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Orlando City Notebook: Two players in Team of the Week; Club announces agreement on training facility

Orlando City goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo and new addition Estrela were named to the USL PRO Team of the Week for Week 23 of the 2014 season on Tuesday.

Kevin Molino and Rafael Ramos, another new signing, were given honorable mentions by the league.

Gallardo locked up the title as the league’s best ‘keeper of the week with a big six-save performance against the Richmond Kickers on Saturday night, coming up with several big saves in Orlando City’s 3-2 win. It was just another good outing for the man who should be the Lions’ starting goalkeeper in Major League Soccer next season.

Estrela put Orlando City on the board just eight minutes into the game on a rocketed volley past the Richmond defense from just outside of the box. When Richmond was unable to clear off a set-piece from Adama Mbengue, Estrela was there to bury the shot for his first Orlando goal.

Estrela put in a good game in the defensive end of Orlando City’s midfield, finally giving the Lions some strength in an area where they have been struggling with ever since Yordany Alvarez went down with a concussion-related injury back in June. His signing could be a big difference make for Orlando has they finish up the regular season and head into the playoffs.

SEMINOLE COUNTY AND ORLANDO CITY REACH AGREEMENT ON NEW SOCCER TRAINING CENTER

In other off-the-field news, Orlando City announced on Tuesday that is has come to an agreement with Seminole County to build a new soccer training facility at Lake Sylvan Park complex.

In exchange for use of the existing training center and two of its six soccer fields, Orlando City agreed to build four new soccer fields for community use in Seminole County and create several new community soccer programs, thus helping continue the club’s footprint in the area.

This move will give the Lions a “world-class training facility” for use when the enter Major League Soccer next season — it also tells me where I’ll be spending quite a few weekday mornings next season.

“This partnership will expand the economic benefits generated by professional soccer in the Central Florida region,” said Orlando City President and Founder Phil Rawlins. “It not only creates a world class training facility that will place Orlando City near the top of MLS practice facilities, but it provides opportunities to host youth and other professional teams throughout the year – teams that will stay in local hotels, eat in local restaurants and spend money in our community.

“Lake Sylvan has been our training home since the start and we are excited to be here for the long-term,” Rawlins continued. “This partnership also demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the community by delivering programs and benefits including educational initiatives and new recreational fields.”


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