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Live PVP Tier List: Updated April 24, 2020

I made a lot of changes to the old one that I thought it was worth it to make a new post showing the new tier list. This ranking is only for LIVE/MATCH PVP battles, not auto Arena. This would also typically apply to heroes that are lv 79+ because at lower levels, a Mediena might be able to wipe the opponent's team with her LB. 79+, she would have trouble doing this.
Summary
SSS: Frederika, Thancred, Orlando
SS: Gilgamesh, Sterne, Yerma, Ramza
S: Xiza, Englebert, Ayaka, Mont
A: Mediena, Rairyuu, Shadowlynx, Oelde
B: Y'sholta, Macherie, Aileen
Undecided: Robb
SSS Ranked Characters
Frederika: Her incredible range becomes very useful in live PVP. From where she starts (unless your opponents moves the starting positions), she can hit any of the 3 targets she desires. She can also hit the middle target without moving, and then run away, effectively kiting your opponents. She has the highest starting Agility in the game, and the combination of being able to move 1st & being able to hit anyone you want makes her very strong in Live Arena. She has reflex, which is the best reaction ability in the game, letting her dodge (if lucky) even guaranteed hit skills. Gunners normally cannot shoot through objects (including your own heroes), but her ranger skills solve this problem (just don't unlock high charge).
Thancred: High HP & ATK, has access to two ATK buffs to pump his dmg if you want to run him more offensively. Or he can also be run more defensively with his DEF buff & regen buff, which he can also cast on others. He has access to both Slash & Pierce damage and +1 MOVE/JUMP skill to more easily maneuver around the battlefield. He is very versatile and able to fill multiple roles. He has a gap closer and and a long range skill.
Orlando: The combination of high HP & ATK, & low cost range 5 skill makes him very good in live arena. He can also decreases opponent's defense, a vampire skill to heal himself, an ATK buff, multiple debuff resists. I don't have as much experience with him as I'd like to, so if more people can give feedback I'll add to it.
SS Ranked Characters
Gilgamesh: Althought his reaction ability lets him attack an opponent before he gets attacked, it is limited to melee range, and a lot of heroes commonly seen in arena use ranged skills as a way to not proc this effect. Since most of the good characters are slash-types, he can not only cause large damage to the opponent, but also cast the slash-resist down debuff on opponents causing all your slash dmg dealers even more damage. He can also cast haste on himself, letting him take turns very frequently.
Sterne: He has very high damage and will likely 1-hit any non-tank/bruiser. His ninja tree gives him 2 options to attack from afar - Anton which has lower range but higher damage and can attack through objects. His weakness is that is has very little HP and can easily be 1-hit KOed himself by most DPS heroes.
Yerma: She has very high damage, and has a range 3 ATK which crits often. Combined with +1 move/AGI up from thief passive she is fairly mobile while being a lot sturdier than Sterne or Xiza.
Ramza: beefy enough to take hits and with this aoe ATK+MAG+Brave buff is great along with aoe Magic Resist is amazing. Being a hybrid attacker as well he can hit hard on either spectrum. And his agility is nothing to scoff at as well. I don't have as much experience with him as I'd like to, so if more people can give feedback I'll add to it.

S Ranked Characters
Ayaka: I moved her down a rank, because I just don't see her as often in high level live arena anymore. At lv 99, she has a base HP of 1800+ and has a lv 40 talent which further increases her HP. This makes her very tanky and able to survive being 1-shot. In addition to providing healing, she can also raise characters after they have been KOed, can Haste, and also has access to Holy to deal magic damage. To top it all off, she has a very high base Agility of 60.
Xiza: Similar to sterne, but has more base agility. She is also able to raise characters that have been KOed, giving an edge over 1:1 trades. Since a lot of commonly used heroes are Light attribute (Thancred, Englebert, Ramza), her dark Attribute will enable her to do more damage to them, but in return will take more damage from them. Her high base agility and ranged attacks could help her to kite them. If subclassed as Thief, she also has Steal Time which can help to lock down low agility champions. I'd like more input on her. While she looks good on paper, I haven't encountered her often in live pvp.
Engelbert: Deals considerable damage for being a tank. There are very few good magic options for Arena right now, so he has a lot of resistant to all types of damage. He is ranked S instead of SS because of his lack of mobility - he only has move 3, and very limited ranged options, and low agility.
Mont: He is very good in live arena (as you have the option to not use stone throw). He is just a bit less tanky than Engelbert but makes up for it with move 4 instead of 3. He also has a buff to boost his damage (unlike Engelbert), and at the current state of the game, it's much easier to have him at higher levels than Engelbert. Since Orlando/Frederika are very popular currently, Mont's earth type gives him a natural advantage over them. Mont is also capable of dealing high damage because of his killer blade which has a range of 2, effectively giving him a reach of 5 squares. His TMR is also useful in arena as it grants agility, but requires one turn to use (not a passive).

A Ranked Characters
Mediena: Although shes very good in PVE, she is not so good in live PVP. Since she has little HP, she will die to a physical damage dealer if the enemy dps goes first. You can pump up her agility, but doing so will gimp her damage leaving her unable to 1-shot enemy dps (except Sterne, probably). If she can't 1-shot Frederika, for example, Frederika will kill her next turn. She can be built for agility and use her green or white mage jobs in a supporting capacity, but she must outspeed the enemy DPS or she will be dead turn one. Therefore she is only ranked A.
Rairyuu: Like Frederika, he can kite the enemy with his long range. However he has lower agility and damage, and cannot shoot through objects.
Shadowlynx: Since Frederika is so prevalent in high level arena, and has access to sharpshoot, Shadowlynx evade wouldn't be reliable. If you do catch an opponent who has no way to deal with evade, she could potentially be good. She is capable of dealing high damage because of all her ATK passives.
Oelde: Has a range 4 attack that ignores obstacles. Is fire element which gives an edge over both Mediena & Gilgamesh, while being unlikely to encounter any water element opponents in pvp. He has a very high crit rate (capable of reaching 95 crit with passives & buffs) & very high ATK( Sharp Spear (+38%), Devotion (+30%) and Blade Soul (+25%)). His low agility is his drawback, but that low agility limits him from being used as a assassin. I don't have as much experience with him as I'd like to, so if more people can give feedback I'll add to it.
B Ranked Characters
Y'sholta: She suffers from a lack of agility to be useful here. As she has low hp, she'll get sniped before she can do anything.
Macherie: Similar to Y'sholta, she suffers from a lack of agility to be useful here. As she has low hp, she'll get sniped before she can do anything. I don't have as much experience with her as I'd like to, so if more people can give feedback I'll add to it.
Aileen: Has high damage, but her Agility is very slow, she'll likely be killed before she can make any meaningful impact. She does not have the durability of Englebert to make up for her lack of agility. I don't have as much experience with her as I'd like to, so if more people can give feedback I'll add to it.
For the undecided characters, I either don't have much experience with them, nor have I seen them being used often enough to decide how good they can be. Open to discussion & suggestions for any character!
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2019 Wiki Project - UCF

UCFUniversity of Central FloridaUCF
AmericanAmerican Athletic ConferenceAmerican
Year Founded: 1963
Program History:
  • 1979–1981 (Division III Independent)
  • 1982–1989 (Division II Independent)
  • 1990–1995 (Division I-AA Independent)
  • 1996–2001 (Division I-A Independent)
  • 2002–2004 (Mid American Conference)
  • 2005–2012 (Conference USA)
  • 2013–present (American Athletic Conference)
Location: Orlando, FL
Total Attendance: 68,571 (Fall 2018)
Nickname: Knights
Mascot: Knightro
Live Mascots: Pegasus and the UCF Knight, and Knugget
Stadium: Spectrum Stadium Outside, Field
Stadium Capacity: 44,206
Conference Champions: 6 — 2007 (C-USA), 2010 (C-USA), 2013 (American), 2014 (American), 2017 (American), and 2018 (American)
Number of Bowl Games: 10 (4–6)
National Titles: 1 (2017)

2019 Preview

There is a lot of positivity in Orlando going into the Knights’ 2019 season. Many of UCF’s producers on offense in 2018 are returning, including the three-man RB core of Otis Anderson, Greg McCrae, and Adrian Killins Jr, and top WRs Gabriel Davis and Tre Nixon. They also return all-AAC first team players OT Jake Brown, G Jordan Johnson, and C Cole Schneider. On defense, all-AAC first-teamers LB Nate Evans, CB Nevelle Clarke, and S Richie Grant, as well as DL Brendon Hayes and CB Brandon Moore are returning.
However, there were also a lot of key losses, none more devastating than losing team leader QB McKenzie Milton for the season due to a major injury he suffered at the end of last season. Other key players leaving are TE Michael Colubiale, DL Titus Davis, DT Trysten Hill, LB Pat Jasinski, OT Wyatt Miller, WR Dredrick Snelson, and K Matthew Wright,
While not a season-ending injury, UCF’s woes at QB got worse when Darriel Mack Jr., Milton’s backup last season and potential starting QB this season, broke his ankle during a non-football activity in early July and is expected to miss at least some time in the regular season. Luckily, former Notre Dame QB Brandon Wimbush transferred to UCF in January, which lessens the loss of Mack a bit.

Schedule

Date Location Opponent
8/31 Orlando, FL Florida A&M
9/7 Boca Raton, FL FAU
9/14 Orlando, FL Stanford
9/21 Pittsburgh, PA Pittsburgh
9/28 Orlando, FL Connecticut
10/4 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati
10/19 Orlando, FL ECU (Homecoming)
10/26 Philadelphia, PA Temple
11/2 Orlando, FL Houston (Space Game)
11/8 Tulsa, OK Tulsa
11/23 New Orleans, LA Tulane
11/29 Orlando, FL USF (War on I-4)
## 2019 Gameday Experience
Welcome to the open-ended interview for the 2019 Summer Wiki Project! This year we're going to talk about Gameday experience, and anyone is welcome to answer these questions in the comments.
  1. What is the best place to eat at during game day?
  2. What is the best place to drink at during game day?
  3. Where is the best place to take a photo on campus/around the stadium?
  4. What landmark(s) do people need to visit when seeing your school?
  5. What traditions are of utmost importance during game day?
  6. If someone were to visit your campus during one rivalry game, what game should it be and why does it make your team's atmosphere amplified?
  7. What random trivia fact do most people not know about your school?
  8. Where are the best places to park around your team's stadium on gameday?
  9. What chants or cheers should visiting fans be familiar with at your school?
  10. How long is the daily gameday experience at your school? Are there major events or experiences before/afterward to keep in mind?

2018 Season

Record: 12-1 (8-0 American)
Coach: Josh Heupel (1st season)
Date Location Opponent Result Record
8/30 East Hartford, CT Connecticut W 56-17 1–0 (1–0)
9/8 Orlando, FL South Carolina State W 38–0 2-0 (1–0)
9/21 Orlando, FL FAU W 56-36 3–0 (1–0)
9/29 Orlando, FL Pittsburgh W 45–14 4–0 (1–0)
10/6 Orlando, FL SMU W 48–20 5–0 (2–0)
10/13 Memphis, TN Memphis W 31-30 6–0 (3–0)
10/20 Greenville, NC ECU W 37–10 7–0 (4–0)
11/1 Orlando, FL Temple W 52–40 8–0 (5–0)
11/10 Orlando, FL Navy W 35–24 9–0 (6–0)
11/17 Orlando, FL Cincinnati W 38–13 10–0 (7–0)
11/23 Tampa, FL USF W 38–10 11-0 (8-0)
aac AAC Conference Championship Game aac
Date Location Opponent Result Record
12/1 Orlando, FL memphis W 56-41 12-0 (9-0)
FiestaPlayStation Fiesta BowlFiesta
Date Location Opponent Result Record
1/1 Glendale, AZ LSU L 40-32 12–1 (9–0)

Season Introduction

With head coach Scott Frost departing the Knights’ for Nebraska after two seasons as head coach, Missouri offensive coordinator and former Heisman finalist Josh Heupel came in to take over both as head coach and offensive coordinator. There was also a massive turnover in the coaching department as a whole as the majority of UCF’s coaches in 2017 left for Nebraska along with Frost. Perhaps the most notable name joining the coaching staff outside of Heupel was former Florida defensive coordinator Randy Shannon, who joined the Knights in the same position.
UCF also lost many key contributors from 2017, including TE Jordan Akins, LB Shaquem Griffin, CB/KR Mike Hughes, and WR Tre’Quan Smith.
Despite these players leaving, there was still plenty of talent coming back for 2018. The team was led by the team’s ­de facto captain junior QB McKenzie Milton, who continued to post massive numbers en route to a sixth-place finish in Heisman voting, tying Daunte Culpepper’s 1998 season for the highest Heisman finish in program history.
While the Knights weren’t unable to achieve another perfect season, this was still one of the program’s best seasons. UCF had another perfect regular season and win in the conference championship game, extending their win streak to 25. UCF won most of its games in convincing fashion, with eight being by 20+ points and a further two by double digits. The Knights also made history as they became the 27th top-level (FBS or its equivalent) college football team to have a winning streak of at least 25 games, tied for the 22nd-longest in FBS history. The streak was also the longest active winning streak at all NCAA levels at one point. They also have an ongoing streak of 26 games where they have scored 30+ points, the longest such streak by a top-level team in the AP era (1936–present). Coincidentally, the previous record holder was South Florida, UCF’s major rival, and the Knights tied them with their victory over them in the War on I-4.

Early Season

The Knights picked up right where they left off in 2017 left off and continued their 13-game winning streak from 2017 by winning their first two games against UConn and South Carolina State. The season hit a snag during Week 3 as their game against North Carolina was canceled due to Hurricane Florence. The cancelation marked the third-straight season that UCF’s schedule was affected by hurricanes: Hurricane Matthew in 2016 led to rescheduling their game against Tulane, Hurricane Irma in 2017 led to the cancelation of games against Georgia Tech and Maine and rescheduling the game in place of the game against Maine.
After the “bye week,” UCF continued its winning streak and won the next five games — FAU, Pitt, SMU, Memphis, and ECU — before their scheduled bye week.

Week 6 at Memphis

The game at Memphis was the Knights’ first and only major scare in the regular season. They trailed for most of the game as Memphis put up 30 in the first half to UCF’s 17. UCF held Memphis scoreless in the second half and scored touchdowns in the 3rd and 4th quarters to seal the win, the go-ahead score with 12:14 left in the game. A defining moment in the season was the touchdown in the 3rd quarter. Facing a 4th and 1 at their own 29, the Knights ran a sneak play that caught Memphis off guard and led to a 71-yard touchdown by RB Taj McGowan. Despite Memphis running a fairly effective two-minute drill that reached UCF’s 31 yard line, a last-second tackle in bounds short of the line to gain bled the rest of the clock and secured the 31–30 victory.
After the bye week, UCF continued to win in convincing fashion against Temple, Navy, Cincinnati, and the War on I-4 rivalry game with South Florida.

Week 10 vs. Cincinnati — College GameDay

The game against Cincinnati was historic for UCF as College GameDay made its first appearance at UCF, and it lived up to the hype. It was the highest-attended program in the show’s 25-year history of attending games outside of a studio with over 20,000 people attending, and marked the 12th appearance of the /CFB flag at GameDay. The guest picker, much to Knight fans’ disappointment, was Maury Povich, even though former UCF players were available and were amenable to doing it.
There were two iconic moments from the show, both coming from Lee Corso. The first was him cursing, once again, on live TV. During a discussion about how UCF was perceived for claiming a national championship in 2017, Corso said “Let me tell you something. These people don’t give a shit,” drawing a massive roar of cheers and applause from the crowd. The second moment was when he did his most elaborate helmet pick yet by dressing up in a full Knightro costume.
The show was also very special for Corso. He lives in Lake Mary, a suburb of Orlando less than 20 miles northeast of the city, and he considers himself to be a fan UCF for that reason. It also gave his family the opportunity to attend the show.
Quick editorial from the writer: I was at GameDay and happened to be standing next to the podium where Corso came out as Knightro. After the cameras stopped rolling, he took off the Knighto head and a couple of young children (I assume they’re his grandchildren) came onto the podium. He sat with them for a while and, if I recall correctly, gave them hugs. It was a really touching moment.

Week 11 at USD— the War on I-4

The War on I-4 against South Florida began like any other, with trash talking, heightened emotions, and a couple of horns down from UCF players and fans (South Florida, like Texas, uses horns up as a gesture). However, the game quickly became secondary on a lot of people’s minds when Milton suffered an injury described as “horrific.” During a scramble to the right sideline early in the 2nd quarter, Milton was tackled in the leg by South Florida DB Mazzi Wilkins. The hit resulted in a “dislocated right knee, severed popliteal artery and two torn ligaments” as listed by Sports Illustrated. According to the SI article, the injury Milton had has a 50 percent of requiring an amputation of the lower leg and, if not treated soon enough, would result in death.
However, luck was on his side. The game was held at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa which is located 6 miles from Tampa General Hospital and its Level 1 trauma center, the designation for hospitals that are the best equipped to deal with major and traumatic injuries. Milton arrived at TGH fairly quickly after leaving the stadium and had emergency surgery to stabilize his leg. The stadium’s proximity to a Level 1 trauma center is universally cited as a major reason that Milton didn’t suffer more severe consequences from the injury. Although Milton was spared from
A game still had to be played, however, and backup QB RS freshman Darriel Mack Jr. came in to replace Milton for the remainder of the game. It was his first game playing in a “starting QB” role as opposed to stepping in late in games where the outcome was more or less decided.
UCF rallied around Milton and started the 10HANA campaign, a reference to Milton’s jersey number 10 and his Hawaiian heritage as “ohana” means family in Hawaiian. T-shirts and other apparel was made with the phrase and black and gold leis were worn en masse to the AAC Conference Championship against Memphis, the team’s first game after Milton’s injury.

AAC Conference Championship Game vs. Memphis

Memphis gave UCF yet another scare in the CCG. Just like in their regular season matchup, Memphis got out to a big lead during the first half as they took a 38–21 lead into the half behind an incredible performance by RB Darrell Henderson. However, just like in the regular season matchup, UCF’s defense stepped up in a major way as Memphis was held to just a field goal in the 3rd quarter. The offense also came to life as they scored 35 points on five touchdowns in their next five possessions. With the win, the Knights extended their winning streak to 25 games.

2019 Fiesta Bowl vs. LSU

With their victory in the CCG, UCF was once again the highest-ranked conference champion in the G5 and earned the automatic bid into a NY6 bowl. In this case, it was the Fiesta Bowl against LSU, the site of their first appearance in BCS/NY6 bowl, a win against Baylor in 2014. While the game started off as a fairly close affair with the Knights ending the 1st quarter with a 14–10 lead over the Tigers. However, UCF was very undisciplined and took several uncharacteristic penalties, including an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the 2nd quarter after they stopped LSU on 3rd and 6. The penalty gave the Tigers a new set of downs that ultimately resulted in a touchdown that brought the score to 14–10.
LSU took the lead on a touchdown with 12:59 remaining in the 2nd quarter touchdown that brought the score to 17–14, a lead they would maintain for the rest of the game. Although UCF came within three points to end the half, the lead was often two possessions or more. UCF did give LSU a scare toward the end, though. After the Knights trimmed the lead to eight on a touchdown and two-point conversion with 2:24 left in the 4th quarter, they were inches away from a successful onside kick as it was not fielded cleanly by LSU at first. The Tigers were able to burn the rest of the clock from there, sealing the win and ending the Knights’ winning streak.

Rivals

USF South Florida — The War on I-4
Series Record: 4–6
This is UCF's major rivalry. The War on I-4 has existed in other sports since the 1970s, but the rivalry began in earnest when the football teams first met in 2005. The rivalry has had two chapters: 2005–2008 as non-conference games, and 2013–present as conference games in the AAC, and the outcomes in the rivalry have differed vastly in each chapter. From 2005–2008, USF won all four games. From 2013–present, UCF is 4–2. In 2016, the rivalry was officially sanctioned and led to the creation of a points-based competition involving all sports. Although the schools play each other in 14 sports, football is still the biggest game and the most coveted victory of any sport. A 150-pound trophy that goes to the winner of the annual football game.
Despite the relatively young age of the rivalry, the Knights and Bulls have had a few iconic matchups. The 2008 game, the first War on I-4 game held at Bright House Networks Stadium, had many iconic moments and went into OT, but #17 South Florida ultimately prevailed 31–24. T
here was a lot riding on the 2013 matchup for UCF, which also happened to be the 400th game in program history. They entered the game 9–1 and in the driver's seat for the conference's AQ bid into a BCS bowl. A win in this game would give UCF, at minimum, a share of the conference title and essentially lock up the bid. It was a close matchup with the outcome not truly decided until 1:20 remained in the 4th when South Florida QB Mike White was picked off by CB Jordan Ozerities, enabling UCF to kneel out the remainder of the clock to seal the team's first win in the War.
The 2017 game marked the first time a "winner takes all" scenario occurred between the two teams as the game would decide the East Division champion, and the AAC champion had a near-guaranteed spot in the Group of 5 conferences' New Year's Six bowl game spot. It was a real back-and-forth affair as UCF took a 21–3 lead after the 1st, but South Florida scored 17 unanswered points to make the game 21–20 at halftime. The teams would proceed to more or less trade scores for the remainder of the game. The game's most iconic moment came with just over a minute left in the game. South Florida had just tied the game following a TD and a successful two-point conversion, but CB Mike Hughes took the ensuing kickoff and returned it 95 yards for the go-ahead TD. With 39 seconds remaining and South Florida pushing its way upfield, S Richie Grant stripped the ball from TE Mitchell Wilcox, and the ball was recovered by LB Shaquem Griffin. UCF would kneel out the rest of the clock and give the Knights a 49–42 victory.
ECU East Carolina
Series Record: 7–10
UCF and ECU first played in 1991 when UCF was a Division I-AA Independent team, with annual games beginning in 2005 with when UCF joined C–USA. Similar to South Florida, this rivalry is really a tale of different conferences resulting in vastly different outcomes. ECU was 4–0 during the pre-C–USA games, 5–3 in C–USA, and now 1–4 in the AAC.
There are some other potential rivalry games such as Houston, Memphis, and Tulsa, but those are played less regularly than the ECU and South Florida. Some former rivalries like Marshall are on indefinite hiatus because the teams are in different conferences.

The Greats

Games

  • 2000 at Alabama — October 28, 2000, UCF 40 – Alabama 38
  • 2010 Liberty Bowl – December 31, 2010, UCF 10 – Georgia 6
  • 2013 War on I-4 – November 29, 2013, UCF 23 – South Florida 20
  • 2014 Fiesta Bowl – January 1, 2014, UCF 52 – Baylor 42
  • 2017 War on I-4 – November 24, 2017, UCF 49 – South Florida 42
  • 2017 AAC Conference Championship Game – December 2, 2017, UCF 62 – Memphis 55 (2OT)
  • 2018 Peach Bowl — January 1, 2018, UCF 34 – Auburn 27

Plays

Players

Thanks to metssuck, orangeLILpumpkin, and shiggidyschwag for their suggestions that really helped make the post better.
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Offseason Review, Day 17- Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore Ravens
AFC North
Link to Hub
Coaching Changes
After ending the season by letting the Bengals score a winning touchdown on a fourth and 12 from 49 yards out, which lead to the country being forced to watch a hideous Bills playoff game, many fans were not sad to see the Ravens Defensive Coordinator, Dean Pees, retire. Personally I thought he was a good DC but his defenses seemed to give up big plays at particularly bad moments pretty often. Pees’ retirement lasted a whole month until he decided to become the DC of the Titans for one of his former players, Mike Vrabel. Dean Pees was replaced by the Ravens Linebackers coach, Don “Wink” Martindale. Martindale is beloved by his players and has developed a good amount of talent at linebacker, including CJ Mosley and Zach Orr (RIP), but in his 32 year coaching career he has only been a DC for one of them, and it didn't go great. Martindale was the Defensive Coordinator for the Broncos in 2010 and while he didn't exactly have a stacked roster, they allowed the most yards and had the least turnovers of any team and were bad in pretty much every aspect of playing defense. In Baltimore Martindale is inheriting a defense that lead the league in turnovers last and allowed the sixth fewest points in the league. Mike Macdonald has come in as the new linebackers coach for this season.
On the offensive side of the ball, many ravens fans may have been hoping to see Marty Mornhinweg fired after a mediocre unimaginative offense disappointed fans for most of the season, but John Harbaugh decided to do what he normally does and let his OC stick around for too long (see: Cam Cameron as OC for five years). Instead the one coaching bright spot in the offense , Greg Roman, was promoted to assistant head coach/ Tight Ends coach after his designs helped turn around the running game last year.
Free Agency
Players lost/cut Position New Team
Mike Wallace WR Eagles
Jeremy Maclin WR Unsigned
Danny Woodhead RB Retired/ Full Time Gym Rat
Ben Watson TE Saints
Austin Howard RT Colts
Ryan Jenson C Bucs
Going in to 2017 Mike Wallace and Jeremy Maclin looked like they could be a potentially exciting WR duo for Joe Flacco to throw the ball near. Shockingly Maclin could not stay healthy and ended up only catching 40 passes for a whopping 440 yards, Wallace played better, but was not as effective as he was in 2016 and had some drops in key situations. Danny Woodhead suffered a hamstring injury during the week one game against the bengals after looking like he could be a key part of the offense. After that he never looked completely healthy and Alex Collins became the lead back. Ben Watson was the offenses most reliable receiver, but with his age, it was an understandable to not to re-sign him. The only two players that walked in FA that I would have liked to stay are Austin Howard and Ryan Jensen. The Ravens decided not to pick up the option on Howard’s contract, deciding to instead take the 3 million dollar cap savings. The other player i would ideally like to have kept is Ryan Jensen, he played as a backup his first three seasons and ended up starting to begin the 2017 season and was very impressive in his first full season leading the Buccaneers to give him a $42 million 4 year contract. While Jensen had a great season this past year I wouldn’t have been able to get behind making him one of the highest paid interior lineman in the league because of one season.
Free Agent Additions/ Re-signings
Player Position Old Team money/year
Robert Griffin III QB Browns $1.1m/1 year
Michael Crabtree WR Raiders $21m/3 years
John Brown WR Cardinals $5m/1 year
Willie Snead WR Saints $7m/2 years
James Hurst OL Ravens 17.5m/ 4 years
RG3 is basically a no risk/low reward signing, paying a backup QB $1.1 million a year with only 100,000 guaranteed isn’t going to hurt the team in any way. If the Ravens went into the offseason knowing they were going to target Lamar Jackson in the draft they probably signed RG3 to mentor him and try to show Lamar how he succeeded and how he failed while having a similar style of play. Like I said there’s not really any downside to this signing and there’s no guarantee he makes the roster out of camp as the Ravens usually only carry two QBS, but while he’s on the team, how can you not love the purple dreads?
While there weren't any big splash signings by the Ravens this offseason, they basically revamped their whole WR corps in one offseason. Michael Crabtree is an older possession receiver, but he’s reliable for the most part and has scored 25 touchdowns in the past three years, so he could be a consistent threat in the redzone, something the Ravens have lacked since Anquan Boldin. I think the Crabtree signing was a very good decision, especially because the majority of his guaranteed money is gone after the first year, so if he doesn't live up to expectations it won’t be hard to move on.
John Brown has had some incredible flashes of play over the past few years, but has also struggled a lot with injuries. Brown could end up being a welcome surprise if he stays healthy, but expecting him to play all 16 games might be too much. Overall a one year $5 million contract isn’t a huge risk to take on a WR with big play ability like Brown.
Willie Snead might have been my favorite signing of the three WRs. Snead was suspended for PEDs last offseason and spent most of the season after he was reinstated in Sean Payton’s doghouse. While Snead has surely benefitted from playing with Brees, I’ve always been a fan of him as a receiver, he’s not a flashy player but he’s versatile, has good hands, and has some incredible hair.
James Hurst was brought back on a somewhat surprisingly large deal for a lineman who’s never been a reliable starter and whose claim to fame is getting bullrushed into Flacco's lap and tearing his ACL. Having a backup that can play at every spot on the line if needed definitely has value, but I’m not sure that the Ravens needed to hand Hurst a contract like this one in order to keep him around when he’s not really a guy you want to see on the field.
Draft
Round Pick Player Position School
1 25 Hayden Hurst TE South Carolina
1 32 Lamar Jackson WR QB Louisville
3 19 Orlando Brown OT Oklahoma
3 22 Mark Andrews TE Oklahoma
4 18 Anthony Averett CB Alabama
4 22 Kenny Young ILB UCLA
4 32 Jaleel Scott WR New Mexico State
5 25 Jordan Lasley WR UCLA
6 16 Deshon Elliott S Texas
6 38 Greg Senat OT Wagner
6 41 Bradley Bozeman C Alabama
7 20 Zach Sieler DL Ferris State
Thoughts on the Draft and the occasional grade
Hayden Hurst C-
I have three career touchdowns less than Hayden Hurst, but I've also never played college football. Hurst quit playing professional baseball after developing the yips and not being able to throw strikes anymore. After that he decided to give college football a try and played three years at South Carolina. In those three years he caught only 100 balls for just over 1200 yards, he had one touchdown in his sophomore season and two in his junior season. South Carolina isn't exactly known for being an offensive powerhouse but those are by no means first round tight end numbers. Obviously there's more that goes into scouting a player than just their college statistics and Hurst is better than the numbers he put up, but I don't think he was worthy of a first round selection. He is a well rounded TE who is a solid route runner and a reliable blocker, but the way the NFL is trending I think the Ravens put way too much emphasis on the blocking ability of Hurst, and nowhere near enough on his receiving ability, which is alright but not what a first round Tight End's should be. I am obviously not a fan of the pick and was even less of a fan of the pick during the draft after the Ravens traded down twice and still didn't take Lamar Jackson (they remedied that a few picks later).
Lamar Jackson A
Lamar Jackson has been an incredible player to watch from his first game at Louisville, in his college career he took home the Heisman trophy for his sophomore season and was a finalist for the award in his Junior season as well. Lamar is obviously an incredible athlete, but the reason he was a first round quarterback and one of my favorite quarterbacks in this draft class was because he's shown development as a passer every year he's started. Most people would think he regressed his junior year since he didn't win the Heisman a second time, but he played better in junior year than he did the year before, he just didn't produce the same win loss record and big upset wins that he did in his sophomore season. Before the draft there were rumors that some NFL teams didn't view him as a quarterback. Whether that was true or it was just teams and analysts spreading rumors, Lamar is a phenomenal quarterback, who just happens to also be the best athlete on pretty much any field he steps on. He ended up not doing athletic drills at the combine to reinforce that he is a quarterback and nothing else, but at Louisville's team testing day in 2017 it was reported that he ran a 4.34. What makes him a great quarterback prospect is that he doesn't always want to use that athleticism, he is very much the type of quarterback that wants to throw the ball first and will try to extend plays to make throws downfield, and then if those plays aren't there, he will take off. His biggest issue as a passer is his sometimes erratic footwork that leads to inaccurate throws, whether it was because of being pressured or wanting to get the ball out quick, I think if he can work on that in the pros that will be much less of a concern going forward.
Orlando Brown Jr. C+
After turning in the worst combine performance of all time, and being yelled at by coaches for his laziness while doing it Brown slipped from a possible first round prospect to a possible day three pick. Brown played very well at Oklahoma, not allowing a sack in his last season, but there is some concern over how much he was helped by Lincoln Riley, who is probably the best offensive mind in college football, and having a quarterback who can get himself out of trouble with his legs like Baker Mayfield. Run blocking is definitely where Brown is his best as he uses his massive body to overpower defenders, he has a harder time in pass protection where his lack of athleticism can be exploited by quicker players. I don't love the pick, but Brown being picked by the Ravens is a great story. His father, known as Zeus, was part of the original Ravens team and a fantastic OT during his career. Zeus passed away in 2011 and never got to see his son play college football. Orlando was born the year that his father moved to Maryland to play and wrote Ozzie Newsome a letter during the draft process asking them to draft him so he could play for his dad's former team.
Mark Andrews B+
Another Oklahoma player and Baker Mayfield's go to receiver in big situations. Andrews is much more of a receiving TE than a blocking TE, but he is a very good receiver. His junior year he won the John Mackey award for best TE in college football and hauled in 62 passes for just under a thousand yards and 8 touchdowns (more than double Hursts' career total). Andrews can be a great mismatch when used in the slot and should be the Ravens main TE on passing downs.
Anthony Averett A two year starter at Alabama, Averett will not see the field this year unless the team suffers a lot of injuries in the secondary.
Kenny Young An athletic ILB that could compete for playing time next to CJ Mosley this season
Jaleel Scott The Ravens love to draft raw speed/ size guys at WR and hope they can develop them, the only problem is that it basically never works out for them. Scott is incredibly raw and was definitely overdrafted.
I'm a huge draft nerd, but even I can barely tell you anything about most players that are drafted, I honestly didn't even know Ferris State was a school, let alone a school that was going to have a DE drafted out of it. The Ravens had a solid draft that provided them with a future QB, hopefully at least one TE of the future, a player that compete to start at RT right away, and some guys who look like they'll be solid depth.
Offseason news
This was Ozzie Newsome's last draft as a GM, and now his protege who has been waiting in the wings for the past few years, Eric Decosta, will be taking over. Ozzie was basically in charge of the Raven's draft beginning in their first year as a franchise, but was named GM in 2002, making him the first black GM in the NFL. During that stretch he has been one of the best GMs in the league, helping lead the Ravens to two Superbowls in less than 20 years of existing as a franchise. Ozzie will probably go down as one of the best talent evaluators ever (ignoring wr), and would certainly be headed to Canton if he wasn't already there as a player. Decosta has turned down multiple other GM jobs and interviews to stay with Baltimore and seems to have mostly similar philosophies to Ozzie, it's going to be hard to live up to the expectations that were set by his mentor, but with Ozzie's training and Decosta's years of experience as assistant GM he's in a good spot.
Projected Starting Lineup
Offense
QB: Joe Flacco
RB: Alex Collins
FB: Patrick Ricard
WR: Michael Crabtree
WR: Willie Snead
WR: John Brown
LT: Ronnie Stanley
LG: Alex Lewis/ James Hurst
C: Matt Skura
RG: Marshal Yanda
RT: Orlando Brown/ James Hurst
Defense
DT: Brandon Williams
NT: Michael Pierce
DE: Brent Urban/ Carl Davis/ Willie Henry
OLB: Terrell Suggs
OLB: Matt Judon
ILB: CJ Mosley
ILB: Patrick "Peanut" Onwuasor
CB: Jimmy Smith
CB: Marlon Humphrey
Nickel CB: Brandon Car Tavon Young
FS: Eric Weddle
SS: Tony Jefferson
Roster Strengths and Weaknesses
Quarterback: Weakness with potential
Joe Flacco has been an average to bad QB since his incredible superbowl MVP run, unfortunately his contract has him locked on this roster through at least the 2019 season. After the superbowl run I was unfortunately one of the fans who considered him a franchise QB and thought signing him was a no-brainer. Since that extension the Ravens letting Tyrod walk, there's not much question in my mind that Tyrod has been the better QB of the two, and he's done it without a contract that cripples his team. The bright spot in this area of the roster is obviously Lamar Jackson, once a team takes a QB in the first round it's not a matter of if the old QB is benched, but when. I don't expect Lamar to start the season, but I would be surprised if he's not the starter by the end of the year. RG3 is also here.
Running Backs: Meh Alex Collins is the headliner here and he had a great second half of the year where he looked like one of the better backs in the league. Behind Collins there's Kenneth Dixon who got suspended and then hurt last year and never saw the field. He was an exciting prospect coming out of college, but missed most of his rookie year with an injury and at this point is mostly has to prove he can stay on the field before I get excited about him again. Buck Allen is a sold back whose strength is his receiving ability, but has never shown that he's able to carry a full load.
OL: Hopefully the starters survive this year The Ravens have become somewhat of an underrated Oline factory, with three starters leaving for free agency in the past three years and all three of them becoming some of the highest paid lineman in football. Kelechi Osemele went to the raiders on a 58 million dollar deal, Ricky Wagner went to the Lions on a $47 million dollar deal and Ryan Jensen left for the Buccaneers this offseason on a 42 million dollar contract. Hopefully they can continue developing that level of talent this year.Last year it seemed like the Ravens sent 10 Olinemen that played at some point to the IR, that being said they performed much better than one would expect when they cycled through players like they did. This year the only two returning starters are Ronnie Stanley, who's beginning to look like an upper tier LT and Marshal Yanda, who has been one of the best linemen in the league for the past ten years. Outside of those two guys it's pretty much a toss up as to who will start and how the line will perform.
WR's and TE's: Meh with upside
With basically a completely revamped WR corps this year, it should be easy to improve on group of players that were a joke of a wr corps last year. It was so bad last year that Griff Whalen got playing time , the Griff Whalen from the infamous colts trick punt. Crabtree, Snead and Brown should lead the team in snaps with Chris Moore, Breshad Perriman and Tim White getting snaps as well. At TE Nick Boyle will likely start the season if he doesn't get popped for PEDs for the 15th time, with Hurst and Andrews probably taking more snaps as the season goes on. Hopefully the coaching staff will use Andrews as a mimatch weapon as opposed to just lining him up inline.
Front Five: Big strength
The Raven run a hybrid defense, so instead of DL and LBs I'm going to list the front five who are usually on the line and the Inside Linebackers. The Ravens lead the league in sacks last year, partially because some creative schemed blitzes and playing bad quarterbacks but the players in this group are legit. Terrell Sugg is somehow still a number one pass rusher, Matt Judon showed in his second that he was more than just a freak athlete and racked up 8 sacks and plenty of pressures. Behind those two as starters there are two promising young edge rushers in Tyus Bowser and Tim Williams. Last year they didn't contribute much, as Bowser never played as a true edge rusher in college and still had a lot of learning to do and Williams didn't look like the same player he didn in college. On the interior D-line Brandon Williams is right up there with Damon Harrison with his run stuffing ability, although he does not offer much as a pass rusher. Michael Pierce at nose tackle basically fits the same mold. When the Ravens need pass rush from the interior they usually sub those two out and bring out Willie Henry, who had a very promising year last year, Brent Urban can be a solid pass rusher when he’s healthy and Chris Wormley is a very good athlete on the interior who should see more playing time this year.
Inside Linebackers: Really depends on the second guy
CJ Mosley is the obvious starter here and one of the best Linebackers in the league. Mosley has been in the Pro Bowl every year but his second season since coming out of Alabama, he never leaves the field and is one of the leaders of the defense. The question here is who plays next to him.last year Onwuasor played 60% of the teams snaps and was probably about average, but he's a lighter LB who struggles against the run, so he's not really a guy you always want on the field. This year Kenny Young will likely compete for snaps next to Mosley.
Secondary: Holy Shit
This secondary should be one of the best in the league this year if they avoid major injuries. Jimmy Smith is coming back from an injury and is probably a top ten corner when healthy, outside of him Marlon Humphrey had a phenomenal rookie year and will probably be the other outside corner. At nickel corner it's going to be a competition between Tavon Young and Brandon Carr. Young missed last year with a torn ACL, but had a very strong rookie year in 2016 as a slot corner, Brandon Carr's play was good last year, but the Ravens might want to go with Young as the starter considering what he showed his first year. At safety the Ravens have one of the best safety tandems in the league with Eric Weddle and Tony Jefferson. Last year was somewhat of a down year for Jefferson, but I think based on the rest of his career that a bounceback year is coming. Both guys are interchangeable at either safety position, and form a duo that is hard to find a big weakness in. Some other players that looked promising last year and that you should expect to see contribute this year are Maurice Canady at corner and Chuck Clark at Safety.
Special Teams: Better than your teams
Justin Tucker is a better kicker and Opera singer than your kicker and those are just facts. Hopefully this year he won't be the only/best shot for the Ravens to get on the scoreboard, but if he is knowing he has a weirdy accurate cannon instead of a leg is pretty comforting. Sam Koch continues to be one of the better punters in the league and showed last year that he should also have been the backup qb over Ryan Mallett, because he completed both pass attempts for 38 yards and has completed every pass he's ever attempted in his career (all 4).
Camp competitions
Quarterback
While I don't think the Ravens coaching staff will actually let this be an open competition in camp, Flacco could easily be replaced by the new weird JUGS robot that Iowa has and I don't think there would be a drop off. Flacco has either had the alright level of talent he used to have stolen a-la the Monstars, or he's just stopped caring and is ok with being a less funny, less handsome Jay Cutler. Unless something really changes with Flacco this season I expect to see Lamar Jackson start towards the end of the season, especially if the Ravens don't have a shot at the playoffs. Personally Flacco is just draining to watch play QB, and has made it less and less exciting to be a Ravens fan because you basically know that the team is never really gonna have a great day on offense and you're gonna have to hope the defense plays its ass off in order to get a win.
OLine
All three spots that don't have returning starters are going to be a competition in camp, and James Hurst is a possibility that no one really wants at all of them. At Left Guard it's going to be between Alex Lewis and Hurst, this coaching staff seems to want to give Lewis another chance even though he's constantly hurt. At center it's between Matt Skura, Alex Lewis and James Hurst, I expect Skura to win it after having some solid play last year. At RT it seems like it's been narrowed down to Hurst or Orlando Brown, but Alex Lewis was talked about here too since he played tackle in college, I expect Hurst to win but Brown playing this year wouldn't shock me
TE
Boyle comes in to camp as the likely starter and I think he'll start opening day too, but by the end of the year I expect to see Hurst and Andrews on the field more than Boyle. Former second round pick Maxx Williams is also here, but it wouldn't shock me if he doesn't make the roster, as he's been hurt a lot and hasn't showed much when he's been on the field.
ILB
Kind of already went over this one, besides CJ Mosley it's probably going to be a competition between Onwuasor, Kenny Young and Kamalei Correa. I expect Onwuasor to win and play most of the snaps, Young could get some snaps too, but Correa's looking more and more like a bust as there is talk he might be moved back to edge again after coming in to the nfl as an edge and almost immediately getting move to inside linebacker.
Nickel CB Again I've already discussed this and I'd expect to see more of Tavon Young than Brandon Carr.
Schedule Predictions
Week 1: vs Buffalo Bills W
At quarterback the Bills will be starting either Nathan Peterman or Josh Allen. That's really all the analysis needed here but I'll talk about it some more. The Bills have one weapon on offense, and there's some pretty serious accusations being thrown at Shady right now, so if he ends up getting suspended the Bills have the worst skill position group in the league, and what's shaping up to be a 2017 Bengals level Oline to go with it. Defense might be there strong suit, but even there they basically have one corner that scares you and their big offseason get was overpaying a Defensive Tackle that can't rush the passer. I think the Bills traded away way too much talent in the name of "rebuilding the culture" and are going to be one of the worst teams in the league this year.
Week 2: at Cincinnati Bengals L
It seems like the Ravens split the series with the Bengals every year, and since they don't play in week 17 this year and can't ruin the Ravens playoff chances I'm going to put the loss here. I expect the Bengals to improve slightly this year, they should have a better Oline and might actually let John Ross play some receiver this year instead of practice squad db. Also Carl Lawson could develop into a terrifying pass rusher in his second year.
Week 3: vs Denver Broncos W
Case Keenum played great last year, but he did that with a great coaching staff and one of the best rosters in the NFL around him. Keenum is moving from having two top 15 WRs, a reliable TE, a solid running game and a great scheme to the Broncos where I don't see him having any of that. Thomas and Sanders are a good wr duo, but they aren't on the level of Thielen and Diggs and I don't see rest of the offense wowing anyone. On defense Von Miller is one of the best pass rushers in the league and they added Chubb in the draft, but that's kind of all their front 7 has that scares anyone. In the secondary they still have two good corners after trading Talib away in Bradley Roby and Chris Harris, but the nickel corner spot is a big question, at Safety they have two solid guys in Justin Simmons and Darian Stewart but neither are really fantastic.
Week 4: at Pittsburgh Steelers L
The Steelers offense is still going to be one of the best in the league as long as Le'veon doesn't hold out, and even then they still could be. This game to me depends on if Le'veon is playing and how healthy Jimmy Smith is because he seems to be one of the few corners in the league that can actually cover Antonio Brown. In the draft the Steelers decided to draft a fifth round safety in the first round and completely ignore the fact that they have no competent inside linebackers, so I was pretty happy with that. I still expect the Steelers D-line to be a wrecking ball, but besides that their defense looks like it's going to regress bad.
Week 5: at Cleveland Browns W
The Browns have added a lot of talent through the draft the past two years, and I'm a big fan of Baker Mayfield, but with Hue Jackson as the HC and Gregg Williams having his FS play so far back they look like they're about to return a punt, I don't think the talent is good enough to overcome the coaching.
Week 6: at Tennessee Titans W
This is definitely one of the games I'm the most hesitant about putting as a win. Last year the Titans beat the Ravens by three points and benefitted from two awful throws by Flacco that Kevin Byard turned into interceptions. The Titans are a pretty young team with a first year head coach and I just don't have much faith in Mike Vrabel turning Mariota around and winning right away.
Week 7: vs New Orleans Saints L
The Saints have an incredible roster across the board and Drew Brees seems to not be affected by aging, they can attack you on defense basically any way they want to and on defense they have a bunch of young guys that seem on their way to developing into studs and some guys that already are some of the best at their position including Cameron Jordan and Marshon Lattimore.
Week 8: at Carolina Panthers L
Even with Norv Turner somehow getting another OC job(and hiring half of his family as his staff) I still think Cam will be able to produce. The Panthers have the pieces to be a dangerous offense this year, but I think Norv will hold them back from actually becoming what they can be. McCaffrey might not be a huge threat running the ball, but now they've added CJ Anderson to take some carries. Kelvin Benjamin being replaced with DJ Moore is a huge addition to this offense, because it's better to have Wrs that can actually separate. The Oline will probably be a weakness, but Cam's legs have always helped there. On defense there's still a very intimidating front seven, Thomas Davis will be back from suspension and a healthy Kuechly is pretty much unstoppable. The place you can take advantage of this defense is definitely the secondary where they have a very young, besides Mike Adams, and not very talented group of players.
Week 9: vs Pittsburgh Steelers W
See week 4
Week 10: bye
If the week 9 game against the Steelers ends up as a loss and the Ravens go into the bye with three losses in a row, it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see Lamar start after the bye. Obviously that depends on Flacco’s performance in those games, but I'm gonna go out on a limb and say they won't be great.
Week 11: vs Cincinnati Bengals W
See week 2
Week 12: vs Oakland Raiders W
The John Gruden project has been hilarious so far, but not really in a good way for Raiders fans. Signing a coach that hasn't coached at all in ten years to a ten year 100 million fully guaranteed contract is crazy, especially when the owner probably can't buy out the contract if it does go south. Gruden has started by signing a bunch of old vets and there were reports around draft time that he had a completely separate draft board from Reggie Mckenzie and the scouting department and they were drafting off of Gruden’s board, which is believable because this draft was awful for the Raiders. Their Oline should still be a strength but I’ve never been sold on Carr and their only real threat at a skill position is Amari Cooper who is coming off a very down year. The defense is still awful outside of Khalil Mack, if you’re still relying on Leon Hall to play meaningful snaps in 2018 you’re doing something wrong.
Week 13: at Atlanta Falcons L
Even with Steve Sarkisian doing everything he can to hold the offense back with his playcalling there is a crazy amount of talent on this team and it just added Calvin Ridley. Sark’s second year in the NFL should hopefully be better than the first. On the other side of the ball the defense has a crazy amount of speed at pretty much every position. Dion Jones has emerged as one of the best linebackers in the league, Grady Jarrett is a monster in the middle of the line and if Takk develops and Beasley bounces back from a down year this front seven could be crazy good. Even if Takk and Beasley don’t take those steps the Falcons have a very talented secondary, Trufant can be a shutdown corner and Robert Alford would be a few teams best corner. Then with the combo of Ricardo Allen and Keanu Neal at safety this defense doesn’t any big weaknesses to take advantage of.
Week 14: at Kansas City Chiefs L
The Chiefs are a very weird team in that they traded away their starting QB and their offense might actually improve. Last year’s offense was already one of the best in the league, but with the addition of Sammy Watkins and Patrick Mahomes bringing his style of play that is very different than what they’ve had with Alex Smith and could lead to more big plays, both with his legs and the cannon people call his arm. The defense will likely look worse this year though they are getting Eric Berry back, because that’s what happens when you trade one of the best corners in the NFL away. The chiefs added another good corner on defense when they acquired Kendall Fuller in their trade with the Redskins, but that still leaves them with just one starting level corner on the field.
Week 15: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers W
Even before getting into Jameis’ awful decisions off the field, there had to already be questions if he was going to be the future of the franchise based on how he played, because it certainly hasn’t been to the level anyone expects out of a #1 overall pick. After this offseason I don’t see how any team can trust Jameis enough to give him a big contract, especially the Bucs. This season their offense should improve at least slightly because while Jameis has not played well, he’s definitely a couple steps above Ryan Fitzpatrick. With the weapons this offense has it could easily be one of the best in the league, but QB play and coaching will likely hold it back again. On defense they decided the way to go this offseason was to stack the shit out of the defensive line. They still don’t have one dominant player that teams are scared of, but they went from two or three actually good players to a deep rotation of guys that should be good. This team is still going to have a pretty weak secondary with some young corners and Vernon Hargreaves well on his way to being a bust.
Week 16: at Los Angeles Chargers L
Knowing the Chargers they’ll be in playoff contention coming in to week 16 and need to win both of their last two games to get in, so i should probably change this to a win, but the roster is just too good on paper. The offense is loaded and has an improved Oline, and the defense has the best pass rush duo in the league with Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa and if Jason Verrett can stay healthy a great cb tandem.
Week 17: vs Browns W
See week 5.
Season Record Prediction: 9-7
Offensive and Defensive Schemes
Marty Mornhinweg returns this year as Offensive Coordinator after calling plays that lead to the the Ravens having the 27th ranked offense in yards per game. The offense last year was largely imaginative and ineffective until Greg Roman was given more control over the run game. After that point in the season the Ravens had a very diverse running scheme and finished right outside of the top ten in rushing offense. Roman used a downhill attack that utilized power, trap, and wham blocking plays pretty often towards the end of the year and that will likely continue this year as he has been promoted and should have more say in the offense. The passing offense will likely try to utilize play action off of the back of a strong running game.
On defense I don't expect Martindale to change the defense much from Pees’ scheme. I expect the Ravens to still use a hybrid defense that lines up in all different types of formations and uses creative blitzes to put pressures on opposing quarterbacks. I wouldn’t expect the Ravens to lead the league in turnovers again, as they won’t get the chance to play Deshone Kizer(twice) and Brett Hundley, but they should still be a defense that gets consistent pressure and makes life hell for opposing quarterbacks.
Thanks to PlatypusofDeath for taking the mantle over from skepticismssurvival and to my friends for helping edit and format the post. Hope you guys enjoy it!
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Transfer Megathread 2018-2019

This thread is all things transfers: Players in, Players out, Players loans expiring or being loaned out, and the best part player rumors. If you have any information feel free to share and we can add it on here. Front office changes will also be apart of the club news this year. This is the one stop shop for all transfer news!

OFFICIAL ARRIVALS

Purchased
Player Pos Age Nationality Fee ($) Former Team Contract Length
Tesho Akindele F 26 Canadian 150,000 100,000(TAM 2018) 50,000(GAM 2019) FC Dallas Unkown
João Moutinho LB 20 Portugese Mohamed El-Munir LAFC 1yr
Greg Ranjitsingh GK 25 Canadian/Trinidadian N/A Louisville City (USL) Unknown
Kyle Smith D 26 American N/A Louisville City (USL) Unknown
Jhegson Sebastián Méndez M 21 Ecuadorian N/A Independiente del Valle (Ecuador's Serie A) Unknown
Benji Michel F 21 American N/A Portland Pilots (College) HG Deal
Alex De John CB 27 American N/A Dalkurd FF (Swedish Second Division) 1yr Deal
Santiago Patiño F 21 American N/A Florida International University (College) MLS SuperDraft (3rd Overall)
Kamal Miller CB 21 Canadian N/A Syracuse University (College) MLS SuperDraft (27th Overall)
Tommy Madden M 21 American N/A UNC Charlotte (College) MLS SuperDraft (38th Overall) (RELEASED)
Scott DeVoss D 23 American N/A University of Denver (College) MLS SuperDraft (3rd Round) (RELEASED)
Ruan RB 23 Brazillian N/A Ponte Preta (Brazil’s Série B) 1yr Deal
Loaned In
Player Pos Age Nationality Fee ($) Team Loan Length
Danilo Acosta LB 21 American 75,000 TAM Real Salt Lake 1yr (option to buy)

OFFICIAL DEPARTURES

Sold/Released\*
*Not all releases are final, club could bring players back on a new deal.
Player Pos Fee ($) To
Joe Bendik GK $50,000 TAM Columbus Crew SC
Earl Edwards, Jr. GK Second-Round 2019 MLS SuperDraft Pick D.C. United
Richie Laryea M Contract Option Not Excercised N/A
Tony Rocha M Fourth-Round 2019 MLS SuperDraft Pick NYCFC
Chris Schuler CB Contract Option Not Excercised N/A
Johnathan Spector CB Contract Option Not Excercised N/A
Scott Sutter RB Contract Option Not Excercised Vancouver Whitecaps
Donny Toia LB Stage 1 MLS Re-Entry draft selection Real Salt Lake
Jose Villarreal F Contract Option Not Excercised N/A
Victor "PC" Giro LB/LW Third-Round 2019 MLS SuperDraft Pick Vancouver Whitecaps
Mohamed El-Munir LB João Moutinho LAFC
Amro Tarek CB Fourth-Round 2019 MLS SuperDraft Pick New York Red Bulls
Stefano Pinho F Waived N/A
Tommy Madden M Released N/A
RJ Allen RB Waived N/A
Scott DeVoss D Released N/A
Loaned Out
Player Pos Age Fee ($) Loan To League
Pierre Da Silva M 20 N/A Athlético Paranaense Brazil Serie A
End of Loan
Player Pos Age Back To Length GP G A
N/A

Front Office

Current Staff Members

Additions
Name Position in Club From Source
Ricardo Moreira Director of Scouting Columbus Crew Source Link
Luiz Muzzi EVP of Soccer Operations FC Dallas Source Link

Departures

Name Position in Club Going to Source
Alex Calder Director of Sports Science Houston Dynamo Source Link
Dennis Sprenkle VP of Human Resources Inter Miami CF Source Link
Niki Budalic General Manager Inter Miami CF Source Link

Rumors

Rumored Arrivals
Bruno Godeau-Player Page

Date News Source Source Link
Febuary 11, 2019 Our editors learned from a good source that Orlando City is interested in Bruno Godeau, who has a very strong season at Mouscron. The ex-player of Zulte Waregem, KVC Westerlo, RSC Anderlecht and KV Oostende is under contract until mid 2020. (Translated from Dutch) Voetbal Nieuws (Belgium) Source Link
Luis Nani (Otherwise known as "Nani")-Player Page

Date News Source Source Link
Febuary 8, 2019 #MLS in Saturday headlines of Portugal's biggest sports papers: Record, O Jogo, A Bola. #OCSC reportedly want to sign #Nani this month. #SportingCP currently weighing the offer, for now they intend to keep their captain. Joga Bonito USA (Twitter) Source Link
Andres Ponce-Player Page

Date News Source Source Link
Febuary 7, 2019 Forward "Anji" and the national team of Venezuela Andres Ponce can change the team in the winter transfer window. As it became known to the Championship, the forward received two transfer offers from the Universidad Catolica team from Chile and from Orlando City from the MLS. Both clubs are ready to pay Anji the amount of compensation in the amount of € 300 thousand. The player will make a decision within 48 hours. (Translated from Russian) Championat (Russian) Source Link
OFFICIALLY ACQUIRED Ruan Gregório Teixeira (Ruan)-Player Page
Date News Source Source Link
January 16, 2019 Orlando City SC has signed defender Ruan to a one year contract ahead of the 2019 Major League Soccer (MLS) season. The 23-year-old right back comes to the United States from Brazil’s Série B. Orlando City Press Release Source Link
January 10, 2019 Orlando City is on the verge of signing Brazilian right back Ruan, who played with Serie B side Ponte Preta recently. The Mane Land Source Link
January 9, 2019 According to Cartolendas and confirmed by Marcello Góis, Orlando City is set to sign the 23 year-old RB from Bara FC. The player was on loan with Ponte Preta in Brazil's second division. Cartolendas and Marcello Góis Source Link 1, Source Link 2
Lubambo Musonda-Player Page

Date News Source Source Link
January 8, 2019 According to The Mane Land, the deal for this player has fallen through. No other additonal information has been provided. The Mane Land Source Link
January 5, 2019 ORLANDO CITY INFO Orlando is about to acquire 23-year-old Ugandan midfielder Lubambo Musonda from Gandzasar. In Armenia since the 2014/15 season, he has played 131 games with 25 goals and 27 assists. 23 selections with Zambia, 2 goals. #MLS (Translated from French) Nilton Jorge (Twitter) Source Link
OFFICIALLY ACQUIRED Danilo Acosta-Player Page

Date News Source Source Link
December 28, 2018 Orlando City SC acquires defender Danilo Acosta on loan from Real Salt Lake with an option to make the transfer permanent at the end of the 2019 Major League Soccer (MLS) season, in exchange for $75,000 of General Allocation Money. Orlando City Press Release Source Link
December 27, 2018 Orlando City is also working on a deal to acquire former #USMNT Under-20 left back Danilo Acosta from Real Salt Lake. Ives Galarcep Source Link
OFFICIALLY ACQUIRED Jhegson Sebastián Méndez-Player Page

Date News Source Source Link
December 28, 2018 Orlando City SC has signed Ecuadorian midfielder Jhegson Sebastián “Sebas” Méndez via transfer from Independiente del Valle of Ecuador’s Serie A. Orlando City Press Release Source Link
December 27, 2018 Jhegson Mendez would go to @ OrlandoCitySC the @MLS , after the offer @atleticopr came too late. #IDV #Independente #OrlandoCity. (Translated from Spanish) Deportes Radio CRE (Ecuador) Source Link
December 27, 2018 #CONFIRMED @IDV_EC , transferred to #OrlandoCity of @MLS to Jhegson Sebastián Méndez.The Rayados, respected the player's will, despite having a proposal @athleticopr also stay with 30% of the pass, for future negotiation. Via @ FABIANGALLARDOM. (Translated from Spanish) Area Diportiva (Ecuador) Source Link
December 27, 2018 Too late came the offer of Atlético Paranaense by Sebastián Méndez player of Independiente Del Valle. The midfielder was transferred the week before to MLS and will play in Orlando City. (Translated from Spanish) Roberto Omar Machado (Twitter) Source Link
OFFICIALLY ACQUIRED João Moutinho-Player Page

Date News Source Source Link
December 11, 2018 Orlando City SC has announced the acquisition of defender João Moutinho from Los Angeles Football Club, in exchange for defender Mohamed El-Munir. Orlando City Press Release Source Link
December 9, 2018 Hearing that Orlando City is trading Mohamed El-Munir to LAFC for Joao Moutinho. The Mane Land Source Link
Yago Pikachu-Player Page

Date News Source Source Link
December 27, 2018 Pikachu is still on the outs with his current club and is considering various teams including Orlando City. Esporte24horas Source Link
December 5, 2018 Pikachu has been coveted by many teams but it's rumored that OCSC is in the lead. The 26 year-old attacking player has had one of the best seasons of his career and has been seen in the US recently. UOL Esporte Source Link

Diego Ribas da Cunha (Otherwise known as "Diego")-Player Page

Date News Source Source Link
January 10, 2019 Orlando City has stopped pursuing Diego as he seems content with Flamengo’s latest offer. Gustavo Zupak Source Link
January 9, 2019 Flamengo has upped their offer to Diego to try and keep the player. He his considering staying instead of taking Orlando's offer Coluna do Flamengo Source Link
December 28, 2018 [In regards to target Diego Ribas da Cunha]Diego has it in hand, a 3-year contract offer from Orlando City. American Club is not willing to pay for the release. Either he gets a friendly hit with Flamengo, or Orlando will jump out of the bargain. ⚫🔴🇧🇷🇺🇸 #Flamengo #SRN #MaiorDoMundo #DiegoRibas #OrlandoCity (Translated from Portugese) @maiordomundocrf (Twitter) Source Link
December 5, 2018 Per a report from Fox Brazil, Diego does not want to continue with Flamengo and is speaking with OCSC. The players contract is up in the summer. Fox Brazil Source Link

Osvaldo "Ozzie" Alonso-Player Page
Date News Source Source Link
January 7, 2019 Ozzie Alonso is close to signing with Minnesota United with FC Cincinati right behind them. Orlando City appears to no longer be interested in Ozzie. Sam Stejskal Source Link
November 23, 2018 Per a report from Seattle-based Futbol MLS reporter Niko Moreno, Orlando City is among the clubs interested in signing Alonso. Expansion club FC Cincinnati, mentioned in the initial report, denied pursuing the Cuban midfielder. MLSSoccer.com Source Link
Cyle Larin-Player Page
Date News Source Source Link
January 9, 2019 There has been no news on the Larin front. Since that is the case, the rumor is closed.
November 2, 2018 According to Haber Turk, Cyle Larin has fallen out of favor with Besiktas and is frustrated with his lack of playing time for the Turkish club. The article goes on to say that Larin has been entertaining a move back to MLS and has been speaking with his old club Orlando City. Haber Turk Source Link


Rumored Departures
OFFICIAL DEPARTURE Amro Tarek
Date News Source Source Link
December 11, 2018 Orlando City SC has acquired a natural fourth round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for defender Amro Tarek. Orlando City Press Release Source Link
December 11, 2018 According Yallakora, Tarek has told them that the club has sold him and the announcement is coming today. Yallakora Source Link
OFFICIAL DEPARTURE Yoshimar Yotun
Date News Source Source Link
December 27, 2018 Orlando City SC has agreed to transfer midfielder Yoshimar Yotún to Liga MX’s Cruz Azul for an undisclosed amount. (Mods note: rumored to be 4 Million USD) Orlando City Press Release Source Link
December 19, 2018 After falling again in a Final, Cruz Azul is willing to do anything to face America , in the particular struggle of the 'greats' to get titles. For this reason, the celestial directive does not waste time and already tied its first reinforcement from abroad. It is the Peruvian national Yoshimar Yotún , who will arrive at La Noria from Orlando City of MLS, in exchange for 3.5 million dollars and a three-year contract. (Translated to English) Récord (Mexico) Source Link
December 19, 2018 Orlando City has ‘no intention’ of selling Yoshimar Yotún to Liga MX side Cruz Azul ProSoccerUSA.com (Jordan Culver) Source Link
December 18, 2018 Orlando City has reportedly allowed Cruz Azul to speak to the Peruvian. Carlos Ponce de León Source Link

News by Date


Date News Source Source Link
Febuary 11, 2019 Orlando City SC announces it has released third round MLS SuperDraft pick Scott DeVoss ahead of the 2019 Major League Soccer season. DeVoss, 22, was selected by Orlando City SC with the 59th pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft in January. Orlando City Press Release Source Link
Febuary 11, 2019 Our editors learned from a good source that Orlando City is interested in Bruno Godeau, who has a very strong season at Mouscron. The ex-player of Zulte Waregem, KVC Westerlo, RSC Anderlecht and KV Oostende is under contract until mid 2020. (Translated from Dutch) Voetbal Nieuws (Belgium) Source Link
Febuary 8, 2019 #MLS in Saturday headlines of Portugal's biggest sports papers: Record, O Jogo, A Bola. #OCSC reportedly want to sign #Nani this month. #SportingCP currently weighing the offer, for now they intend to keep their captain. Joga Bonito USA (Twitter) Source Link
Febuary 7, 2019 Forward "Anji" and the national team of Venezuela Andres Ponce can change the team in the winter transfer window. As it became known to the Championship, the forward received two transfer offers from the Universidad Catolica team from Chile and from Orlando City from the MLS. Both clubs are ready to pay Anji the amount of compensation in the amount of € 300 thousand. The player will make a decision within 48 hours. (Translated from Russian) Championat (Russian) Source Link
Febuary 7, 2019 American forward Pierre da Silva is already in Caju CT and will be loaned by Orlando City to the Hurricane. The partnership between the clubs that brought an American athlete to Brazil for the first time should lead goalkeeper Juliano, right-back Léo Simas and midfielder Thiago Souza on loan , as happened with defender Léo Pereira in 2016.(Translated from Portugese) Trétis (Brazil) Source Link
Febuary 6, 2019 Orlando City SC has waived defender RJ Allen ahead of the 2019 Major League Soccer season. Orlando City Press Release Source Link
January 26, 2019 Orlando City SC announces it has released second round MLS SuperDraft pick Tommy Madden ahead of the 2019 Major League Soccer season. Orlando City Press Release Source Link
January 16, 2019 Orlando City SC has signed defender Ruan to a one year contract ahead of the 2019 Major League Soccer (MLS) season. The 23-year-old right back comes to the United States from Brazil’s Série B. Orlando City Press Release Source Link
January 16, 2019 A club source confirmed striker Stéfano Pinho has been waived by Orlando City. ProSoccerUSA.com (Jordan Culver) Source Link
January 14, 2019 Orlando City has elected to pass on their fourth round pick, concluding the 2019 MLS #SuperDraft. Orlando City Source Link
January 14, 2019 Orlando City has selected Defender Scott DeVoss in the 3rd Round from the University of Denver. #VamosOrlando Orlando City Source Link
January 10, 2019 With the 38th selection in the 2019 MLS #SuperDraft presented by @adidassoccer, Orlando City has selected Tommy Madden. Orlando City Source Link
January 10, 2019 With the 3rd selection in the second round (27th overall) of the 2019 MLS #SuperDraft presented by @adidassoccer, Orlando City has selected Kamal Miller. Orlando City Source Link
January 10, 2019 With the 3rd overall selection in the 2019 MLS #SuperDraft presented by @adidassoccer, Orlando City has selected Santiago Patiño. Orlando City Source Link
January 10, 2019 Orlando City is on the verge of signing Brazilian right back Ruan, who played with Serie B side Ponte Preta recently. The Mane Land Source Link
January 10, 2019 Orlando City has stopped pursuing Diego as he seems content with Flamengo’s latest offer. Gustavo Zupak Source Link
January 10, 2019 Orlando City trades the top spot in the wavie​r order and two fourth round​ picks 75 & 94 for Minnesota United's fourth spot in the wavi​er order and their natural 2nd round pick in 2020. Minnesota signs Ozzie Orlando City Source Link
January 10, 2019 Orlando City SC has signed defender Alex De John to a one-year contract ahead of the 2019 Major League Soccer (MLS) season. The New Jersey native is returning to the states after six seasons playing overseas for top clubs in Norway, Sweden and Finland Orlando City Press Release Source Link
January 9, 2019 There has been no news on the Larin front. Since that is the case, the rumor is closed.
January 9, 2019 According to Cartolendas and confirmed by Marcello Góis, Orlando City is set to sign Ruan, a 23 year-old RB from Bara FC. The player was on loan with Ponte Preta in Brazil's second division. Cartolendas and Marcello Góis Source Link 1, Source Link 2
January 9, 2019 Flamengo has upped their offer to Diego to try and keep the player. He his considering staying instead of taking Orlando's offer Coluna do Flamengo Source Link
January 8, 2019 According to The Mane Land, the deal for Lubambo Musonda has fallen through. No other additonal information has been provided. The Mane Land Source Link
January 7, 2019 Ozzie Alonso is close to signing with Minnesota United with FC Cincinati right behind them. Orlando City appears to no longer be interested in Ozzie. Sam Stejskal Source Link
January 5, 2019 Orlando is about to acquire 23-year-old Ugandan midfielder Lubambo Musonda from Gandzasar. In Armenia since the 2014/15 season, he has played 131 games with 25 goals and 27 assists. 23 selections with Zambia, 2 goals. #MLS (Translated from French) Nilton Jorge (Twitter) Source Link
December 31, 2018 Orlando City SC has signed Montverde Academy graduate and former Orlando City Academy product Benji Michel ahead of the 2019 Major League Soccer Season (MLS), becoming the fifth Homegrown Player in Club history. Orlando City Press Release Source Link
December 29, 2018 According to mulitple sources (and confirmed by Jordan Culver) Benji Michel will be signing a HG deal with Orlando City. Michel has been playing with the Portland Pilots at the college level totaling 31 goals in 53 games. The Roar Pod, Lionsden, Eli Lesser (confirmed by Jordan Culver) Source Link
December 28, 2018 [In regards to target Diego Ribas da Cunha]Diego has it in hand, a 3-year contract offer from Orlando City. American Club is not willing to pay for the release. Either he gets a friendly hit with Flamengo, or Orlando will jump out of the bargain. ⚫🔴🇧🇷🇺🇸 #Flamengo #SRN #MaiorDoMundo #DiegoRibas #OrlandoCity (Translated from Portugese) @maiordomundocrf (Twitter) Source Link
December 28, 2018 Orlando City SC acquires defender Danilo Acosta on loan from Real Salt Lake with an option to make the transfer permanent at the end of the 2019 Major League Soccer (MLS) season, in exchange for $75,000 of General Allocation Money. Orlando City Press Release Source Link
December 28, 2018 Orlando City SC has signed Ecuadorian midfielder Jhegson Sebastián “Sebas” Méndez via transfer from Independiente del Valle of Ecuador’s Serie A. Orlando City Press Release Source Link
December 27, 2018 Orlando City SC has acquired $50,000 in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) for the 2019 season from Columbus Crew SC in exchange for the rights to goalkeeper Joe Bendik. Orlando City Press Release Source Link
December 27, 2018 Pikachu is still on the outs with his current club and is considering various teams including Orlando City. Esporte24horas Source Link
December 27, 2018 Orlando City is also working on a deal to acquire former #USMNT Under-20 left back Danilo Acosta from Real Salt Lake. Ives Galarcep Source Link
December 27, 2018 Orlando City SC has agreed to transfer midfielder Yoshimar Yotún to Liga MX’s Cruz Azul for an undisclosed amount. (Mods note: rumored to be 4 Million USD) Orlando City Press Release Source Link
December 27, 2018 Jhegson Mendez would go to @ OrlandoCitySC the @MLS , after the offer @atleticopr came too late. #IDV #Independente #OrlandoCity. (Translated from Spanish) Deportes Radio CRE (Ecuador) Source Link
December 27, 2018 #CONFIRMED @IDV_EC , transferred to #OrlandoCity of @MLS to Jhegson Sebastián Méndez.The Rayados, respected the player's will, despite having a proposal @athleticopr also stay with 30% of the pass, for future negotiation. Via @ FABIANGALLARDOM. (Translated from Spanish) Area Diportiva (Ecuador) Source Link
December 27, 2018 Too late came the offer of Atlético Paranaense by Sebastián Méndez player of Independiente Del Valle. The midfielder was transferred the week before to MLS and will play in Orlando City. (Translated from Spanish) Roberto Omar Machado (Twitter) Source Link
December 19, 2018 Orlando City SC has acquired a natural second round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft from D.C. United in exchange for the rights to goalkeeper Earl Edwards, Jr. Orlando City Press Release Source Link
December 19, 2018 After falling again in a Final, Cruz Azul is willing to do anything to face America , in the particular struggle of the 'greats' to get titles. For this reason, the celestial directive does not waste time and already tied its first reinforcement from abroad. It is the Peruvian national Yoshimar Yotún , who will arrive at La Noria from Orlando City of MLS, in exchange for 3.5 million dollars and a three-year contract. (Translated to English) Récord (Mexico) Source Link
December 19, 2018 Orlando City has ‘no intention’ of selling Yoshimar Yotún to Liga MX side Cruz Azul ProSoccerUSA.com (Jordan Culver) Source Link
December 19, 2018 Orlando City SC has signed back-to-back United Soccer League (USL) Champions goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh (ran-JET-sing) and defender Kyle Smith. Orlando City Press Release Source Link
December 18, 2018 Orlando City has reportedly allowed Cruz Azul to speak to the Peruvian. Carlos Ponce de León Source Link
December 18, 2018 Orlando City SC announces it has hired Luiz Muzzi as Executive Vice President of Soccer Operations. Muzzi (moo-zee) will be in Orlando on Monday, Dec. 24. Orlando City Press Release Source Link
December 14, 2018 Orlando City left back Donny Toia is headed back to Real Salt Lake. Toia, 26, was taken in Stage 1 of the MLS Re-Entry draft on Friday. ProSoccerUSA.com (Jordan Culver) Source Link
December 12, 2018 Orlando City SC has traded midfielder Tony Rocha to New York City FC in exchange for a 2019 MLS SuperDraft fourth round pick Orlando City Press Release Source Link
December 11, 2018 Orlando City SC has acquired a natural fourth round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for defender Amro Tarek. Orlando City Press Release Source Link
December 11, 2018 Orlando City SC has announced the acquisition of defender João Moutinho from Los Angeles Football Club, in exchange for defender Mohamed El-Munir. Orlando City Press Release Source Link
December 11, 2018 According Yallakora, Tarek has told them that the club has sold him and the announcement is coming today. Yallakora Source Link
December 9, 2018 Orlando City sends Victor ‘PC’ Giro to Vancouver in exchange for 2019 third-round SuperDraft pick ProSoccerUSA.com (Jordan Culver) Source Link
December 9, 2018 Orlando City acquires forward Tesho Akindele from FC Dallas for TAM and GAM ProSoccerUSA.com (Jordan Culver) Source Link
December 9, 2018 Hearing that Orlando City is trading Mohamed El-Munir to LAFC for Joao Moutinho. The Mane Land Source Link
December 5, 2018 Pikachu has been coveted by many teams but it's rumored that OCSC is in the lead. The 26 year-old attacking player has had one of the best seasons of his career and has been seen in the US recently. UOL Esporte Source Link-Shout out to logjam13 for the news.
December 5, 2018 Per a report from Fox Brazil, Diego does not want to continue with Flamengo and is speaking with OCSC. The players contract is up in the summer. Fox Brazil Source Link-Shout out to logjam13 for the news.
December 5, 2018 Orlando City are set to add Head of Soccer Operations from FC Dallas, Luiz Muzzi. ESPNFC Source Link
November 27, 2018 Orlando City SC Announces 2018 End-of-Season Roster Update Orlando City declines options for eight players Orlando City Source Link
November 23, 2018 Per a report from Seattle-based Futbol MLS reporter Niko Moreno, Orlando City is among the clubs interested in signing Alonso. Expansion club FC Cincinnati, mentioned in the initial report, denied pursuing the Cuban midfielder. MLSSoccer.com Source Link
November 2, 2018 According to Haber Turk, Cyle Larin has fallen out of favor with Besiktas and is frustrated with his lack of playing time for the Turkish club. The article goes on to say that Larin has been entertaining a move back to MLS and has been speaking with his old club Orlando City. Haber Turk Source Link
November 2, 2018 Sam Stejskal reports on twitter "Kljestan, Dwyer, Sane, Johnson among those w/ guaranteed contracts for 2019. Rosell, Spector among those w/ club options." Stekskal also says in the tweet that a full article is coming. Sam Stejskal (via Twitter) Source Link
November 1, 2018 A new training facility was announced by the club. The new training complex will be housed in Osceola County, a change from the original plans of having a training complex in Lake Nona. The complex is set to open July 2019. Orlando City Press Release Source Link
October 31, 2018 Orlando City find their Director of Scouting as former Columbus Crew man Ricardo Moreira joins the club. Moreira was the head of player recruitment and the international relations manager for the Crew. Moreira has many ties to Brazil and will be reporting directly to Niki Budalić. Prosoccerusa.com (Jordan Culver) Source Link
October 29, 2018 Orlando City loses it's VP of Human Resources as Dennis Sprenkle is headed to Inter Miami CF. Dennis has been with the club for four and a half years. Mlssoccer.com Source Link

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Winter 2017/2018 Transfer Window Megathread

This thread is all things transfers: Players in, Players out, Players loans expiring or being loaned out, and the best part player rumors. If you have any information feel free to share and we can add it on here. Feel free to post articles, tweets, and any other information about transfers, we are expecting big changes to the squad and we want to make sure that you all know about them. This is the one-stop shop for all transfer news!
Shout out to all_ears_over_here for helping design this thread.

First Team Changes

OFFICIAL ARRIVALS

Purchased

Player Pos Age Nationality Fee ($) Former Team Contract Length Source
Lamine Sane CB 30 Senegal Free Werder Breman 2+1 Option Source
Justin Meram F/W 29 Iraq $1.05 Million GAM/TAM + INT spot Columbus Crew 3 years remaining Source
Chris Mueller F/M 21 United States Draft Pick Wisconsin 3 years Source
Cam Lindley CM 20 United States 100k TAM Chicago Fire HG 4 years Source
José Colmán AM 19 Paraguyan $3 Million Cerro Porteño 5 Years Source
Adam Grinwis GK 25 United States Free Transfer St Louis FC 2 years Source
Sacha Kljestan AM 32 US Traded from NYRB NYRB 2 years Source
Mohamed El Munir LB 25 Libyan Free Transfer FK Partizan Belgrade 3 years + team option Source
José Villarreal AM/F 24 US Traded for, with a 2019 3rd round draft pick LA Galaxy 1 year remaining Source
RJ Allen FB 27 US Traded for with a 2018 3rd round draft pick NYCFC 1 year remaining Source
Stefano Pinho ST 26 Brazilian Free Miami FC 3 years Source
Dillion Powers M 26 US Re-signed Orlando City 2 years + team option Source

Loaned In

Player Pos Age Nationality Fee ($) Team Loan Length
Amro Tarek CB/LB 25 US/Egyptian Free Wadi Degla FC One year with an option to buy
OFFICIAL DEPARTURES

Sold/Released*

Player Pos Fee ($) To
Rafael Ramos RB Traded in MLS Chicago in exchange for Cam Lindley
Carlos Rivas ST/LW Traded in MLS NYRB-Traded in a deal for Sacha Kljestan
Tommy Redding CB Traded in MLS NYRB-Traded in a deal for Sacha Kljestan
Antonio Nocerino CM Option Not Exercised Free Agency
Kaka CAM Out of Contract Announced retirement
Josh Saunders GK Option Not Exercised Free Agency
Seb Hines CB Option Not Exercised Free Agency
Conor Donovan CB Option Not Exercised Rio Grande Valley FC Toros
Servando Carrasco CDM Option Not Exercised LA Galaxy via Re-Entry Draft
Giles Barnes CAM/ST Option Not Exercised Club León
Hadji Barry ST Option Not Exercised Swope Park Rangers
Kevin Alston FB Out of Contract Free Agency
Devron Garcia CB/CDM Out of Contract Free Agency
*Not all releases are final, the club could bring players back on a new deal.

Loaned Out

Player Pos Age Fee ($) Loan To League
N/a

End of Loan

Player Pos Age Back To Length GP G A
Leo Pereira CB 21 Atético Paranaense 12 Months 11 0 0

Rumors

Rumored Arrivals
Hatem Ben Afra-Attacking Midfielder
Date Rumor Source Source Link
Jan 29. No new news linking him to Orlando City. Trail has gone cold.
Dec. 15th Leicester City has now entered the race for HBA targeting a summer transfer, Orlando City appears to be out of the race at the moment soccer24.com Source Link
Oct. 23rd LAFC and Orlando City are interested in PSG's Hatem Ben Arfa as his contract with the club ends in January MSGNetworks Source Link
Gregory Sertic-Center back
Date Rumor Source Source Link
Jan. 22 Sertic says he will remain with his current team as he comes back into the team after injury. No move to MLS at the time. Mercato 365 Source Link
Dec. 19th Marseille are leaning towards separating with Sertic at the end of this month due to the depth they have at his position om-marseillais13.com Source Link
Dec. 9th Sertic again has strong ties to Orlando City but says he has no desire to start right now he wishes to heal. He will be out of contract in Janurary. om-marseillais13.com Source Link
Oct. 25th According to L'Equipe, the 28-year-old midfielder could fly to the United States, where Orlando City, a resident of the MLS, would be very interested in his services. BeIN Sports Source Link
Jo Inge Berget-Forward/Midfielder
Date Rumor Source Source Link
Jan. 19th Berget signs with NYCFC NYCFC Source Link
Dec. 14th Brøndby, Danish Club, is interested in Berget's services as well. No report as to whether an offer has been sent to him or not. 3point.dk Source Link
Oct. 29th Berget in talks to join Orlando City on a Free Transfer KvällsPosten Source Link
Kenny Cooper-Forward
Date Rumor Source Source Link
Oct. 30th Cooper was on trial with the team while they prepared for the friendly against PR Orlando Soccer Journal Source Link
Robinho-Foward/Winger
Date Rumor Source Source Link
Nov. 9th Alicia DelGallo reports the club is NOT interested in Robinho, stating the club says "No chance" Alicia DelGallo-Orlando Sentinel Source Link
Nov. 6th Orlando City is willing to hire Robinho to replace Kaka, Robinho would take a pay cut. Yahoo Esportes Source Link
Stefano Pinho-Forward-SIGNED!
Date Rumor Source Source Link
Dec. 18th Pinho signs for Orlando City Club Statement Source Link
Dec. 12th Pinho was close to signing with Orlando City until Real Valladolid (Liga 2 side) expressed interest. No offer has been made to Pinho from that club and the Orlando City deal is still on the table. Pucela Fichajes Source Link
Nov. 20th According to Paul Tenrio "Orlando City is among the teams with interest in the Miami FC striker, according to one source with knowledge of the situation." Four Four Two Source Link
Giorgian De Arrascaeta-Attacking Midfielder
Date Rumor Source Source Link
Jan 29th He has been linked to Boca Juniors but does not want to move before the World Cup. Trail has gone cold for Orlando City.
Dec. 15th De Arrascarta has received an offer from a Chinese Super League side for 9 million euros. No additional offer from Orlando City Nicola Cruzeiro Source Link
Nov. 21st Orlando City bid $7 million for Arrascaeta which was then rejected by Cruzeiro Globo Source Link
Manuel Vargas-Defensive Midfielder
Date Rumor Source Source Link
Jan. 19th Vargas signed with San Fransisco FC. Twitter
Dec. 6th Orlando City is in on Manuel Vargas, one of many options for the CDM/CB Tv Max Source Link
Everton Luíz-Defensive Midfielder
Date Rumor Source Source Link
Jan. 19th Luiz signs with SPAL Calcio Slavo Source Link
Jan. 13th Article revolving around another player on Partizan Belgrade, stated that Luíz was still linked to Orlando City. He is also linked to SPAL and stayed out of training because he wants to be moved. Nebojša Marković Source Link
Dec. 9th Defensive Mid, Everton Luiz, has been linked to Orlando City. Contract expires in Summer but could be here sooner. Calcio Mercato Source Link
Jonatan Maidana-Center back
Date Rumor Source Source Link
Jan. 29th UPDATE: Orlando City has appeared to move on to other candidates for Center back.
Dec. 14th Orlando City has put in an offer for Maidana, after following him for a few months El Dia Source Link
Dec. 12th Centerback Jonatan Maidana of River Plate has caught the eye of Orlando City Gustavo Yarroch Source Link
Josue Colman-Attacking MidfieldeWinger-SIGNED!
Date Rumor Source Source Link
Jan. 5th Josué Colmán has signed his papers to join Orlando City on a 5 year deal. He is expected to be in town by Thursday. Wilson González Source Link-shout out to logjam13
Dec. 24th There is a total agreement between Cerro Porteño and Orlando City for Josue Colman. This week he will be flying to Orlando to get a physical and then sign his contract. Daniel Maciel/Salvador Hicar Source Link 1 Source Link 2
Dec. 20th Cerro Porteño will sell Colman to Orlando City for 3.5 million, getting 80% of the player. Markos González Source Link
Dec. 19th Orlando City ups there offer to the asking price of 3.5 million for Colman, sides are very close according to reports Cerro Porteño 1912 Source Link
Dec. 18th Orlando City the only bid for Colman, number is lower then Cerro Porteño wants. Negotiations to come. Orlando City bid 2.5 million to the club Daniel Maciel Source Link 1 Source Link 2-shout out to thatdude2495
Dec. 16th Orlando City is in for Josue Colman apparently beating out Anderlecht in a bidding war. Should see something finalizing next week Fùtbol a lo grande Source Link 1, Source Link 2
Sacha Kljestan-Attacking Midfielder-SIGNED!
Date Rumor Source Source Link
Jan. 2nd Jeff Carlisle reports deal is done. Orlando sends Redding and Rivas to NYRB for Sacha and 150k in TAM Jeff Carlisle Source Link
Dec. 30th NYRB and Orlando City are putting the final touches on a Sacha deal. Pierre Da Silva is not on the table to trade. Jeff Rueter Source Link
Dec. 27th Jeff Rueter reports "#MLS sources telling me that #RBNY are "finalizing" a trade to send Sacha Kljestan to #VamosOrlando. Kljestan had been linked to #LAFC and #MNUFC earlier this window." Jeff Rueter Source Link
Guilherme Costa-Midfielder
Date Rumor Source Source Link
Feb. 2nd No new news linking him to Orlando City. Trail has gone cold.
Jan. 13th Orlando City has been linked to Guilherme Costa, 23 year-old midfielder who plays for Vasco Da Gama. The offer was good for the club but Costa wants to stay with Vasco for the time being. Negotiations are ongoing. Lucas Pedrosa Source Link
Nemanja R. Miletić-Center back
Date Rumor Source Source Link
Feb. 2nd No new news linking him to Orlando City. Trail has gone cold.
Jan. 13th Orlando City bid $800k euros for the 26-year-old CB with Partizan Belgrade. The club turned down the bid because of how vital a piece Miletić is for the squad. Negotiations are on going. Nebojša Marković Source Link
Cam Lindley-SIGNED!
Date Rumor Source Source Link
Jan. 13th As reported by Paul Tenorio, Chicago Fire have agreed in principle to a trade sending HG rights for Cam Lindley to Orlando City in exchange for Rafa Ramos and allocation money. Lindley would still have to sign a contract with Orlando City. Paul Tenorio Source Link
Justin Meram-SIGNED!
Date Rumor Source Source Link
Jan. 29th Orlando City trade for Meram sending 1.05 Million and an international roster slot to Columbus for the winger. Jeff Carlisle and Paul Tenorio Source Link
Jan. 15th Meram is linked to Portland and SKC as potential spots. The money/trade assets are not near where Columbus wants it to be. Sam Stejskal Source Link
Jan. 5th Justin Meram and Ola Kamara ask Columbus Crew to trade them elsewhere. There appear to be multiple reasons why they want to be dealt but one revolves around the idea that Columbus could move. Sam Stejskal Source Link
Rumored Departures

Cyle Larin-SOLD!

Date Rumor Source Source Link
Jan. 13th This day has been crazy so I will do my best to summarize. This morning, Besiktas posted on twitter a photo of Cyle Larin in a Besiktas jersey and going through a medical exam. The caption under the photo said "Transfer negotiations started on Cyle Larin". Orlando City Twitter was saying it's goodbyes as turkish media were reporting that Larin's deal was done and he was with the team (many citing he was coming on a free transfer). Orlando City jumped in and said no such thing has occurred, Larin is under contract for this season, and the club would be taking action against the turkish club. The club has since hired a lawyer to fight this move and has claimed that Larin signed an agreement stating he was aware of his options and that they were contractually binding. More to this story will be on going. Alicia DelGallo Source Link
Dec. 30th According to The Sun: Leeds, Beskitas, and Monchengladbach are all in for Cyle Larin. Monchengladbach is believed to be the front runner for Larin. The Sun Source Link *warning this site could be unreliable.
Dec. 21st In an interview with Totera, Niki said the club asked Larin to be patient until this window and will be open to listening to any offer that comes in for the striker. Red Card Source Link
Dec. 18th Orlando City and Besiktas agree on a principal deal. Details coming soon. Sercan Dikme Source Link
Nov. 21st According to MLS Transfers: West Brom, Celtic and Turkish sides are interested in Larin. If West Brom were to pick him up he would be loaned to Belgium or Holland. MLS Transfers Source Link
Oct. 25th Cyle Larin says he's ready to go play in Europe saying that it is the right time for him to go Orlando Sentinel Source Link

Cristian Higuita

Date Rumor Source Source Link
Feb. 2nd No new news linking him to a departure. Trail has gone cold.
Dec. 19th El Deportivo claims that Higuita will be loaned to Millonarious FC for the year though the Colombian would be out of contract by the end of 2018. El Deportivo Source Link
Dec. 18th Alargue Caracol claims that Millonarios FC is in for Higuita. No other details were given besides the fact that Higuita has been linked to them. Alargue Caracol Source Link-Shout out to derpface13

Updates by date

  • Oct. 23rd-LAFC and Orlando City are interested in PSG's Hatem Ben Arfa as his contract with the club ends in January
  • Oct. 25th-According to L'Equipe, the 28-year-old midfielder Gregory Sertic could go to the United States, where Orlando City, a resident of the MLS, would be very interested in his services.
  • Oct. 29th-Berget in talks to join Orlando City on a Free Transfer
  • Oct. 30th-Cooper was on trial with the team while they prepared for the friendly against PR
  • Nov. 6th-Orlando City is willing to hire Robinho to replace Kaka, Robinho would take a pay cut.
  • Nov. 9th-Alicia DelGallo reports the club is NOT interested in Robinho, stating the club says "No chance"
  • Nov. 20th-According to Paul Tenrio "Orlando City is among the teams with interest in the Miami FC striker Pinho, according to one source with knowledge of the situation."
  • Nov. 21st-Orlando City bid $7 million for Arrascaeta which was then rejected by Cruzeiro
  • Dec. 6th-Orlando City is in on Manuel Vargas, one of many options for the CDM/CB
  • Dec. 9th-Sertic again has strong ties to Orlando City but says he has no desire to start right now he wishes to heal. He will be out of contract in January
  • Dec. 9th-Defensive Mid, Everton Luiz, has been linked to Orlando City. Contract expires in Summer but could be here sooner.
  • Dec. 12th-Pinho was close to signing with Orlando City until Real Valladolid (Liga 2 side) expressed interest. No offer has been made to Pinho from that club and the Orlando City deal is still on the table.
  • Dec. 12th-Centerback Jonatan Maidana of River Plate has caught the eye of Orlando City
  • Dec. 14th-Orlando City has put in an offer for Maidana, after following him for a few months. Figure is unknown at this time.
  • Dec. 14th-Brøndby, Danish Club, is interested in Berget's services as well. No report as to whether an offer has been sent to him or not.
  • Dec. 15th-Leicester City has now entered the race for Hatem Ben Arfa targeting a summer transfer, Orlando City appears to be out of the race at the moment
  • Dec. 15th-De Arrascarta has received an offer from a Chinese Super League side for 9 million euros. No additional offer from Orlando City
  • Dec. 16th-Orlando City is in for Josue Colman apparently beating out Anderlecht in a bidding war. Should see something finalizing next week
  • Dec. 18th-Pinho signs for Orlando City as well as RJ Allen. Club also re-signs Dillion Powers.
  • Dec. 18th-Orlando City the only bid for Colman, number is lower then Cerro Porteño wants. Negotiations to come.
  • Dec. 18th-Orlando City and Besiktas agree on a principal deal to deal Cyle Larin to the Turkish side. Details coming soon.
  • Dec. 19th-Orlando City ups there offer to the asking price of 3.5 million for Colman, sides are very close according to reports
  • Dec. 19th-El Deportivo claims that Higuita will be loaned to Millonarious FC for the year though the Colombian would be out of contract by the end of 2018.
  • Dec. 19th-Marseille are leaning towards separating with Sertic at the end of this month due to the depth they have at his position
  • Dec. 20th-Cerro Porteño will sell Colman to Orlando City for 3.5 million, getting 80% of the player.
  • Dec. 21st-In an interview with Totera, Niki said the club asked Larin to be patient until this window and will be open to listening to any offer that comes in for the striker.
  • Dec. 24th-There is a total agreement between Cerro Porteño and Orlando City for Josue Colman. This week he will be flying to Orlando to get a physical and then sign his contract.
  • Dec. 27th- Jeff Rueter reports "#MLS sources telling me that #RBNY are "finalizing" a trade to send Sacha Kljestan to #VamosOrlando. Kljestan had been linked to #LAFC and #MNUFC earlier this window."
  • Jan. 2nd-Jeff Carlisle reports deal is done. Orlando sends Redding and Rivas to NYRB for Sacha and 150k in TAM
  • Jan. 5th-Orlando City signs Adam Grinwis, GK from St. Louis FC. Free transfer.
  • Jan. 5th-Josué Colmán has signed his papers to join Orlando City on a 5 year deal. He is expected to be in town by Thursday.
  • Jan. 5th-Justin Meram and Ola Kamara ask Columbus Crew to trade them elsewhere. There appear to be multiple reasons why they want to be dealt but one revolves around the idea that Columbus could move.
  • Jan. 13th-This day has been crazy so I will do my best to summarize. This morning, Besiktas posted on twitter a photo of Cyle Larin in a Besiktas jersey and going through a medical exam. The caption under the photo said "Transfer negotiations started on Cyle Larin". Orlando City Twitter was saying it's goodbyes as turkish media were reporting that Larin's deal was done and he was with the team (many citing he was coming on a free transfer). Orlando City jumped in and said no such thing has occurred, Larin is under contract for this season, and the club would be taking action against the turkish club. The club has since hired a lawyer to fight this move and has claimed that Larin signed an agreement stating he was aware of his options and that they were contractually binding. More to this story will be on going.
  • Jan. 13th-Orlando City has been linked to Guilherme Costa, 23 year-old midfielder who plays for Vasco Da Gama. The offer was good for the club but Costa wants to stay with Vasco for the time being. Negotiations are ongoing.
  • Jan. 13th-Article revolving around another player on Partizan Belgrade, stated that Luíz was still linked to Orlando City. He is also linked to SPAL and stayed out of training because he wants to be moved.
  • Jan. 13th-Orlando City bid $800k euros for the 26-year-old Nemanja R. Mimetic, a CB with Partizan Belgrade. The club turned down the bid because of how vital a piece Miletić is for the squad. Negotiations are on going.
  • Jan. 13th-As reported by Paul Tenorio, Chicago Fire have agreed in principle to a trade sending HG rights for Cam Lindley to Orlando City in exchange for Rafa Ramos and allocation money. Lindley would still have to sign a contract with Orlando City.
  • Jan. 15th-Meram is linked to Portland and SKC as potential spots. The money/trade assets are not near where Columbus wants it to be.
  • Jan. 18th-Vargas signed with San Fransisco FC.
  • Jan. 19th-Berget signs with NYCFC.
  • Jan. 19th-Luiz signs with SPAL.
  • Jan. 19th-Orlando City selects Chris Mueller with the 6th pick overall in the draft. Mueller is a F/M out of Wisconsin.
  • Jan. 29th-Orlando City trade for Meram sending 1.05 Million and an international roster slot to Columbus for the winger.
  • Feb. 2nd-Orlando City acquire Amro Tarek from Wadi Degla FC on a year loan with an option to buy at the end of the loan.
  • Feb. 19th-Orlando City sign Lamine Sane on a free. Werder Bremen released the CB after he didn't show up to training a few weeks ago due to an unreported illness and some other issues with the club.
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