Black & Gold Bullets: November 20

MLS adds Orlando City SC as 21st franchise

Crew Homegrown and Columbus native Wil Trapp was announced as a finalist for U.S. Soccer’s Young Male Athlete of the Year award Tuesday – adding to what has already been a stellar rookie campaign in Black Gold. Trapp started 16 games in the central midfield for the club during the 2013 season and also proved to be an instrumental part of the U.S. Under-20 squad in international play taking home U-20 Championship Best XI honors and scoring the game-winner in the team’s 4-2 win over Canada to secure a 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup bid. 

Major League Soccer is officially headed back to Florida as league Commissioner Don Garber made the announcement that Orlando City would become the 21st club in 2015. ''Orlando was ready,'' said Garber.” “They were just aggressive with how quickly they wanted to come into the league. They were engaged with detailed negotiations with the city, the county and the state. All those pieces were coming together, and we wanted to ride that wave and capture the momentum.'' The Associated Press has more on Orlando City’s jump from United Soccer League (USL) to MLS as the team joins New York City FC as expansion teams to be announced since August.

The U.S. Men’s National Team concluded their 2013 international schedule Tuesday afternoon as they fell on the road to Austria by a final of 1-0. Despite being shut-out in the team’s last 180 minutes of play – including a 0-0 tie to Scotland on Friday – Charles Boehm of MLSsoccer.com says that ‘good vibes prevailed’ post-match as the USMNT still ended up with one of the best year’s in team history. “A positive year for sure,” said midfielder Michael Bradley. “The most important thing was qualifying for the World Cup. We took care of that.”