Orlando City SC have fired head coach Adrian Heath. Orlando is currently 7th in the Eastern Conference with 20 points from 17 games. A 4-0 demolition at the hands of FC Dallas on Monday was the final act for Heath.
Heath has been in charge of the club since 2008, when it was a USL team in Austin, Texas. Under Heath, the club won 2 USL Championships and 3 USL regular season titles.
“It is always a very difficult decision to part ways with a head coach and not one that the Board of Directors has taken lightly. It is even more difficult when that coach has been instrumental in the growth of the Club since its inception over eight years ago. Adrian has served this Club with passion and enthusiasm,” said Orlando City SC Founder & President Phil Rawlins. “While our successes together are undoubtable, we believe the renewed energy this change will bring will be uplifting for the team. We feel that the time has come for us to move on with our future in MLS. We continue to remain very excited about the growth of our Club.”
“This is a very difficult moment, but I fully support the decision made by the Board. I want to thank Adrian for the commitment and hard work he has given our team over the years and wish him success in his career,” said Club Majority Owner Flavio Augusto da Silva. “Now, it’s time for us to turn our focus onto the rest of the season. We will do everything in our power to continue improving and giving our fans the best of us because they have been fantastic supporters."
Assistant head coach Mark Watson has also left the club. Assistant coach Bobby Murphy and Orlando City B assistant Anthony Pulis will coach the team while the club searches for a new head coach.