Orlando City B
|Full name||Orlando City B|
|Founded||June 30, 2015|
|Owner||Orlando City SC|
|Head Coach||Roberto Sibaja (interim)|
|League||USL League One|
|2017 (USL)||9th, Eastern Conference|
Orlando City B (or OCB for short) is a USL League One club that began play in 2016. Owned by Orlando City SC and based at the Orlando City Development Academy in Montverde, Florida, the club plays its home games at Montverde Academy. The club played in the United Soccer League, the second tier of the US soccer pyramid in 2016 and 2017, and now play in the newly launched third division, branded USL League One, since it began 2019.
On June 30, 2015, Orlando City SC announced that they would operate a USL club starting in 2016 in the Central Florida area. The team would be their USL affiliate, and Orlando City and Louisville City (their USL affiliate club for 2015) had negotiated a "long-term formal partnership" to replace their affiliation arrangement.
Orlando City also announced that Anthony Pulis would coach the new team. Pulis was a player for Orlando City SC's USL club from 2011–14 and is the son of Tony Pulis, manager of numerous English Premier League sides. On August 11, 2015, Arizona United announced that Rob Valentino would retire from playing and that he would be an assistant coach for Orlando's new USL team.
On October 15, 2015, the club was officially introduced as Orlando City B, with home games to be played in Melbourne at the Titan Soccer Complex on the campus of EFSC campus. In addition, OCB announced its first ever player signings; defenders Mikey Ambrose and Kyle Callan-McFadden and midfielder Tony Rocha.
On August 12, 2016, in a game against New York Red Bulls II, Orlando City B participated in the first competitive match in North America to employ Video Assistant Referee technology. They finished their debut season 8th in the Eastern Conference, the final qualifying spot for playoffs. They lost in the Conference Quarterfinal to New York Red Bulls II 4–0.
In November 2016 it was announced that OCB would be moving to the newly opened Orlando City Stadium in time for the 2017 season. The team finished the season in 9th place, two points short of the playoffs, but finished one place higher in the overall standings than their debut season.
On January 12, 2018, the organization declared its intention to forgo the 2018 season as they continued to assess their minor league participation, a move that had looked likely by this point with OCB only having one player under contract and lacking a manager following Anthony Pulis' departure for Saint Louis FC in November.
In June 2018, the club announced it was to become a founding member of USL's new third tier league, USL League One, scheduled to begin play in 2019. It was hoped the move would lead OCB to better act as an upward transitional stepping-stone between Orlando City's Development Academy and the senior MLS team. On October 3, 2018, Fernando De Argila was announced as head coach. He had previously been head coach and director of methodology at the Soccer Institute at Montverde Academy.
In May 2019, the team announced plans to move all of Orlando City's development pyramid under one roof, creating a 20-acre training complex at Osceola Heritage Park to house the senior MLS team, OCB and Development Academy. Orlando City B will play their matches at the new site starting in the 2020 season following the departure of minor league baseball team Florida Fire Frogs.
Tim Holt, Orlando's vice president of development, said that they would be looking for a stadium in Central Florida in order to facilitate the training of emerging players with the MLS team. Holt was the president of USL until May 2015. Eastern Florida State College's stadium was visited by team personnel as a possible location.
On August 21, 2015, the VP for athletics at Eastern Florida State College claimed in a pitch to the Brevard County Tourist Development Council's Sports Commission that the college's Titan Soccer Complex and a stadium in Deland are among the finalists to host games for the USL team. Said plan was approved and the Titan Sports Complex at ECSC was OCB's official home venue for the 2016 season.
For the 2017 season in the USL, Orlando City B played at Orlando City's newly built home stadium, Orlando City Stadium.
- As of May 13, 2019
|Chairman and majority owner||Flávio Augusto da Silva|
|Chief executive officer||Alex Leitão|
|General manager||Mike Potempa|
|Sporting director||Oguchi Onyewu|
|Head coach||Roberto Sibaja (interim)|
|Assistant coach||Jose Silva Caparros|
|Goalkeeper coach||Christian Neira|
- As of August 16, 2019
|2017||2||USL||32||10||12||10||37||36||42||9th||18th||Did not qualify|
- Includes USL regular season and playoffs
|Anthony Pulis||Wales||June 30, 2015||November 20, 2017||63||19||20||24||72||89||30.16|
|Fernando De Argila||Spain||October 3, 2018||July 25, 2019||19||3||4||12||16||33||15.79|
|Roberto Sibaja (interim)||Costa Rica||July 25, 2019||present||3||0||0||3||1||6||0.00|
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