It’s been a week of transition for the Orlando City Soccer Club and its most loyal of fans, the two recognized supporter groups that gather at one end of the stadium each match and lead the crowd in passionate chants.
Last night at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney the club implemented stiffer guidelines as they look to adhere to a more formal code of conduct for fans before moving up to Major League Soccer next year.
It was a move that was forced upon the club after Orlando City fans brought embarrassment to the brand last Sunday during a road match against the Tampa Bay Rowdies, where four fans were arrested and many others ejected from the stadium.
Despite the suspension of certain privileges for these groups for the rest of the year and warnings about fan conduct from Orlando City’s owner, some refused to follow in line Saturday. A number of fans were removed from the venue for the use of foul language before one supporter group left willingly as a whole with less than 20 minutes to play.
On the field, Orlando City continued to dominate just as they have for much of the USL PRO season, inching the Lions ever closer to entering the postseason unbeaten. Dennis Chin and Anthony Pulis scored goals for Orlando City in their 2-0 win over the Wilmington Hammerheads.