OH MY GOD Orlando’s first MLS game is this sunday DO YOU GUYS REALIZE HOW EXCITED I ACTUALLY AM
I’ve been waiting for an MLS team that I can support for YEARS. a crest I can identify with. a crest I can wear with pride. an organization that I can point at and say “yep, they’re my team”. i used to fantasize when I lived in Mississippi that MLS would expand to my region and use our high school stadium as their stadium. When OCSC started in 2011 I was skeptical but one game won me over (ironically it was against my other soccer team, Newcastle).
I went to the games, I was there when Dom Dwyer scored his first hattrick, I was there when 20,000 fans packed themselves into the Citrus Bowl to watch us win the USL-Pro championship in 2013. I’ve experienced the highs and lows in OCSC’s short history, and now I’m experiencing the end-goal, what Phil Rawlins set out to accomplish when he moved the Austin Aztecs to Orlando - Orlando City’s first MLS match. 60,000 roaring City fans in the Citrus Bowl. Our first MLS game. It’s so close, I can almost taste it. I can almost hear the Iron Lion Firm, and the Ruckus leading the chants, encouraging the crowd. The cries of “Orlando!” from the ILF and Ruckus, and then the screaming of “City!” from the rest of the Orlando faithful.
I’ve been following MLS since 2004, but only now do I actually feel connected to the league.
Regardless of the result on Sunday, 11 years of waiting will be over, and that excites me more than anything.