ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Orlando City Soccer Club Founder Phil Rawlins, joined by his players, announced a new training facility at Lake Nona Friday night. The 23-acre facility will include six practice fields, a fitness center, a clubhouse and an injury rehab center.
Fans like Deyamira Solano are really excited. She got her purse signed by Team Captain Ricardo Kaká and her family lives five minutes away, so they plan to come here often to watch the players train. “We love soccer. It’s in our blood. We are from New Jersey, but to have a soccer team in the city, it makes us love this city even more,” she said.
Kaká tells FOX 35 it’s important to have a world class training facility. "It’s where we are going to train every day, so we can be ready and prepared for the games.” He believes the top notch training center will also help attract good young players. “When you have a facility like this, when you have a stadium like we are going to have, everything so that you can see that this team has credibility.”
Tavistock Development Company will begin construction during February. Rawlins explained what the new center will bring to the table. “It’s really just more of what we have. With three professional teams, with MLS, OCB and with the pride and with our academies, we need those facilities to attract players and to develop players.”
The team practices now at the Sylvan Lake Training Center in Seminole County. Rawlins says that facility will become the permanent training home for the Orlando Pride women’s soccer team.
The practice facility will be ready for kaka and company during 2017.