Honey, I’m home.
After a 484 day hiatus, the ILF blog is back with another banger. So you might be asking yourself, what have you guys been doing this whole time? The real question my friends is what haven’t we been doing? Myself and fellow ILF staff writer Angel Ortiz just returned from the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl parade. Wasn’t that parade like 6 months ago you ask? You’re god damn right it was 6 months ago and we’ve been roaming drunk up and down Broad street ever since. ILF senior editor Zach Gamble has also been keeping quite busy since our last post. Zach spent sometime in the mountains of Tennessee and came back to Florida Woke af (don’t ask me). Nowadays, Mr. Gamble finds himself fighting against the logging industry in Madagascar and sticking up for women’s rights in Tuvalu. Fellow ILF blog contributor Bo Brown after a booze filled night out at Top Golf decided to quit his day job, move to Columbus, OH and pursue a career in professional golfing, needless to say we wish him well.
Now that we got that out of the way, how has Orlando City been doing? Not great, Bob. Since our last post, Orlando City has posted a 12-11-24 record, finished 11 points outside of the playoffs last season, fired Jason Kreis and currently has the most losses in the MLS right now. So in a way you could say Orlando City has defied expectations, if those expectations were to be a dumpster fire. On paper this season was supposed to be different. A top South American prospect in Colman? Yup. MLS veterans in Kjestan and Meram? Check and check. Defenders with big league experience in Sane and Tarek? Oh yeah baby. A full offseason of Dom Dwyer and Yoshi Yotun? Talk dirty to me. Everything started off peachy, this looked like the year we might actually make the playoffs that have eluded Orlando City every season in MLS. We started off the season with a solid 6-1-2 record and coming off a 6 match win streak we were feeling good and then May 13th came. Atlanta United were coming to our house AND we were red hot, surely this was going to be the time we beat those clowns from the A. Boy were we wrong. Not only did Orlando City go on to lose that game but they went on to lose the next 11 out of 12 matches in the saddest summer in Orlando City history.
Enter James O’Connor, Orlando City’s prodigal son. A manager who understands supporter culture and demands 110% from his players. Not a guy who wears jeans shorts to the bar and orders warm milk (cc: Jason Kreis). JOC’s tenure as OCSC gaffer has started off rocky but it never was going to be easy to turn around this team after a horrible few months. Playoffs? Ha don’t make me laugh. Bottom of the table? Probably.