages.

Outside of the first squad, OCSC also has a youth club, Orlando City Youth Soccer (OCYS) and a U-23 team that participates in the PDL. Lastly, the Orlando City Foundation is active in the community year round, promoting health and wellness in children throughout the region, and raising funds for and volunteering time for various local organizations.

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Disney Cruise Line News Recap – A Look Back At The Disney Parks Blog Meet-Up

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The Disney Parks Blog hosted its first Disney Cruise Line Meet-Up, and we were the first to learn about new entertainment coming to Disney Cruise Line and to have the chance to talk with the creative team that develops the onboard entertainment in an hour long presentation that was full of surprises.

To start off our time together Michael Roddy, Disney Cruise Line Show Director, gave us an idea of some of the things you would find during Star Wars Day at Sea.

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Star Wars Day at Sea will be available only aboard the Disney Fantasy on select Western Caribbean sailings, January through April in 2016, and will  mark the first official appearance of the heroes and villains of Star Wars aboard a Disney Cruise Line ship

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Star WarsDay at Sea will take place during cruises departing on the following dates:

  • January 9
  • January 23
  • February 6
  • February 20
  • March 5
  • March 19
  • April 2
  • April 16

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The Star Wars Day at Sea will feature a full day of Star Wars celebrations, including:

  • Deck party celebration with special Meet and Greet opportunities with your favorite Star Wars Characters
  • Special Star Wars Day at Sea Fireworks set tot he John Williams Star Wars Music
  • Additional Meet-and-greets with favorite Star Wars Characters
  • Star Wars-themed activities for younglings of all ages
  • Out-of-this-world food and beverage offerings
  • Exclusive merchandise (while supplies last)
  • The only at-sea screenings of Episode VII
  • And more

It’s important to keep in mind that Star Wars Day at Sea is a one-day extravaganza during your cruise. For the rest of your voyage, you’ll enjoy the itinerary of dining, entertainment, and more that you will find during a Disney Cruise Line sailing.

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For those who will be sailing on the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder this Summer to Europe and Alaska, we were treated to a peek at what the ‘Frozen Day of Fun’ will entail.

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The daytime festivities on-board will include:

Meet and greet opportunities with Queen Elsa, Princess Anna and, for the first time Olaf the Snowman!

You can take part in Anna’s Chase For the Chocolate, which is a seafaring scaventger hunt with a sweet surprise finish.

Do You Want To Build A Snowman? Wield the incredible powers of Queen Elsa to create snow and ice in this fun and frosty activity. 

The Maypole Swirl and Twirl  Gather around the Scandinavian maypole to learn a traditional folk dance with colorful ribbons. Circle around the pole and be amazed as the dancers’ ribbons braid together into a magnificently interwoven pattern. 

Special Frozen -Themed Dining  Enjoy this hand-crafted menu of traditional Nordic fare created just for the party—along with special dishes inspired by the movie Frozen—in a spectacular feast fit for a royal appetite! 

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There are also going to be special adventures ashore created exclusively for Disney Cruise Line that will immerse guests in the splendor and charm of Norway, with the help of Anna and Elsa, in an enchanting storybook village.

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The production of Disney Dreams … An Enchanted Classic will also have a new Frozen addition, as Anna, Elsa and Olaf join the line up of beloved Disney characters who together teach a young girl the power of her dreams. Brand-new scenes featuring “Frozen” characters include renditions of three popular songs: “Let it Go,” “For the First Time in Forever” and “In Summer.”

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Then this cool day at sea will end by Freezing the Night Away With Anna, Elsa and Friends. This family-friendly interactive deck party will have special decorations, tons of dancing, and appearances from Elsa and Kristoff along with virtual visits from Sven, Olaf, and the trolls.

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Disney Cruise Line’s private Island, Castaway Cay, will also be getting a Frozen addition when the new Summertime Freeze opens offering non-alcoholic frozen drinks in souvenir cups such as “Olaf’s Flurry Freeze,” “Sven’s Carrot Delight” and “Warm Hugs.” Summertime Freeze will be located near the Pelican Point tram stop by Castaway Cay Family Beach.

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The final presentation during the Disney Parks Blog Disney Cruise Line Meet-Up was the most exciting, because it was a look at Tangled: The Musical which will be replacing Villains Tonight! On the Disney Magic on November 11, 2015 sailing.

Tangled: The Musical” will immerse you in Rapunzel’s fairytale world through lavish production numbers and spellbinding music. The show will stay true to the storyline from the hit feature film—with a few special twists to create a live staged production—featuring favorite characters like Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, the villainous Mother Gothel, and Maximus the police horse.” Jonathan Frontado from the Disney Parks Blog.

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What is really, really exciting is that the show will include three new songs created for this show by Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken and Grammy Award-winning lyricist Glenn Slater.

We were also the first to see an image from “I See The Light” scene, and how the lanterns will envelop the audience.

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The Broadway-acclaimed Production team that Disney Cruise Line has put together for Tangled: The Musical is amazing, and I am seriously excited to hear more about Tangled: The Musical in the future!

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At the conclusion of the presentations and Q&A session, there were specialty Disney Cruise Line desserts served and we were able to meet and greet with Stormtroopers, Rapunzel & Flynn Rider, and Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, & Olaf.

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I have had the lovely opportunity to attend several Disney Parks Blog Meet-Ups over the years, and if you are interested in attending them all you need to do is keep an eye on their Blog and Twitter for details.

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The Disney Parks Blog Meet-Ups are held throughout the year, and open to all readers through a sign-up process until capacity is reached.

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Disney Twenty-Three Celebrates 60 Magical Years of Disneyland

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Disney Twenty-Three Celebrates 60 Magical Years of Disneyland

With more than 40 pages of stories, photographs, and images, D23 Honors the past while celebrating the future of Walt’s first park. Plus, Leonard Maltin gives readers a sneak peek of the Summer’s biggest movies.

I am a D23 Charter Member, and my collection of Disney Twenty-Three Magazines are some of my most prized possessions. And while there have been some truly amazing issues, I’m looking at you Spring 2010,  I am beyond excited for this Summer’s issue celebrating Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary!!!

As Disneyland approaches its 60th anniversary, Disney twenty-three brings readers inside the party, with an in-depth look at how the park is celebrating this milestone with new parades, spectaculars, and enhancements to popular attractions. In preparation for the landmark occasion, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club took Disney Legend Marty Sklar—who worked at Disneyland on opening day—and Walt Disney Imagineering Chief Creative Executive Bruce Vaughn on a walk through Disneyland, where they reminisce about details from the past, such as the park’s legendary opening day, and look ahead at all the excitement yet to come.

Also in the Summer issue, available exclusively to D23 Gold Members, the Walt Disney Archives unveils rarely showcased ephemera from Disneyland’s opening including a media pass and concept art for freeway billboards promoting the world’s first theme park. And for Disney parks foodies, there’s a look at some of the park’s signature snacks, from Dole Whips and turkey legs to churros and Mickey Mouse ice cream bars.

Plus, film critic, historian, and co-producer of the Walt Disney Treasures DVD series Leonard Maltin gives a behind-the-scenes look at Disney’s three big summer movies featuring exclusive interviews with Tomorrowland director Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille), Inside Out director Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc., Up), and Ant-Man director Peyton Reed. Each director offers Maltin—who authored the book The Disney Films—a fascinating look at the creation of the colorful, complicated, and magnificent worlds of their three films.

Also included in the Summer issue of Disney twenty-three:

  • Rarely seen photos from the Disneyland Hotel’s storied history
  • A look inside a Disneyland Pitch Portfolio that was used to sell East Coast investors on Walt’s vision for the park
  • Fifty years of Disney Ambassadors and how they bring magic to people around the globe
  • Newlyweds share the stories of their beautiful Disney-themed weddings
  • An up-close look at the beloved animated feature Pinocchio with historian J.B. Kaufman
  • Regular columns including A Walk with Walt, D Society, and Ask Dave

D23 Members are invited to visit D23.com for additional online-exclusive features, including a gallery of more artwork from the Disneyland Pitch Portfolio, used to showcase concepts of the park that would turn Walt’s dream into a reality.

Other features coming to D23.com include:

  • Disney Legend Marty Sklar talking about the past and future of Disneyland as the park celebrates its 60th anniversary
  • A robust gallery of images of Disneyland through the years
  • A dazzling display of wedding cakes to bring a sweet finish to any Disney fan’s wedding, from classic confections to truly innovative tastes for all the senses

Disney twenty-three, which is delivered directly to fans’ doorsteps, is offered exclusively to D23 Gold Members as a benefit of their membership. The latest issue will begin arriving late May.

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About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication,Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($74.99) and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com and at DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube..

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