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Why We're Thankful This Thanksgiving

If you’re anything like me then you absolutely love Thanksgiving. Turkey, mashed potatoes, hanging with family, and watching the Detroit Lions choke away another fourth quarter lead have all become Thanksgiving traditions in my household. Another big tradition which I'm sure most families participate in is going around the table at Thanksgiving dinner and saying what you are thankful for. This year, I thought I'd do something different and post my thoughts here for the entire world to see as Orlando City has given me a lot to be thankful for.

For starters, I'm thankful for the friends and family members that Orlando City and the Iron Lion Firm have brought me. I have met so many wonderful people because of this club and I am proud to call a lot of them family. I cherish all of the good times we have had over the years and look forward to making even more memories in the years to come.

I'm also thankful for all the lessons in stress management than I have learned watching Orlando City play this year. I could write a book with all of the different techniques I've learned. Breathing exercises, stress balls, punching things. You name it, I've tried it. Seriously, if not for all of the different stress relief methods I looked up after yet another Orlando City draw (14 draws! Really?!?! Are you kidding me OC?!?! You turned how many victories into draws this year??? I couldn't even count them by the end of the year. Winning just one of those draws would've put you in the playoffs! I'm getting stressed out just typing this sentence.....Wooosahh. Wooosahh. Ok, I'm better now.) I'm pretty sure I would've had a heart attack. So thank you Orlando City for forcing me to learn techniques which will make watching matches easier, improve my health, and that I can use in everyday life. 

Orlando City players, coaches, and staff all have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season as well. The club will be holding their annual holiday party later this week and I got a sneak peek  at the speeches select players and staff members will be giving. Allow me to give you just a sampling of their speeches below.

Brek Shea is thankful he still has a job and is able to pay his tab at Bullit Bar and buy art supplies for his next big project.

Kaka is thankful he got LeBron James' number at the last Cavs-Magic game and can now text him for advice on leadership and how to win.

Joe Bendik is thankful his back line was so awful that it allowed him to win MLS Save of the Week 11 times and run away with MLS Save of the Year.

Kevin Molino's happy he plays for Trinidad and Tobago and still has a shot at the World Cup.

Adrian Heath is thankful the club let him go so he doesn't have to deal with this mess anymore and can now move on to a better job in Minnesota. 

There's been lots to be thankful for this year. Leave a comment on what you're thankful for this holiday season. Thanks for reading! Happy Thanksgiving and Go City!

4 Reasons Servando Carrasco Wears The Pants In The Relationship

In order to level the playing field (or pitch depending on if you're fancy or not), we decided to take a look at how Carrasco puts his big boy pants on. 

TACOS: 

After flying around the pitch and scoring hat tricks against Trinidad and Tobago, Alex Morgan needs some quality chow. Growing up in Tijuana, Carrasco makes a mean taco. And not those phony lettuce, tomato, and cheese ones. We're talking authentic Tinga de pollo topped with cilantro and onions. 

HE PUT A HEMI IN IT: 

Carrasco has been known to blow through ILF tailgates in a blacked out, lifted Ford Raptor. Whether you're from Bithlo or Oviedo, all chicks dig a little mud on the tires. Keep on burning that rubber.

SURFS UP, BRUH: 

When you spend your high school years in San Diego, you're automatically a surf bum. Ladies love the long hair and instant washboard abs. Spending afternoons in the saltwater keeps that skin fresh and smooth for the woman. But don't spend too much time in there. People don't like when you're salty.   

CITY BEAUTIFUL: 

What better place to choose to continue a career with your wife than in a city nicknamed the "City Beautiful"? It's as simple as reminding her that Orlando's nickname comes from her. Stay thirsty, my friends. 

P.S. Alex, please shave your mustache.  

Alexis Garcia goes from biochemist to Orlando City.

Alexis with ILF in Austin, TX. 

Alexis with ILF in Austin, TX. 

While focusing on academics at UT Austin last Spring, Alexis Garcia still had the goal of becoming a pro soccer player in the back of his mind. After hearing that several MLS scouts would be at a tournament in Austin, he decided to join the UT club team after many early mornings of merely training and playing intramurals. 

He scored four goals in four games. Orlando City was hooked. 

He was invited to train with Orlando City youth teams that were in town too. 

He scored four goals in four games...again. Orlando City offered him a delayed contract to finish school. 

Fast forward to 2016 and Alexis Garcia is set to join Orlando City B in May as our newest Lion. 

Look forward to seeing you soon in purple, brother! 

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Read the original article on Alexis' unique journey to Orlando.  

Josh Ford wins 2015 Mr. ILF award.

Josh Ford, the definition of a true Barra brava. 

Josh Ford, the definition of a true Barra brava. 

Back in November, former Orlando City goalkeeper Josh Ford was arrested near UCF for fighting. A confidential source of the ILF News crew tipped us off that Ford began throwing hands at the Knight Library when he was caught locking lips with the wife of now former Lions' Chief Soccer Officer, Armando Carneiro. 

Many believe Ford saw his contract with the club terminated for this reason, with the arrest causing him to miss the trip to Brazil for the Flamengo match. While he is out of contract with the Senior team, the 28-year-old keeper is set to tryout for the ILF Team in the coming months.

"Josh Ford's recent tussle exhibits the passion and ferocity that we look for when scouting players for the ILF", said the ILF President in a recent interview. 

Congratulations on winning the 2015 Mr. ILF award, Josh. And good luck with your upcoming tryout. 

Pour one for my homie...

Today we bid farewell to former Orlando City goalkeeper Tally Hall.  OCSC has chosen not to renew the contract for our 2015 starting keeper.  Untimely injuries have been the story of Hall's career.  

Best of luck Tally.  In your one year in Orlando, you made quite an impression on the Iron Lion Firm and on our city.  We hope you enjoyed your time in the 407 and assure you that you will feel nothing but love whenever you come back. 

Pour one for my homie.  See you around Tally.