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USL champion soccer club Sacramento Republic FC alleges that a staff member of Major League Soccer club Orlando City SC spied on their practice session on Monday.
ESPN’s Republic facilities manager Jeff Carlisle noticed that the Orlando City staff worked for Orlando manager Óscar Pareja man, he was repeatedly asked to leave the venue but was refused 30 to 45 minutes because he said he was here to meet During a training session at Central Wind Park in Winter Springs, Florida, the Republic staffer reportedly moved two vans in front of the Orlando staffer to block his view, but before the staffer finally left moved.
The alleged incident happened just days before Sacramento and Orlando were scheduled to meet in the U.S. Open Championship final in Orlando on Wednesday .
A USSF spokesman said the governing body was “investigating” the situation and confirmed a USSF camera crew The incident was captured on camera. Meanwhile, Orlando Manchester City issued a statement saying, “The club has been informed about the Sacramento training session and has Working with the U.S. Soccer Association.” A source in Orlando City told Carlisle that the staff member had not reported any concerns to the club. information on exercises, and “there was no concerted effort” for staff to participate in exercises.
It is unclear if the Orlando staff will face any disciplinary action, as the USSF Open Cup Open Division Handbook does not specify Explaining what happened was illegal, especially since the practice happened when Sacramento refused to practice in a park at a training facility in Orlando, hoping to find a more private location.
The handbook does give Sacramento the right to file a complaint, at which point it will be up to the U.S. Soccer Association to decide the penalties for Orlando ,if so. Not surprisingly, the US Open has been largely dominated by MLS clubs for years because It is the top league in American football.
MLS teams first entered the tournament in 1996, and an MLS team has won the tournament every year since 2000. The last non-MLS club to win the U.S. Open was the Rochester Rhinos in the now-defunct A-League in 1999, when they beat the MLS club Colorado Rapids in the final.
Sacramento has accomplished a lot, becoming the first non-MLS team to reach the U.S. finals since Open Cup since Charleston Battery in 2008. While the Republic was considered a name with a relatively out of reach chance of winning the Tour, they stunned in San Jose Earthquakes, LA Galaxy and Kansas City Athletics are the final MLS clubs. Orlando City is looking to win its first U.S. Open Cup, but in each of the past two seasons During the season, it made the MLS playoffs for the first time in the club’s history, which means the 2015 MLS expansion team has been gaining momentum.