Orlando City manager Adrian Heath spoke to Premier League side Everton F.C.’s website in a video debuted today. (video link requires free registration; they have USMNT members Tim Howard and Landon Donovan, so it’s okay)
The Lions’ manager was a midfielder for the People’s Club throughout the 1980s, and has an impressive resume. He help them to First Division titles in 1985 and 1987 (runners-up in 1986), the FA Cup in 1984 (runners-up in 1985 and 1986), the Charity Shield in FOUR STRAIGHT YEARS (1984-87), and the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup (predecessor to the modern UEFA Europa League) in 1985. They were also runners-up in the League Cup (currently the Carling Cup) in 1984, and also in the one-off Football League Super Cup in 1986.
After reflecting on visiting his old stomping grounds, which were recently renewed when he first got there and have been upgraded recently, he talked about his place in the U.S. He made it clear that Orlando City wants to be in MLS in 2014. Which, right now, would mean team #20. He specifically mentioned the visit MLS has planned in late February.
He also said the team’s new HQ is by a pub whose owner supports Everton, so he’s been getting a lot of free food lately. He also noted that Orlando is very rich in Premier League fans, and he’s found plenty of Everton fans in particular