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MLS Ticker: Orlando City surpasses 40,000 tickets sold for opener; Sporting KC signs Haitian midfielder; and more



Orlando City SC announced Friday that the club had sold more than 40,000 tickets for their inaugural MLS match on March 8 (5 pm ET; ESPN2, ESPN Deportes).

The Lions will host New York City FC, and with over 40,000 tickets already sold, the opening-day affair will certainly be one to watch as they close in on their operation to fill the bowl. Orlando played to a 2-2 draw against BK Hacken earlier this afternoon, which saw Kaka assist Molino for the first goal of the match.

In the ticket sale announcement, Orlando City said only a limited number of season tickets remain in the lower bowl, and the Plaza level has nearly sold out.

“Orlando City fans have responded in overwhelming numbers since last Saturday and the milestones continue to fall as we approach the history-making season opener,” said Club President and Founder Phil Rawlins. “Three weeks remain and we are within reach of our goal to #FillTheBowl! Orlando and all of Central Florida have embraced Purple Pride.  We are going to show the nation on March 8th why we are the ‘Soccer Capital of the South.’”

The #FillTheBowl campaign has a little less than a month to reach its desired goal of selling 60,000 tickets to the season opener.

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Friday, Sporting Kansas City penned Soni Mustivar, who originally started in the French national team system, but has since played six times for the Haitian national team.

Per a club release, the 25-year-old midfielder will join Sporting KC pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 Visa.

“I believe that once he gets acclimated to the way we play, there are some special qualities in his game that will become very apparent,” Sporting KC head coach Peter Vermes said.

“I don’t think it will take too long for him to adjust to our team because he just played the entire fall season with his previous club. All in all, I think he will be a good addition for us and I think it will be demonstrated over time.”

Mustivar began his professional career as a teenager with SC Bastia in France’s Ligue 2 from 2008 to 2010. He made 22 league appearances, two appearances in the French League Cup and an appearance in the French Cup.

After a loan spell with US Orleans (France), Mustivar moved to FC Petrolul Ploiesti and has played the last three seasons in Romania’s Liga I. He made 61 appearances with two goals in league competition while also earning eight appearances in the UEFA Europa League. In addition, he started in Petrolul’s triumph in the 2012-13 Romanian Cup Final and captained the squad in the 2013 Romanian Supercup against Liga I champions Steaua Bucuresti.

“I am very excited to join Sporting Kansas City,” Mustivar said. “This is a great team with great fans. I am going to work hard from day one to contribute to the team any way I can.”


Ibrahim Sekagya calls it quits after a 20-year career, which saw him play for numerous clubs, including Atletico de Rafaela, Ferro Carril Oeste, Arsenal de Sarandi and RB Salzburg.

Sekagya has played for New York Red Bulls since 2013 and will be remembered as being the most iconic player in the history of Ugandian football.

According to New Vision, Sekagya phoned in his retirement hours after being offered a lucrative deal with the New York Red Bulls as part of the team’s coaching staff for Team B.

“I would like to thank my family, especially my wife for all the support she rendered me. I thank all the supporters and teammates I have played with through my career at club and with the national team for making me the player and human being I am today,” he added.

The New York Red Bulls saw another player leave Friday as they waived Eric Stevensen, who was drafted 34th in the 2014 SuperDraft.


The one-time Sounders player is looking forward to being a part of his old organization again this upcoming MLS season, but Steve Zakuani will be playing a different role this time around.

“I knew that once I retired or stopped playing, I would come back home, which is Seattle,” he said in the an interview with

“And to be involved with the organization at any level, I would have done anything they asked me. And so, to do broadcasting with some really cool people, I’m excited about that.”

Steve Zakuani is excited to see how the other side of soccer, namely broadcasters, view and interpret the game. The former No. 1 overall draft pick was forced to retire at the age of 26 after multiple injuries, but he knows that his experiences on the field will help him in his new broadcast role.

“Just to be on the other side of it; I’ve been a player, so I understand the game from that side,” he said.

“But I want to see the other side of it, see how to analyze the game and kind of cheer the team on as a fan, but also giving perspective to it.”


  1. Very impressive ticket sales by Orlando and great news for US soccer. The South generally and Florida in particular is such strong American football territory, it is heartening to see soccer become so popular. The future really looks great for the growth of soccer’s popularity in the US.

    • Gary, great comments about the super good news of Orlando’s MLS efforts!! I never thought I would see the day when soccer would make such advances and inroads in the US. Ja, I had great hopes and dreams that soccer would one day become a great sport alternative for US youths. My dreams started to become reality in 1970 when I was at the first Portland Timbers game of the NASL who played the Seattle Sounders on an early spring and rainy night in front of 14K fans. At end of their 1st very successful season, the Timbers beat the Sounders in Portland in a play-off for the Soccer Bowl in front of more than 30K fans and became known as Soccer City USA!

    • I hope MLS reaches 32 teams and expands more into the southeast but reality is that there’s too much competition from now on in MLS expansion.
      For example, which other team southeastern market can make MLS,myosin have
      Tampa bay
      And I say Tampa bay and Charlotte Have a good chance as long as they get a stadium downtown or in a very good location and of course rich owners.
      You can say Louisville can be a Portland and Nashville as well but probably we will never know due to no MLS2 or a real D2.
      Hopefully MLS gets 32 teams and adds another southeastern team and I say Tampa bay or Charlotte .
      Then if we look down the road,if MLS has 32 teams, i believe it end up like this.
      West= Vancity, Portland, Seattle, LAG, LA2, San Jose, Sacramento,SLC, Dallas, Houston, Denver, SKC, San Antonio, Vegas, Austin, and okc. Making that 16 teams in the east.
      East= Chicago, Columbus, Toronto, Montreal, NY1, NY2, DC, Philly, Boston, Atlanta,Orlando,Miami, Tampa bay, Minneapolis, st.louis, Indy.
      That’s a 32 team league with 16 in each conference and a lot of magic can with that.
      I didn’t put phoenix or San Diego in the west because they look so lost right now and in the east, you still have Detroit, Nashville, Charlotte, and cosmos.

  2. Is there any manager out there more annoying than Peter Vermes? Every time he opens his mouth its about how had it is to find players who can play for his team or adjust to his style. He thinks he is running frickin Barcelona!

    • Yes, he said, “I believe that once he gets acclimated to the way we play, there are some special qualities in his game that will become very apparent,” Wow! Clearly he thinks he is running Barca! Or you’re just frickin nuts. How can you possibly get that from that? Did Vermes sleep with your girlfriend?


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