The Lions have enjoyed a solid start to life as a new MLS Expansion Franchise and currently sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference after four matches.
They face another tough test on Friday as they host last season’s Eastern Conference winners, DC United on the brand new purple surface, and head coach Adrian Heath thinks the coloured pitch could give them a major advantage against opponents this season.
“Our players will be virtually camouflaged against the pitch making it difficult for the opposition to spot them making runs. Imagine Kaká slipping into the box unnoticed and unmarked. Lethal,” Heath said.
Orlando City are the first MLS side to wear purple kits and they have entered the league looking to do things differently, something club founder and president, Phil Rawlins is proud of.
“I mean, purple is really our thing, man. We’ve painted the City purple, served purple beer at our parties, and even had purple sand at our groundbreaking – this is really just the next progression in our mission to make everything purple.”
The surface may be purple but it is made from 100% grass and Dr. Chris Jones from TurfRite Labs –the laboratory who manufactured the pitch – thinks it will be perfect for soccer.
“When Phil Rawlins first approached us about growing purple grass we thought he was crazy. But it turns out not only was it possible, it actually has properties which make it perfect for bounce, performance and durability.”
The purple pitch at the Orlando Citrus Bowl is of course a fantastic April Fools stunt, but don’t rule out the Lions trying it for real in the future.
What do you make of the purple pitch? Is it a good idea?