Los Angeles Soccer: Orlando City FC

One Griffin scores, another set for debut

April, 12, 2011
Orlando City FC claimed its first victory in the USL Pro league, thanks to two goals from Maxwell Griffin.

The former UCLA star, who prepped at Littlerock High School and scored in the 43rd and 7st minutes for the Floridians (1-1-0) in a 3-0 romp over visiting FC New York.

Griffin's brother, Leonard -- also a Littlerock and UCLA alum -- sees his first action in the new league when the L.A. Blues open their campaign Friday at Sevilla FC Puerto Rico, the first of four games in eight days in the Caribbean. Leonard Griffin likely will start at right back for the Blues.

The Griffin brothers were together last year with the Austin Axtex in the USSF D2 Pro League. Austin's owners moved the club to Orlando during the offseason.

There are a number of players with local connections in USL Pro, which is a third-division league:
  • Charlotte Eagles goalkeeper Eric Reed (Laguna Hills/Laguna Hills HS and UCLA), a former U.S. youth national-teamer who spent four seasons with La Mirada-based USL Premier Development League club Southern California Seahorses.

  • Harrisburg (Pa.) City Islanders midfielder Jeritt Thayer (Newport Beach/Corona del Mar HS), an Irvine Strikers alum.

  • FC New York goalkeeper Derby Carrillo (La Mirada/St. John Bosco HS and Cal State Dominguez Hills) and defender/midfielder Troy Cole (Laguna Hills/Laguna Hills HS and Irvine Valley College).

  • Rochester Rhinos midfielder/forward Anthony Hamilton (Colton/Colton HS and UC Irvine) and midfielder Darren Spicer (Diamond Bar/Diamond Bar HS), who played for Chivas USA, and midfielder Carlos Aguilar (Palmdale/Palmdale HS and Taft College/UC Irvine).

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