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Orlando City Loses Fifth-Straight Match to Vancouver



VANCOUVER (FNN SPORTS) – In the third match of a five-game road trip, Orlando City SC (6-7-1, 19 points) fell 5-2 to Vancouver Whitecaps FC (6-5-5, 23 points) on Saturday at BC Place. Photo: Orlando City SC

VANCOUVER (FNN SPORTS) – Source: Orlando City SC // In the third match of a five-game road trip, Orlando City SC (6-7-1, 19 points) fell 5-2 to Vancouver Whitecaps FC (6-5-5, 23 points) on Saturday at BC Place. Sacha Kljestan scored his third goal of the season.

“At the moment you can’t play 90 percent well. You forget about the 10 percent,” Lions head coach Jason Kreis said. “For me, that’s the difference right now. Because again, another night where we start off the game and we’re just dictating things, bossing things on their field, and then we give the ball away one time in the middle of the field, we’re disorganized and they go right down the field and score the very first chance that they have. Maybe that’s what we need to be focused on, is the 10 percent.”

Vancouver opened the scoring in the 36th minute when Alphonso Davies found Kei Kamara.

The Lions were reduced to 10 men when Mohamed El-Munir was shown a second yellow card in the 58th minute.

Orlando City leveled the score when second-half substitute Tony Rocha found Kljestan, who slotted it inside the far post in the 64th minute.

Davies scored the eventual game-winner in the 76th minute. Kamara scored from the penalty spot in the 85th minute after Vancouver was awarded a penalty kick upon Video Review. Yordy Reyna and Nicolas Mezquida also scored in the waning minutes.

Dom Dwyer scored his seventh goal of the season on the final touch of the game. Chris Mueller and Josué Colmán were credited with assists.

Goalkeeper Joe Bendik made four saves, including his 500th career MLS save. Bendik is City’s all-time leader with 272 MLS saves.

The Lions visit the Montreal Impact on Wednesday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. ET. City then plays its U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 match at D.C. United on June 20 before returning to Orlando City Stadium on June 23 against Montreal.

Tickets to all City home matches are available at or by calling 855-ORL-CITY.

Match Notes

  • GK Joe Bendik made four saves to earn his 500th career MLS save.
  • F Dom Dwyer scored his seventh goal of the season in his first appearance since May 13 vs. Atlanta United.
  • M Tony Rocha earned his first assist since May 31, 2017, vs. D.C. United.
  • M Sacha Kljestan scored his third goal as a Lion.
  • M Josué Colmán had the first multi-assist game of his MLS career.
  • Colmán now has four assists in his last four MLS games.
  • F Chris Mueller earned his fourth assist of 2018. Mueller has three assists in his last four MLS matches.

Scoring Summary:
VAN – Kei Kamara (Alphonso Davies) 36’
ORL – Sacha Kljestan (Tony Rocha, Josué Colmán) 64’
VAN – Alphonso Davies 76’
VAN – Kei Kamara (PK) 85’
VAN – Yordy Reyna (Alphonso Davies) 87’
VAN – Nicolás Mezquida (Alphonso Davies) 90’
ORL – Dom Dwyer (Chris Mueller, Josué Colmán) 90+4’

Misconduct Summary:
ORL – Will Johnson (Yellow Card) 12’
ORL – Mohamed El-Munir (Yellow Card) 27’
VAN – Brek Shea (Yellow Card) 33’
ORL – Cristian Higuita (Yellow Card) 45’
ORL – RJ Allen (Yellow Card) 50’
ORL – Mohamed El-Munir (Second Yellow, Red Card) 58’
VAN – José Aja (Yellow Card) 70’


Vancouver Whitecaps FC – GK Brian Rowe, D Brek Shea, Doneil Henry, José Aja, Jakob Nerwinksi, M Alphonso Davies, Aly Ghazal (Jordan Mutch 74’), Felipe, Cristian Techera (Nicolás Mezquida 74’), F Yordy Reyna (Russell Teibert 88’), ⓒ Kei Kamara

Substitutes Not Used: GK Sean Melvin, D Sean Franklin, Aaron Maund, F Anthony Blondell

Orlando City SC – GK Joe Bendik, D Mohamed El-Munir, Amro Tarek, Chris Schuler, Will Johnson (RJ Allen 40’), M Uri Rosell, Cristian Higuita (Dom Dwyer 64’), Justin Meram (Tony Rocha 61’), ⓒ Sacha Kljestan, Chris Mueller, F Josué Colmán

Substitutes Not Used: GK Earl Edwards, Jr., M Jose Villarreal, Richie Laryea, F Stéfano Pinho

Details of the Game:
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Weather: Indoors
Date: June 9, 2018
Attendance: 22,120


VAN – 48.8 %
ORL – 51.2 %

VAN – 16
ORL – 13

VAN – 4
ORL – 4

VAN – 13
ORL – 16

VAN – 1
ORL – 6


Brazilian Legend Marta Returns to Orlando Pride on Two-Year Deal



FILE - Orlando Pride forward Marta chases the ball during Orlando Pride's home match against Gotham FC at Exploria Stadium on June 20, 2021. (Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News file photo)
FILE - Orlando Pride forward Marta chases the ball during Orlando Pride's home match against Gotham FC at Exploria Stadium on June 20, 2021. (Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News file photo)

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Source: Orlando Pride // The Orlando Pride and forward Marta have agreed to a two-year deal, signing the player to the Pride through the 2024 season, with Allocation Money used in the signing. The 36-year-old looks to add to an already historic career in her upcoming seventh season with the Pride.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Marta back with the Pride. As we looked at building our roster, there was never any question that we wanted to have her continue as part of our project, not only for her abilities on the pitch, but her mentality, values and leadership embody the culture we want in our locker room,” Head Coach Seb Hines said. “We know last season’s injury was a difficult one, but she has been working extremely hard toward her recovery and we know she will have a point to prove when she returns in 2023. We can’t wait for her to add to her historic career here, in Orlando, as a member of the Pride.”

Marta had her 2022 season cut short with the Pride after suffering an ACL injury against the North Carolina Courage in just the second match of the Challenge Cup. Since joining the Club in 2017, the Brazilian international has made 84 appearances and recorded a Club-leading 27 goals – seven of those game-winners – to go along with 14 assists while donning the Pride kit.

“I’ve been very happy during my time here in Orlando and I’m excited to continue as part of the Pride for the next two years,” Marta said. “The Club and community have become my family here in the United States, so it makes me smile knowing I will get to continue as part of that. I’m very excited for the future we are building for the Pride and can’t wait to return to the field next year, play alongside my teammates, and fight for a championship for our fans.”

On the international stage, Marta is the only women’s player to be named FIFA World Player of the Year six times, and the lone player — men’s or women’s — to win five in a row. She also holds the record for most career goals at the FIFA World Cup with 17 for Brazil and is the first player in the sport’s history to score at five different World Cup tournaments. In 2021, she also became the first player to score in five-consecutive Olympic Games. With the Seleção, Marta has amassed 179 international caps and is the federation’s all-time leading scorer with 119 goals, more than Pele, Neymar and Ronaldo, among others.

In addition to her five FIFA Women’s World Cup appearances, she is a two-time silver medalist at the Olympic Games and was named to the first-ever FIFA FIFPro Women’s World XI at the annual The Best FIFA Football Awards in Milan, Italy, in 2019.

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Orlando City, Orlando Pride Hire Veteran Sports Executives Chris Kamke and Kelly Hyne



Kelly Hyne, left, has been named SVP of Brand Alliances, while Chris Kamke has been named Chief Strategy Officer. Both are filling newly-created positions for the Club. Photos: Orlando City Soccer Club. Photo collage by Florida National News.
Kelly Hyne, left, has been named SVP of Brand Alliances, while Chris Kamke has been named Chief Strategy Officer. Both are filling newly-created positions for the Club. Photos: Orlando City Soccer Club. Photo collage by Florida National News.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando City SC and the Orlando Pride has bolstered its front office operations with the addition of two key positions, as the Club today announced the hiring of seasoned sports executives Chris Kamke and Kelly Hyne. The pair have recently begun their tenures, with Kamke joining the organization as Chief Strategy Officer, while Hyne has been named SVP of Brand Alliances, both filling newly-created positions for the Club.

“A little over a year ago when the Wilf Family purchased our clubs, they immediately made a commitment to building a world-class organization, on and off the pitch. In order to do that we need to recruit, develop, and retain world-class talent,” said Jarrod Dillon, president of business operations for Orlando City and Orlando Pride. “In adding two industry respected leaders in Chris Kamke and Kelly Hyne, as well as a number of recent promotions and new position investments, we have taken massive steps in assembling a world-class executive team and front office.”

A leader in the business intelligence space, Kamke will be responsible for leading the Club’s strategy and analytics; ticket operations, sales and service; suite sales and service; and overall organizational business planning. Alongside the senior leadership team, Kamke will also be charged with expanding and increasing revenue-generation projects for both the teams and Exploria Stadium, the 25,500 seat venue in the heart of downtown Orlando.

Kamke joins the Club following 11 years with Vinik Sports Group, where he most recently served as the organization’s VP of Strategy and Analytics, primarily with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League and Amalie Arena. Throughout his tenure with VSG, Kamke had a hand in every area of revenue generation, overseeing strategy, analytics and ticketing operations while also working hand-in-hand with the partnership and brand departments to maximize impact and end result.

Under Kamke’s leadership, the Lightning saw consistent ticket revenue growth, 275+ consecutive sellouts, the longest in the NHL, and ranked top 5 in paid tickets over the last six seasons.

The Strategy and Analytics Department at VSG was a brainchild for Kamke, as he created and managed the department which ultimately served as an in-house strategy and analytics consultant for all of the organization’s departments. With Orlando City, Pride and Exploria Stadium, he will oversee the development of a similar department, responsible for the hiring and creation of a new business intelligence unit.

A graduate of the University of Central Florida’s Master’s program, Kamke also had prior stints at Professional Bull Riders, UCF and the Tindall Corporation.

“I’d like to thank Jarrod Dillon and the rest of the leadership team for this opportunity. I’m extremely excited to join the Orlando City and Orlando Pride organization and to have the opportunity to build and grow the sport of soccer in the United States,” Kamke said. “Orlando is an incredible soccer market, with amazing fans, and I’m very excited to continue growing our organization into one of premier clubs in both MLS and the NWSL.”

Hyne, who was named to Sports Business Journal’s Game Changer Class of 2016, will lead the Club’s Brand Alliances team, formerly Corporate Partnerships, to build and establish symbiotic relationships between the Club and its stakeholders, while also looking to add new partners to the Club’s network. In addition to overseeing the Club’s partnership strategy, sales and activations, Hyne’s leadership role will also focus on building event opportunities for Exploria Stadium.

Hyne comes to the Club following 28 years in professional golf where she held numerous roles. Most recently, Hyne was the Chief Sales Officer for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), leading the partnership, business development, research, merchandise & licensing activities for the past eight years. In this position, Hyne was responsible for managing the LPGA’s corporate partnership portfolio, which included multiple Fortune 500 companies, seeing partnership revenue double under her guidance. A champion for women’s sports, Hyne’s leadership led to the player prize funding growing from $45M to over $90M, while delivering nine new event title partners.

During her 21 year tenure at the LPGA, Hyne served as SVP of Strategic Partnerships and oversaw the creation of the LPGA Properties division for owned events and served as Executive Director of The Solheim Cup, creating several events including the now Cognizant Founders Cup, CME Group Tour Championship and International Crown.

“I couldn’t be more excited to start the next professional chapter of my career with Orlando City, Orlando Pride and Exploria Stadium,” said Hyne. “Having been a resident of Central Florida for many years, I’ve always been a fan of the clubs and now I look forward to working with the team to enhance and create meaningful partnerships to help further connect our fans and grow the business.”

Hyne was hired following a national, comprehensive and inclusive search process by industry-leading executive search firm, TurnkeyZRG.

The announcement of Kamke and Hyne come in conjunction with additional moves and investments into the City and Pride front office, with the Club announcing 12 internal promotions at the midyear, including the recent appointments of Pedro Araujo to Chief Marketing Officer, Jessica West to VP of Facilities Operations and Marcos Peres to VP of Communications and Digital.

“In addition to the many promotions of our current teammates, we are in the process of hiring another 20-plus roles across the company to deepen and develop our team,” Dillon added.

“The future of Orlando City and Orlando Pride is bright and I couldn’t be more excited to help lead us into the next chapter of the clubs.”

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Kickoff Time Announced for Orlando City Friendly Against Arsenal FC



FC Dallas's Paul Arriola attempts a shot while keeping Orlando City SC's Ruan Texeira at arm's length during their matchup at Exploria Stadium Saturday, May 28, 2022. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

ORLANDO, Fla. — The FC (Florida Cup) Series has announced kickoff times for its upcoming slate of friendlies, including Orlando City’s match against Arsenal FC on July 20. The two sides will meet in a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff hosted at the home of the Lions, Exploria Stadium.

Tickets to the match, the first meeting between the two sides all-time, are available at the link here with group options by calling (855) ORL-CITY.

Arsenal has a storied history in England, having won a record 14 FA Cups, two League Cups, 16 FA Community Shields, one European Cup Winners’ Cup and 13 EFL and Premier League titles, including an undefeated season in the 2003-04 season.

The London-based club, founded in 1886, will visit the United States this summer as part of the “FC Series”. Arsenal and Chelsea, two of the world’s most popular and successful professional soccer clubs, will then meet at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, on July 23 for the Florida Cup. The stateside derby will be the finale of the weeklong “FC Series” expansion featuring international matches across the United States.

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