Orlando City Investing In Practice Facilities For All Of Its Teams
Orlando City and its development academy, USL club Orlando City B, will be "housed at the club's new Osceola Heritage Park training facility" in Kissimmee by '20, according to Jordan Culver of PRO SOCCER USA. Orlando City Exec VP/Soccer Operations Luiz Muzzi said that housing the "full scope of Orlando City's developmental structure -- from the academy to the first team -- at one facility means things will work in a way that's impossible when everything is spread out." Muzzi said that he did not "have the exact cost for the move," though he did "confirm construction of the training facility was scheduled to be completed within two months." Orlando City's first team was "originally scheduled to move to Kissimmee" midway through this season." The team's move "signals the end of Orlando City's partnership with Montverde Academy," a local private school that had "housed the club's academy and second team" since January '18. Meanwhile, the NWSL Orlando Pride will "remain in Sanford, but move to a renovated Sylvan Lake Park," where construction is "set to begin at the end of the MLS season and will be completed by February." Pride GM Erik Ustruck "declined to go into specifics regarding the cost of the renovations." However, he said that the "investment from the club is 'significant.'" The Pride's new facility will be the "first of its kind in the NWSL" (PROSOCCERUSA.com, 5/29).