Thursday, October 29, 2015
Orlando City SC’s history in the USL prior to its move to Major League Soccer this season is one the club’s new USL side is hoping to emulate, according to Coach Anthony Pulis.
The Lions claimed a pair of USL Championships, and three regular-season titles, in their four years in the league as they became a figurehead club in the league’s hierarchy. A player on those teams, Pulis said in an interview with OrlandoCitySC.com that he aims for the same with Orlando City B in 2016 and beyond.
“We want to win games,” said Pulis. “We will try to emulate what we had before. We had very successful teams and played an exciting brand of soccer. We will be looking forward to this upcoming season.”
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Unveiled earlier this month as the 29th franchise in the USL, OCB will look to pick up where it left off when it kicks off at the Titan Soccer Complex. After helping nurture the careers of current Orlando players Tommy Redding, Tyler Turner and Kevin Molino, the club’s young players are also looking forward to the opportunity the team will offer.
“I feel like it is all coming together,” said OCSC Academy standout Raul Aguilera Jr. “OCB makes me feel like I can do this. It isn’t as hard as I thought. Making the jump from the youth academy to MLS is really hard. The opportunity to play in USL gives us a place to work on our skills. USL is no joke, it is a good level. Playing with older men and professionals is going to be really good for me and other teammates.”
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For Rob Valentino, a three-time USL All-League selection and now assistant coach to Pulis, bringing all of the different pieces together will continue to build the winning culture that the Lions first established as part of the USL.“Winning games is very important to us,” Valentino said. “We will try to build a winning culture here while developing players at the same time. There is a balance. However, our objective is to win.”