Sacramento Republic Files Lawsuit Against Alleged Orlando City Spy

The Sacramento Republic has filed a complaint with the US Soccer Federation alleging an Orlando City SC staff member was spying on their training session ahead of Wednesday’s US Open Cup final, multiple sources said. at ESPN.

ESPN television analyst Taylor Twellman was the first to report news of the staff member’s presence at Sacramento training and that the United States Soccer Federation, which is hosting the tournament, is aware of the situation.

A USSF spokesperson added that the Federation was “investigating the matter” and confirmed that a USSF camera crew had footage of the incident.

Orlando said in a statement that “the club has been made aware of the matter regarding the Sacramento training session and is cooperating with US Soccer.”

The Orlando staffer, who sources tell ESPN has acknowledged by a Republic equipment manager as having a connection to Orlando manager Oscar Pareja, has been repeatedly asked to leave the over a period of 30 to 45 minutes. The staff member insisted he was there to meet a friend who was coaching at a nearby pitch. Republic personnel even went so far as to park two vans in front of the individual to obscure his view of the training, only to have him moved to another location before eventually leaving.

A source from the Orlando club confirmed the staff member was present, but said there was ‘no coordinated effort’ for the individual to observe practice and the staff member provided no no information.

The incident happened Monday at Central Winds Park, a public park in the suburb of Winter Springs, Florida. In an effort to gain some privacy, Republic had opted out of training at the Orlando Training Center, but then had difficulty finding another location to train, and so was forced to train in the park.

Even if the presence of the Orlando staff member and his motivation to attend the Sacramento practice session is confirmed, it is unclear what sanctions the USSF may impose. The USSF Open Cup Open Division Handbook does not strictly prohibit what happened on Monday, but there is an Arbitration and Discipline Committee that handles protests and general discipline.

Section 306 of the manual states: “Anyone may file a complaint with the Panel about an action or inaction of a team, individual, group or organization of the Open Cup participating in the Open Cup competition The Panel will determine whether the conduct complained of is or would be contrary to the good of the game. involved in the complaint, as provided in paragraph (c) of this section.

The handbook adds: “Except for voiding the results of a match or forcing a replay of a match, the Panel may take any action it deems appropriate, including suspension or fine, or both, for any matter the Panel may only consider requiring a replay of a match or advancing a losing team if a protest has been filed. where a team submits a protest to the commissioner after the deadline has expired in the event that the circumstances regarding the availability of information after the deadline justify such discretion.”

The two teams are each aiming for their first USOC crown, with Sacramento, which plays in the second-tier USL Championship, aiming to become the first non-MLS team to win the trophy since 1999, when the then-A Rochester Rhinos -league, won the title over the Colorado Rapids.


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