LOUISVILLE, Ky. – On Jan. 7, the United Soccer League announced the addition of seven new clubs to the league, with six of the seven beginning play in 2016. One of the newest clubs, Orlando City SC-affiliated Orlando City B, will kick off their inaugural season in March.
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The Eastern Conference newcomers will play Louisville City FC three times in the 2016 in the regular season — with meetings scheduled on April 9 and July 30 at Louisville Slugger Field, and on June 5 in Orlando.
Louisville City FC and Orlando City’s MLS-side shared an affiliation in 2015, before the development of Orlando City B. LouCity hosted the MLS team in a friendly in 2015, beating the first division side, 3-1.
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Orlando City B
Becoming the 10th United Soccer League club owned and operated by a Major League Soccer club, the USL announced Orlando City B as the league’s 29th member on Oct. 15, 2015
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Formerly a direct affiliate of Louisville City FC, the club will serve as Orlando City SC’s official partner. Before joining the MLS, Orlando City SC was originally a member of the USL.
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“We are pleased to welcome back such an influential club in USL history for the 2016 season,” USL President Jake Edwards said. “Having Orlando City SC back in the USL and playing in the greater Orlando area is an important step as we continue to build the league’s presence in the Southeastern United States.”
Orlando City B will play its games at Titan Soccer Complex at Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne, Fla. The club will be coached by Anthony Pulis, a former journeyman through English football and Orlando City SC player. Pulis is the son of Tony Pulis, who currently manages Barclays Premier League-club West Bromwich Albion. OCB is scheduled to begin play in 2016 as part of the USL’s Eastern Conference.