The Expansion Team Blues

Into every phase of life there will be adversity. It happens with health, marriage, school, career, and yes--it happens for fans, too.

For fans of the Florida Gators football team, that adversity was Will Muschamp. For fans of Orlando City, the first true taste of adversity in the entire history of the club is coming in the second half of the 2015 season. After truly defying the expectations of everyone outside the Orlando City front offices and climbing as high as 2nd on the table in the East in June, the team have gone into a slow season-ending death spiral as July turned to August and August has given way to September. 

Any of us sitting off the pitch and not privy to team meetings or  internal front office discussions really have nothing to offer for the turn of events other than opinions, and in my opinion, it's been a combination of injuries, lack of quality depth (as one should expect in a team with so many young players), and perhaps missing Taylor Swift on the sidelines for each training session that has led us here.

The mark and the quality of a fan base is not measured in whether or not you avoid adversity--it is impossible to avoid all adversity (just ask Baylor fan after they got smacked down in the Fiesta Bowl by UCF a couple of years ago) -- rather it is how you face adversity when it happens. I've decided to write a song. Now I need to go find a band to play it.

The Expansion Team Blues

My woman done left me
Got a hole in my shoes
But that ain't nothin' Baby,
I've got the expansion team blues.
Watching Orlando City
Gives me the expansion team blues.

Molino went down in a friendly,
Then Brek Shea got injured, too.
And Kaka was called up to his country
What's a fan in purple to do?
Oh! Watching Orlando City
Gives me the expansion team blues.

[harmonica solo]

Three points and three points is six
Six points and three more is nine
But at the rate this club is going
That'll take 'til the end of time!
Oh! Watching Orlando City
Gives me the expansion team blues.

Cyle Larin shows flashes of brilliance
And Rivas' best days are ahead
But sometimes when it comes to game day
I wish I never got out of bed!
Oh! Watching Orlando City
Gives me the expansion team blues.

Now everyone loves Phil Rawlins
And we're all fans of Inchy, too
But can't you guys go and sign Messi
Or Neymar to cure these blues?
Oh! Watching Orlando City
Gives me the expansion team blues.

When you cut me I'll still bleed purple
Like the Ruckus and ILF too
But I'm losing the rest of my hair now
Whoa, what's a fan to do?
Oh! Watching Orlando City
Gives me the expansion team blues.

I said watching Orlando City
Gives me the expansion team blues.