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Orlando City to compete in international online tournament

Like many other clubs, the Lions are turning to online gaming tournaments to provide some action in the midst of postponed games.

Orlando City's Antonio Carlos and teammates defend the goal during the season opener against Real Salt Lake Saturday at Exploria Stadium. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel)

Orlando City and the rest of MLS most likely won’t play another match for at least eight more weeks, but the Lions are still finding a way to give their fans some action in the coming weeks. Like many other soccer clubs, Orlando City is turning to the Electronic Arts video game FIFA20 to create live competitions for fans to watch throughout the coronavirus suspension.

The team already saw some online action earlier in the week, as MLS ran simulations on FIFA20 of all the games previously slated to take place last weekend.

In the simulation, the Lions faced off against the Chicago Fire. The match saw a stand-out performance from midfielder Jรบnior Urso, who netted two goals in the 3-0 win. Striker Dom Dwyer added the final goal.

Now, the Lions have joined an online tournament hosted by English club Leyton Orient F.C. The tournament โ€” named the Ultimate QuaranTeam Cup to poke fun at the current quarantine status for many countries โ€” features 128 total clubs from 16 different countries.

Orlando City is the only American club to take part in the challenge, which includes names like the Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United and Manchester City. The tournament is single-elimination knockout, and will begin on Wednesday with a drawing to see who each team will face in the first round.

Each club will select a representative to play throughout the tournament, which can be anyone from a player to a fan to a member of the front office. The Lions have not announced their representative yet. 




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