Orlando City Lackluster Transfer Window Performance

Before the MLS transfer window opened July 8th all I kept hearing was how Orlando City was going to be active during this window. I was pretty excited to see what star we would get next. My personal favorite rumor, in which I still have not given up hope, was Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez making the move to join MLS as a Lion. I loved the idea. To pair such a young, superstar striker with our veteran playmaker Ricardo Kaka, the Lion’s offense would be unstoppable. Days passed in the transfer window. Rumors kept flying around about Chicharito. Some made it sound like it was a sure thing; others completely demolished the potential move across the pond. Fast forward to today: rumors are basically squashed and we have no Chicharito or an offensive presence.

Jun 30, 2015; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando City FC head coach Adrian Heath yells to his players during the second half of a soccer match against the Columbus Crew at the Orlando Citrus Bowl. Orlando won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

We still lack a striker, an area that we are sorely needing, and the transfer window is drawing to a close. Our problem right now, which it has been for most of the season, with the exception of a few games; such as the LA Galaxy game, is we cannot find the back of the net.  We have a lot of “nearlies,” as Coach Adrian Heath says, but not a lot of finishes.  With the acquisition of a strong striker, those “nearlies” would turn into points on the board.

I was hoping to see some more drastic transfers than an Amobi Okugo trade to Sporting KC.  I know I may be the only person in Orlando to feel this way, but I actually liked Okugo.  I thought he was a decent player with a lot of potential.  While he was not a flashy star like Darwin Ceren or Cristian Higuita, he always worked hard.  Do not get me wrong, I am excited about Servando Carrasco.  Honestly I am more excited for him about the possibility of seeing Alex Morgan at the Citrus Bowl. Or with a bright purple Orlando City jersey on while walking around downtown.  I also feel this is a calculated move on owner Flavio Augusto’s part to make a play to get Alex Morgan to join the potential NSWL team here in Orlando.  There has been no formal announcement that they will be bringing an NWSL expansion team to Orlando, but we can dream. da Silva did give a look when questioned about it in an interview recently.  While you cannot quote a look, you can speculate; and as fans we speculate all the time, especially if it is what we really want to happen.  Another positive for us in the Okugo-Carrasco trade is the amount of salary it frees up, salary we could use to spend on stars like, oh I don’t know, Chicharito.

Jul 11, 2015; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando City SC defender Luke Boden (14) leaves the game after he gets a red card during the second half against the FC Dallas at Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium. FC Dallas defeated the Orlando City SC 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

As for the Corey Ashe trade, I like the move.  It helped to fill an immediate spot when Luke Boden was issued his red card.  I applaud Orlando City for going out immediately and getting a backup that would be available the following game.  Though it is a small slap in the face to Tyler Turner, he is still young and is still learning.  I like Ashe; he has speed and a solid left cross.  I think he brings a lot of depth to the back line and a lot of potential to other positions.  Boden needed a back up and we went out and got one.

What this transfer window is lacking is that big superstar signing who will join the team and start scoring and helping us get out of this slump we seem to be in.  We need the Pirlo to NYCFC trade or the Dos Santos to LA Galaxy.  NYCFC went out and has made their lineup stronger and more threatening while we have dropped some salary and got a decent backup defender.

While I know not every trade or transfer can be for a superstar, I think the team and the fans need some exciting news and some new blood to spark the team.  A team needs to be built on personality and cohesion as well as abilities in order to get the 11 guys on the field to work as one.  I would just like to see a little more exciting trades and transfers in this window than I have seen.  While all these rumors are exciting I would like for any of them to come true.