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Orlando City SC would join the MLS as the 21st club in the League with Adrian Heath as the inaugural coach on a three year deal. However, Heath was fired in July 2016 after a 14th-place finish in the League in the inaugural season and a poor start to the 2016 season. An interim manager, Bobby Murphy, took charge of the club for only 16 days before former-Real Salt Lake and NYCFC Coach Jason Kreis was announced as the new manager.
Under Kreis the on-field results did not improve, in fact, the team actually lost ground in the League. Kreis would guide the team to a 15th-place followed by an 18th-place finish in 2016 and 2017 (respectively). Kreis was fired 15 games into the 2018 season, after securing only 19 of a possible 45 points. This time the club sought to utilize a former player to buoy the club’s fortunes and brought in Louisville FC coach James O’Connor.
O’Connor, a former defender for the club, managed only 2 wins and 3 draws in the 18 matches that remained in the season. The club also set a nefarious record during his tenure by allowing the most goals in an MLS season by allowing 74 goals in the 2018 season. To date, the club’s best finish in the League was the 14th place in the inaugural season, however, the club has reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup twice.
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