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We want guys who want to compete, who want to win and who feel the pain when we don’t win. Every single player we’ve brought (during the offseason) has sat down with me, looked me in the eye and told me they want to win and they want to be here for the right reasons.

On December 17, 2017, Kaká announced his retirement, after turning down offers from former clubs São Paulo FC and A.C. Milan. [2] With the options of several players declined at the end of the previous season, [3] [4] Orlando City set its sights on the off-season to rebuild its roster. [1] The club began the winter transfer window by acquiring midfielder Sacha Kljestan from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for attacker Carlos Rivas and defender Tommy Redding. [5] During this time, it was announced that Orlando City B had elected to not participate in the 2018 USL season, [6] sparking alarm in regards to the club’s youth development and depth. [7] Just a few days later, Paraguayan midfielder Josué Colmán signed with the club as a Young Designated Player. [8]

In early January, Orlando City Stadium played host to two games in the 2018 edition of the Florida Cup. [9] This was followed by the club also hosting the 2018 MLS Combine from January 11 to 17, [10] which resulted in forward Chris Mueller being picked by Orlando City in the MLS SuperDraft. [11]

By mid-January, attention shifted to forward Cyle Larin after images of him undergoing a medical with Beşiktaş J.K. were posted on the Turkish club’s Twitter account. [12] While Orlando City was aware of the social media posting, no transfer agreement had been made at that time and the club was preparing to take legal action as Larin was still "under contract with Orlando City through 2019." [13] When training camp officially commenced on January 22, Larin was officially absent and appeared training with Beşiktaş in a video released the following day. [14] A week later, Orlando City announced that they had come to terms with Beşiktaş for the transfer of Larin. [15]

Further transfers were made throughout January and February, with a total of 13 new players making the move to Orlando. [16] On February 28, center back Jonathan Spector was named the new captain of Orlando City following Kaká’s departure. [17] March [ edit ]

Orlando City began their fourth Major League Soccer campaign on March 3 at home against D.C. United. Despite Joe Bendik making a penalty save early on, D.C. United opened the scoring in the 32nd minute with a Yamil Asad free kick. In the 41st minute, PC was issued a red card and Orlando City played the remainder of the game with 10 men. The Lions maintained pressure throughout the second half and eventually equalized in stoppage time following a forward run by Jonathan Spector that set Stefano Pinho up for his debut goal, securing a point with a 1–1 draw. [18] Orlando remained at home for its second match, falling 2–1 to Minnesota United following a brace by Ethan Finlay. [19] The club then hit the road for its first away match of the season against New York City FC. This marked the first Orlando City appearances for Lamine Sané and Josué Colmán, who both came on as second half subs, as well as Sacha Kljestan. Despite holding a 0–0 scoreline at half, the Lions ended up falling 2–0 from goals by Ismael Tajouri and Maxi Moralez. [20] Following a two-week hiatus, Orlando City returned home to host the New York Red Bulls. After conceding in the seventh minute, City soon struck back with a tap-in goal by Will Johnson. The Red Bulls regained the lead shortly after, but the Lions equalized once again via a Dom Dwyer header to end the half at 2-2. Dwyer opened the second half with a goal that came from a throw-in assist by Mohamed El Monir. The visitors were able to level the scoreline in the 82nd minute, but a shot from Scott Sutter that deflected off of Colmán made its way into the back of the net and secured City all three points in the club’s first victory of the 2018 Major League Soccer season. [21] April [ edit ]

On April 8, the Lions made team history by securing their first win from a 2-goal deficit, with Dwyer scoring the game-winning goal in the 87th minute for a dramatic 3-2 comeback victory against the Portland Timbers. [22] The result also marked the first back-to-back wins for the club since April 29, 2017. With all three goals scored in the final ten minutes, they lead the league with 25 in the last three seasons, [23] reaffirming the nickname "Cardiac Cats." Five days later, Joe Bendik picked up his first clean sheet of the season to go along with four saves, while Dwyer scored his 99th goal in all career caps, for the Lions’ first away win of the season: a 2-0 shutout of the Philadelphia Union. [24] The winning streak stretched to four in a 3-2 home victory against the San Jose Earthquakes, courtesy of goals from Mueller, Kljestan, and Dwyer. Both Mueller and Dwyer’s goals were milestones: Mueller’s strike came 63 seconds into the match, making it the fastest MLS goal in the club’s history, and Dwyer’s goal marked his 100th career goal in all competitions. [25] Then, in yet another come-from-behind thriller and their fifth straight win to close out the month, Orlando City defeated the Colorado Rapids with a 2-1 scoreline at the high altitude of DSG Park. [26] May [ edit ]

The first major test of the season comes early, as four of the next five matches for Orlando City come against the top four 2017 Eastern Conference teams: Atlanta United FC, Toronto FC, the Chicago Fire, and New York City FC. [27] [28] A new club record was reached as the "Cardiac Cats" opened the month of May with their sixth straight victory, and fourth when conceding the first goal, in a 3-1 result against Real Salt Lake. Lamine Sané scored his first goal in purple, while Chris Schuler made his debut in the squad’s starting 11, against his former team. [29] On May 13, Justin Meram opened his account with a second-half goal against the Five Stripes. However, the Lions’ comeback fell short in a 2-1 loss, their second of the season at home. [30]The rough patch continued with another 2-1 loss at Toronto FC. [31] Roster [ edit ] Last updated on April 27, 2018 [32] No.

The pre-season schedule was announced on January 16, 2018, outlining five closed-door pre-season friendlies over the course of February. [47] Training camp began on Monday, January 22, for the first of three training sessions before the club traveled to Jacksonville for a 10-day pre-season training camp at Davis Park. [48] The club then relocated back to its training facility at Sylvan Lake Park. [49] A sixth pre-season friendly was played on February 25 against Nashville SC of the United Soccer League. [50]