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Orlando City SC and Facundo Torres Agree to New Contract

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando City SC has signed forward Facundo Torres to a new three-year contract, it was announced today. The Uruguayan forward will stay with the Lions as a Designated Player on a guaranteed contract through 2026, with Club options in 2027 and 2028.

“Facu has proven himself to be such an important part of our team these last couple of years,” said Orlando City EVP of Soccer Operations and General Manager Luiz Muzzi. “He’s fulfilled our expectations that we set out for him at the start, showing great potential for even further growth. We’re really pleased to have him signed with us for even longer, as we strive for bigger objectives.”

The 23-year-old winger has made 72 starts in 79 appearances for the Lions since arriving in the City Beautiful, scoring 27 goals and providing 16 assists in two full seasons. 10 of Torres’ goals in the MLS regular season have served as game-winning goals, leading City in that category in both 2022 and 2023.

“First, I want to thank the Club and the fans for the amazing support they provide and for always having confidence in me,” Torres said. “I’m very happy to stay here in Orlando and continue this journey together. Vamos Orlando!”

A product of Peñarol’s youth academy system, Torres joined Los Carboneros’ first team at the start of 2020. Since then, Torres has made 71 appearances across all competitions with the Uruguayan club, including appearances in the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana, scored 16 goals and added 15 assists in those matches. He also played a major role in leading Peñarol to the 2021 Liga Profesional de Primera División title, scoring in the championship match.

On June 4, 2021, the Montevideo, Uruguay, native made his senior international debut for his home country in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Paraguay. Torres entered the match as a second-half substitute for his first senior minutes at the international level. He was most recently named to Uruguay’s final roster for its most recent round of FIFA World Cup Qualifying matches against Argentina (Nov. 16) and Bolivia (Nov. 21).

Torres has since made a total of 15 appearances, including five matches in Copa América 2021 and provided his first assist for Uruguay in the same competition, as well as being named to La Celeste’s final roster for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The Las Piedras, Uruguay native scored his first goal for his national team earlier in 2023, scoring in an international friendly against Cuba on June 21. Before featuring for the senior national team, he played 34 games combined for Uruguay’s U17 and U20 sides, scoring a total of 15 goals for the nation’s youth teams.

For the 2024 season, Torres will switch his jersey number from No. 17 to No. 10, joining players such as former captains Kaká and Mauricio Pereyra in wearing the No. 10 shirt for the Lions.

TRANSACTION: Orlando City SC signs forward and Designated Player Facundo Torres to a new contract through 2026, with Club options in 2027 and 2028.

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2025 DAYTONA 500 Logo Unveiled

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 15, 2024) – Daytona International Speedway today unveiled the 2025 DAYTONA 500 logo, paying tribute to the design roots of speed as it features the iconic Harley J. Earl Trophy front and center.

Variations of Harley J. Earl awards were presented to DAYTONA 500 champions for decades. But it wasn’t until 1998 that the modern Harley J. Earl Trophy featuring Earl’s Firebird I concept automobile, hand-sculpted by artist John Lajba, atop a black trioval base was presented in Victory Lane.

The late NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt was the first to take home the trophy that pays homage to Harley J. Earl, a renowned automotive designer and the second commissioner of NASCAR.

“The DAYTONA 500 is not only NASCAR’s biggest race of the year, but also one of the most famous motorsports races in the world,” said Daytona International Speedway President Frank Kelleher. “By featuring the symbol of becoming a DAYTONA 500 champion, the Harley J. Earl Trophy, in the logo for the 67th running of The Great American Race, we blend the greatness of the race with the history of the sport.”

Hendrick Motorsports driver William Byron was the most recent Cup Series driver to take home the Harley J. Earl Trophy this past February, capturing his first – and Hendrick Motorsports’ ninth – DAYTONA 500

Fans are encouraged to sign up for exclusive pre-sale access to the 2025 DAYTONA 500 by logging onto DAYTONA500.com and completing the pre-sale registration form. To receive priority access to seats, camping, and other experiences, fans may place a $25 deposit to jump the line and receive an early purchase link.

NASCAR will be back at Daytona International Speedway one more time in 2024, for one of the final opportunities for Cup Series drivers to clinch a spot in the Playoffs during the Coke Zero Sugar 400 weekend on Aug. 23-24.

Drivers in the NASCAR Xfinity Series will tackle the 2.5-mile trioval once again in the Wawa 250 powered by Coca-Cola on Friday, Aug. 23. Then, on Saturday Aug. 24, the NASCAR Cup Series returns to DAYTONA during the Coke Zero Sugar 400. Tickets may be purchased for the Coke Zero Sugar 400 race weekend at daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

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Inaugural NWSL X Liga MX Femenil Summer Cup Sets U.S. Television and Streaming Details, Playoff Sites

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ORLANDO, Fla. (May 28, 2024) — The National Women’s Soccer League and LIGA MX Femenil today announced further details for the first-ever NWSL x LIGA MX Femenil Summer Cup, including broadcast details for both English and Spanish-language distribution in the U.S., playoff locations and competition rules and regulations.

In addition, it was announced that the Orlando Pride match against C.F. Monterrey Femenil, originally scheduled for Sunday, July 28 at INTER&Co Stadium as part of the NWSL x LIGA MX Femenil Summer Cup, has been moved to Saturday, July 27. The match will still kick off at the same time, 7 p.m. ET and will be streamed on Paramount+.

The Pride open the tournament with a trip to WakeMed Soccer Park to battle against the North Carolina Courage on Saturday, July 20. Kickoff for that match is set for 7:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on Paramount+. Orlando will round out pool play by welcoming Racing Louisville FC to INTER&Co Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 1. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET with the match broadcasted on Paramount+ and CBS Sports Golazo Network.

Debuting this season as part of a groundbreaking collaboration between the two leagues, the NWSL x LIGA MX Femenil Summer Cup kicks off July 19 featuring all 14 NWSL clubs and the six teams with the most points achieved in LIGA MX Femenil Clausura and Apertura during 2023, including Tigres UANL, Club América, Chivas de Guadalajara, Rayadas de Monterrey, Pachuca and Tijuana.

The tournament will consist of 30 group stage contests followed by a four-team semifinal round on August 6. CPKC Stadium, home of the Kansas City Current, in Kansas City, Missouri, will host the doubleheader semifinal round. The championship match will be staged at Toyota Field in San Antonio, Texas, on Friday, October 25.

NWSL x LIGA MX Femenil Summer Cup will feature five groups of four teams consisting of both NWSL and LIGA MX Femenil clubs, with each club competing in three matches. Of the five group winners, the four clubs with the most points will advance to the semifinals.

A complete schedule with updated kick times and broadcast details is below. For more information about NWSL x LIGA MX Femenil Summer Cup, click here.

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Tom’s Watch Bar “America’s Super Sports Bar” Now Open In Orlando

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ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) — Orlando sports fans have something new to cheer about! Tom’s Watch Bar is now open on International Drive.

Following a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony, “America’s Super Sports Bar” is now welcoming guests to the ultimate watch party with its 360-degree viewing experience.

Tom’s features giant stadium screens and 150+ TVs lining the restaurant and bar, plus amazing views of the Orlando skyline from the two-story venue’s prime rooftop location.

And what’s a watch party without food? In addition to an unmatched viewing environment, Tom’s will serve elevated gameday favorites like Deep-Dish Nachos, Tom’s Famous Prime Rib Dip, and Korean BBQ Wings, just to name a few. Guests will also enjoy an extensive drink menu featuring numerous beers on tap, a vast selection of specialty cocktails and more. And there’s something for families too — a $10 kids’ menu available all day, every day.

“Orlando draws sports fans from all over the country, and locals are passionate about their Central Florida teams. Now, everyone can cheer for their favorite teams together at America’s finest sports bar,” Tom Ryan, co-founder of Tom’s Watch Bar. “From our extensive calendar of watch parties to our partnerships with local teams, we’re ready to bring a viewing experience like no other to all sports fans in Orlando.”

With a highly sought-after rooftop location right in the heart of the Orlando Entertainment District on International Drive just off I-4, the two-story, 13,000-square-foot sports bar and restaurant will be a game-changer for sports enthusiasts and local guests who want to enjoy the views just minutes away from Downtown Orlando and Windermere.

 

In addition to the rooftop views and hundreds of TVs, guests can enjoy virtual golf suites, featuring several games including the popular Topgolf target game, Zombie Dodgeball, Hockey Shots, Baseball Pitching, and more – paired with comfortable lounge seating, HDTVs and food and beverage service.

Tom’s Watch Bar can also host private events and meetings for groups from 10 to 800 with customizable menus, flexible spaces and advanced A/V capabilities. To learn more about private event books, click here.

Tom’s Watch Bar is located at 8050 International Drive, Suite 1000 Orlando, FL 32819. For more information, visit https://tomswatchbar.com/loc/orlando/.

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