Saturday, 27 September 2014
Adrian Heath: Nepotism
Adrian Heath, known for his time at Everton in the 1980s, is the current head coach of Orlando City,
bringing the club a lot of success in four years that they have been a club. Currently Orlando plays
in the USL Pro division, which is the division below the MLS.
They have won the division title three out of the past four years, taking them into the playoffs each season, which they have won twice.
Recently Orlando lost in the first round of the play
offs, where they were expected to challenge for the play off title again.
Next season Orlando will be a new franchise in the MLS and have already started building for their
future by acquiring Brazilian superstar Kaka. After their playoff defeat Heath released most of the
team that had brought them so much success, which has upset a lot of their loyal supporters. The
reason I subtitled this article “Nepotism” is that out of the few players that Heath kept at the club is
his own son, Harrison Heath. He is a promising youngster but not yet good enough to be in a team heading to the MLS.
January is the MLS draft where Orlando will be looking to bring in some more players to replace
the ones they have released. If Heath wants to get the fans back on side he needs to be able to get
players that can compete against the big boys of the MLS like DC United and New York Red Bulls.
Kaka is a great start but will be 34 when he plays for them next season and is in the twilight of his
Whether a new MLS franchise like Orlando can attract more players to the club fans will just have to wait and see over the off season.
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