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Orlando City 4 - LA Galaxy 0: Where Are They Now?

Almost two years ago the LA Galaxy rolled into town as the 2014 MLS champions. I remembered this day well surprisingly as I had started drinking early in the day for the EPL matches and a few of my mates had birthday's that weekend. We had lost 3 out of last 4 matches going into the Galaxy match and hadn't won a home match that season so many of us expected the worst. What would end up happening however was something we'd all remember for a long long time.

So almost two years later, where are they now?

Tally Hall:
A fan favorite during the 2015 Orlando City season, Tally went from saving our butts throughout the course of the season to kicking butts all around Orlando as part of the Orlando Police Department. When he's not fighting crime, he can be seen hanging outside Valhalla Bakery with a Churro doughnut in hand.

Rafael Ramos:

Still an Orlando City player, Ramos has yet to fulfill his potential at right back. Injuries and red cards have derailed the once promising player from Benfica. Though still only 22, Ramos needs to prove he can stay healthy and worry less about taking selfies at Sea World.

Seb Hines:

Easily one of the most scrutinized players Orlando City has had in the last few years. A prime target for memes and trolls on Twitter with Kermit the Frog as their avatar, Seb Hines has since been replaced by the likes of Spector, Aja and Redding. I have to admit, I actually forgot he was still an Orlando City player.

Sean St. Ledger:

Sorry I got to do it, LOL. Sean St. Ledger's stay in Orlando was short lived and I honestly have no idea what he's doing nowadays nor do I really care to Google it. After starting against the Galaxy, St. Ledger lasted roughly two more months with Orlando City before not making the flight back from New York after a 5-3 defeat against NYCFC. 

Luke Boden:

Oh Luke, why? A fan favorite for many years going back to the USL days. Bodz was released after the 2016 Orlando City season as he struggled to keep up with the pace of the MLS. He unfortunately went on to sign for some shitty club, has changed barbers and now has a crappy hairdo. 

Cristian Higuita:

The Colombian midfielder is still around and a vital part of Jason Kreis's squad. Do I expect him to be here for another two years? Probably not. Higuita has a fairly high ceiling and if he can work on his temper and avoiding cards, we could see him part ways with Orlando City in the not so distant future.

Darwin Ceren:

After the match was already locked up, Ceren decided to add on to the goal tally with the 4th and final goal of the stomping. Since then Ceren was traded for Matias Perez Garcia who has been an absolute beast since coming to Orlando and getting regular minutes. One of the better transactions in Orlando City history I'd say. 

Eric Avila:

Avila scored 1 of the 4 goals on this day and since then his career has went down the drain and by that I mean he plays for Tampa nowadays. 

Kaka:

Currently recovering from an injury suffered on the first match of the 2017 season, Kaka has had numerous stints on the injury list since that day in 2015. Kaka however did provide one of the more memorable moments in Orlando City MLS history when he scored a 56th minute penalty kick and ran to the bench to collect a Kevin Molino jersey who was injured two weeks prior. It was nice sign of respect for a player he'd only befriended a few months prior.

Brek Shea:

Brek never lived up to the hype during his days in Orlando. Besides schooling a NYCFC player on opening day in 2015 and a rocket goal in 2016 against Portland, Brek didn't do a whole lot. Before the 2017 season, Shea was traded to Vancouver in exchange for Giles Barnes who in his short time in Orlando has become a fan favorite for his hustle and heart. Something Brek Shea never seemed to have. 

Cyle Larin:

Dat Guy produced the 2nd goal of the match and would later go on to break the MLS Rookie Goal Record. While frustrating at times when he seems disinterested, no one can debate that he has an eye for goal. So far in 2017 he has scored 3 goals in 4 matches and has been a very important part of the attack for Orlando City. Though it's not a given that Larin is here in the long run, we can only hope he keeps banging in the goals. 

 

VAMOS ORLANDO!

 

ILF Mailbag: Fall Edition

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It's that time of year again, where we take it easy with the online banter and dig into the ILF mailbag addressing questions and concerns.  After a two-month nap, let's get into it. 

 

On match days there are many tailgate activities, but none that seem as enjoyable as flip cup.  I've played here and there but have streaky performances and I'm not too confident in just walking up to a game, can you offer any advice? - Abby M., Eustis, FL

This is a fantastic question, Abby.  Flip cup is one of the easiest games to pick up and play, and we here in the ILF have put together a visual aid for the simple three step process met with great success by one of our members.  Practice!

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What's up ILF, I'm majorly stressing out over here.  I've been with my girlfriend for some time and I think now is that time for that next step and lock it down before she comes to her senses and runs away with our children.  What's a great way to make this proposal memorable for her? - Javier O., Orlando, FL 

Brilliant!  Well to make it really memorable I suggest playing the long game.  Make her wait long enough that she just gets tired of waiting and quietly assumes it's not happening for a while until all of a sudden you spring it up on her in front of The Simpsons ride at Universal, right beside the DeLorean.  Congratulations in advance, kids.  Much love from the Firm, we raise a Duff to you.

That's the power of love. 

That's the power of love. 

 

What's up brothers and sisters.  As I sit in this cold, dark place over a bowl of french onion soup I can't help but feel overcome with a mixture of love from all over and remnants of a several year long hangover.  It feels as though the winds of change are about to blow, how do I interpret all of this? - Stevie C., the terraces of Alanyaspor

It sounds like you're dealing with very complex feelings within yourself, young man.  The important thing to do is look within yourself.  We hope that this hit song from Swedish band Roxette is sufficient to aid you in your journey.

 

 

On September 17th Orlando City takes on Columbus Crew and if we win the match, that victory is legit.  Does the Iron Lion Firm have a calculation for the odds of OCSC making the playoffs?  Inquiring minds need to know, fam. - Jeremy M., The Beacham 

You know, they say all teams are created equal, but you look at Orlando City and you look at Columbus Crew, and you can see that statement is not true.  See, normally if you go eleven-on-eleven with another team, you got a 50-50 chance of winning, but Orlando City are genetic freaks, and they're not normal, so you got a 25% chance at best at beating them.  And then you add D.C. United to the mix? Your chances of winning drastically go down.

See the three-way, in the eastern conference, you got a 33 1/3 chance of winning.  But Orlando City got a 66 2/3 chance of winning, cause D.C. United KNOWS they can't beat them, and they're not even gonna try.  So, Montreal Impact, you take your 33 1/3 chance, minus our 25 percent chance, and you got an 8 1/3 chance of making the MLS Playoffs.  But then you take our 75 percent chance at winning, if we was to go one-on-one, and to add 66 2/3 chan...percents, we got a 141 2/3 chance of making the MLS Playoffs.

 

That concludes this installment of the ILF Mailbag, please send any questions you have to ironlionfirm@gmail.com to potentially be answered in future editions of the mailbag. 

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.