Antonio Nocerino

A Moment of Silence

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April 8, 2016 was the date.  Chester, Pennsylvania was the setting.  Antonio Nocerino returned to the Orlando City starting XI, yet made as much of a contribution against the Union as he had after getting pulled from the 4-1 thumping of Portland.

With Shea and Larin out, and Higuita a late scratch, many may have looked at Nocerino's ineffectiveness as a major culprit for the lack of creativity in the final third.  He wasn't brought in to be a world beater or even the #2 or #3 guy.  He has talent and, as witnessed recently when he was shown on camera imploring Larin to be aggressive, a willingness to perform.  He just hasn't.

Nocerino shown here during OCSC's match against Philadelphia Union April 8, 2016

Nocerino shown here during OCSC's match against Philadelphia Union April 8, 2016

Toni, you'd do well to tighten up sooner rather than later because if there's one thing history tells us, it's a player can find himself cut loose with little to no reason.  Don't be the guy that finds out on Twitter. 

If worse comes to worst, they're hiring at the Orlando Eye.  Keep that in mind. 

Orlando City v.s Chicago Fire Preview

It's matchday! And we're here to preview the Eastern Conference matchup between your Orlando City Lions and that team from Chicago that are just as useless as Derrick Rose's knees and Jay Cutler's arm.

ENTER NOCERINO:

Antonio Nocerino arrived in Orlando just a week ago but is already lighting it up in practice and catching the eye of many, mostly females. Said one Orlando City staff member "We had to put up higher fences around the training pitch as the women around Central Florida have become complete savages for Nocerino."  Nocerino has also had to install a wall taller than a giraffe around his new digs.  Fucking guy gets more play than DiCaprio on Oscar night. With Kaka slated to miss his second match in a row and Darwin Ceren out because of his red card, we expect Nocerino to get a good chunk of minutes tonight.

BACKGROUND:

Through 1 season in MLS, Orlando City has won two matches and drawn once against Chicago (We don't dare mention the U.S Open Cup exit). Last season the Fire finished in dead last in the East and at the bottom of the entire league. If you thought it couldn't get uglier, we're just starting. The Fire also haven't been to the playoffs the last 5 of 6 years, which is a difficult task in a league that sends over half the league to the playoffs. Somehow Chicago fans will blame the infamous Steve Bartman for their playoff drought, but the fact of the matter is the Chicago Fire just suck.

Chicago's favorite son, Steve Bartman.  

Chicago's favorite son, Steve Bartman.  

 SERVANDO CARRASCO:

I've expressed my displeasure with Carrasco on countless occasions so here I am to eat my words after Carrasco saved the day this past Sunday with a wonderful pass from about 700 yards out to Larin to setup the Adrian Winter winner. Don't let me see you sending weak ass back passes to the goal keeper again though.  Mr. Morgan needs to step up big tonight again. 

THE RETURN OF PAUL TENORIO:

Ah, the return of long time Orlando Sentinel/Orlando City writer, Paul Tenorio. Good old Paul left his post at the Sentinel recently and took an easier job for the worst team in MLS, the Chicago Fire. Did Tenorio jump ship when he saw the ILF Blog getting all the attention?  Leaving Orlando City for the Chicago Fire is the definition of hustling backwards.  It is trading in your Tesla for a Prius.  You do you however Tenorio.  Maybe he wanted to be closer to the Northwestern Alumni Club.  Frankly we don't care.  

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS:

Friday night matches are a favorite of TBB's everywhere. TBB's love football and partying and nothing beats kicking off a weekend binge then with a Friday night kickoff. With that said, we think getting off work early today is a wise choice and we won't tell your boss if you decide to put an adult beverage of sorts into your Friday morning coffee.

AWAY FANS:

A fair amount of Chicago supporters made the trip to Orlando last season and we can expect the same tonight.

Sector Latino - Que tal raza.  Marimba on us. 

Section 8 - Not welcome.

I'm out! Let's rage tonight.

 

 

 

ILF Mailbag

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Each day here at theironlionfirm.com offices we receive numerous comments and questions into our mailbox. So we figured we'd answer some of those questions in a new series we're calling "ILF Mailbag". Onto the questions!

Please stop with the fake posts. They are not funny. I ran my car into a light pole when I read the Neymar news only to later find out it wasn't true. Please be respectful and only report true things.

- Eric, Madrid

Eric, thanks for reading the blog! First off, you probably shouldn't be on your phone while driving. Doesn't seem very safe. That may be more your fault than it is ours.  

Second of all, we fully believe in the information we receive from our sources. Neymar was in serious talks to join Orlando City but negotiations fell through. It happens sometimes. But that won't stop us from reporting on the news as we get it. As the great Michael Scott once said, quoting the legendary Wayne Gretzky "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take".  

Who do you think has the best hair on the club? 

 - Bryan, Orlando 

With the recent departure of Estrella this one is tough to call. There are many worthy candidates. You have the flowing blond locks of Brek Shea. Or the clean, close look Kevin Molino has been spotted sporting recently. But for our money you can't beat the wonderful hairstyle of the Mastermind and Crafter himself, head coach Adrian Heath. No matter how heated Inchy gets at the referees his hair always seems to stay in place. Kudos to his hairstylist!

What do you guys think of the signing of Antonio Nocerino?  

 - Piper, Windemere, Florida 

While you can find out what we think Nocerino's signing will mean for central Florida here, we'll break down what it could mean for the club itself. Nocerino brings a world of experience with him and should link up with his former AC Milan teammate Kaka very nicely. We just hope his arrival won't stunt the growth of our young midfielders like Carlos Rivas and Cristian Higuita. 

I want to play for your club. I am great midfielder and score many goals. Please tell me how to sign up to play for your club.  

 - Yassine, Algeria 

Yassine, thank you for your interest in our club. We regret to inform you that we are all filled up at midfield after our recent signing of the man they call Derek "Long Legs" Sheiman. We will have tryouts for next year's squad in late December off the south coast of France. Hope to see you there.  

I love the passion and pride you guys have for Orlando City. You guys always kill it in the terraces. And this blog is absolutely hilarious and informative. Keep up the great work! How do I become a member of your illustrious club? 

 - Rob,  Chicago

Thank you so much for your kind words. We appreciate it and hope to continue to make you proud. Memberships are available online or at select tailgates this season. Please keep your eyes on our Twitter or Facebook pages as to when that will be. 

That wraps up the inaugural edition of the ILF mailbag. If you have any questions you want answered in the next edition of the mailbag email us at ironlionfirm@gmail.com or by using the contact button of this website. See you in the terraces!

Welcome to Orlando, Antonio Nocerino

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Orlando City have completed a move with D.C. United for the rights to former AC Milan midfielder Antonio Nocerino with OCSC sealing the deal by merely paying enough allocation money to D.C. United to stop their bitching.

The Italian international made his name in Serie A playing with many clubs including powerhouses Juventus and AC Milan, while one of his universally recognized attributes is the ability to be an affordable gold card in FIFA Ultimate Team year in and year out, helping to round out any Italian squad with great chemistry.

We welcome Nocerino with open arms to the City Beautiful and expect he'll make one hell of an addition as an experienced midfielder and as recently-single Kaká's designated driver.

BREAKING: Is this Italian midfielder Antonio Nocerino exiting Orlando International Airport?

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Rumors have been hot and heavy over the possibility of AC Milan midfielder Antonio Nocerino signing a deal with Major League Soccer, with his likely destination being Orlando City Soccer Club.

A local resident with a keen eye took the following picture.  Is this Nocerino leaving MCO and on his way to potentially hammer out a deal to play amongst our Lions?

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No.  This is actor Michael Fassbender leaving LAX in 2015.

We will continue to not provide details on this story as it continues to not unfold.