Preparing for the I-4 Derby
Check out how the OC fans have been prepping for the I-4 Derby presented by United World Soccer
For Head Coach Adrian Heath and the players, having a weekend off from league-play typically means additional training.
For the supporters, it’s no different.
Prior to departing for Dallas this week, the Lions held a training session on Saturday morning for final preparations ahead of their two-game road trip against F.C. Dallas Reserves and OKC Energy FC.
Seems pretty standard, huh?
Except this training session featured a mini match-day environment, as a large number of fans ventured to the team’s training facility to display to the squad how much a win over the Rowdies would mean to them.
With the second annual I-4 Derby, presented by United World Soccer, less than a week away, it’s safe to say that excitement for the match has already begun brewing within the supporter groups.
Upon arrival at Seminole Soccer Complex, the fans draped the fence bordering the practice field with banners stating “Beating the Rowdies > The League.” They also sang match-day songs for the entire session and covered the grounds in smoke as the Lions began to cool down.
Because with the club winning every possible USL PRO title in the past three years, there’s nothing else the supporters would want to accomplish more than handing their most hated rival two losses en route to the big leagues.
Meanwhile, according to a source, the Ralph’s Mob have begun their own planning for the I-4 Derby match, presented by United World Soccer. Rumor has it, they’ve started a fight club to put on a better show in the stands after last year’s entertaining heavy-weight bout during the home leg at the Citrus Bowl.
The Mob could not be reached for a comment.
Tickets for this year’s home leg on Wednesday, April 30, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex are limited but are still available for purchase.