There are 40 days between the first day of the 2015 MLS playoffs on October 28 and the MLS championship on December 6. Orlando City may not be in the playoffs this year, but I thought it would be a good opportunity to reflect on the year that was 2015 and the highs and lows. In addition, I'll be including my evaluation of each player from the first team roster.
Day 9: Servando Carrasco (Mr. Alex Morgan) 2015 in Review
Over the next few days, I'll review the season statistics for each player on the 2015 Orlando City first team. We'll look at some key metrics, key moments, and my expectations for 2016. These posts are in alphabetical order, so next up is Servando Carrasco.
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2015 Summary: Orlando City acquired Carrasco in a trade with Sporting KC that also saw Amobi Okugo leave Orlando City. And when the trade was announced, I know I'm not the only fan or blogger who realized that Phil and Flavio were tipping their hand that they wanted a professional women's team in Orlando as well. I sincerely meant it as admiration and an "atta boy" salute, and I couldn't help myself from referring to Carrasco as "Mr. Alex Morgan" to all my friends. But Carrasco immediately showed his good form and began contributing on the pitch the first game after the trade, and I knew then that we were getting two great players for our city in one convenient household.
I'm thrilled that Orlando City was able to pull off this trade and was able to get the NWSL team launched. Since both Mr. Carrasco and Ms. Morgan have to travel so much for their respective careers, it's great that they now have one city that they can live and train in together and call their professional "home base."
2016 Prediction: After going through all the trouble to acquire Carrasco, and after Alex Morgan's comments that living in the same city as her husband was one reason for joining the Orlando Pride, you can pretty much guarantee that Carrasco will be with Orlando City's first team next season. And I think he deserves the position. He showed great energy and added a nice spark to the team when he played in 2015, and I look forward to seeing more of that next season.
What about you? What are your predictions for Servando Carrasco for next season? Do you expect to see him as a regular starter or as one of the super subs for the team? Let me know in the comments below!