Orlando City SC has put Inter Miami CF on notice.
The Lions delivered a jab Monday, trolling the future Major League Soccer expansion side with an April Fools’ Day video. The video was posted on Orlando City’s official Twitter account with the following message:
“BREAKING: Three players vanish after traveling to Lockhart Stadium to scrimmage @InterMiamiCF, leaving only their footage behind.”
The video mocked the abandoned venue Inter Miami plans to renovate for its training facility and academy. It also could be the MLS expansion side’s temporary home until it finally finds a place to build a stadium in South Florida.
After flashing on screen recent pictures of dilapidated Lockhart Stadium covered in weeds and dirt, Orlando City players Dom Dwyer, Benji Michel and Lamine Sané all appear lost while walking along a dirt path shaded by various trees. They are confused and startled by frightening sounds while trying to warm up for a friendly at the South Florida stadium.
— Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) April 1, 2019
Orlando City has embraced April Fools’ Day in the past, previously announcing it was switching its mascot from Lions to Sea Cows ahead of its debut MLS season. The rebranding prank featuring beloved Central Florida manatees was so popular, the club sold merchandise featuring the Sea Cows.
— Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) April 1, 2014
Former Orlando City staff members have taken on major roles with Inter Miami FC. Former Lions GM Paul McDonough is the club’s sporting director. He has since hired former Lions GM Niki Budalić as director of soccer operations and former Orlando City coach Jason Kreis to work in the club’s technical department. It is unclear how much Kreis will continue to work with Inter Miami after he was named head coach of the U.S. U-23 men’s national team.