ORLANDO, Fla. - Brett Lashbrook, who previously served as special assistant to Major League Soccer (MLS) Commissioner Don Garber, has officially joined the Orlando City SC front office, the club announced Wednesday. Lashbrook spent the last seven years at MLS’ headquarters in New York City, working closely alongside Garber and MLS President Mark Abbott. Notably, Lashbrook was heavily involved with MLS’ recently completed New York City expansion project, including negotiation and planning for construction of a proposed new soccer stadium.
Lashbrook will officially join the Orlando front office on June 10. His primary duties will be to assist Orlando City’s ownership group in finalizing plans for a new soccer stadium and negotiating a MLS expansion agreement, as the Lions pursue their goal of bringing MLS to Central Florida by 2015.
“I want to thank the entire Orlando City ownership group for this exciting opportunity,” said Lashbrook. “The foundation they’ve already established is truly impressive – from the number of fans in the stands, the results on the field and the community’s demonstrated enthusiasm for the MLS project. I’m excited to join the team as we all work toward even greater future success.”
Prior to joining MLS, Lashbrook worked for the 1999 & 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup organizing committees, New York City’s bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games and the Phoenix Coyotes. Lashbrook also holds a law degree from Marquette University.
“I’m delighted that someone with Brett’s pedigree is joining the team,” said Orlando City President Phil Rawlins. “It speaks volumes about the potential of Orlando City as a MLS team - and further demonstrates how committed we are to joining MLS. Brett’s deep knowledge of MLS, including his recent work regarding MLS stadium projects and expansion efforts, will prove invaluable as our organization looks to continue our rapid growth.”
About Orlando City Soccer Club:
Orlando City Soccer Club (OCSC) is a premier professional soccer sports franchise in the United States and is a member of the USL PRO. The Lions’ pro team has won two regular season titles and one postseason championship during their short time in Orlando. Outside of the pro squad, OCSC also has their own youth club, Orlando City Youth Soccer (OCYS) and a U23s team that participates in the PDL. For more information on the pro and youth clubs, visit www.orlandocitysoccer.com and www.orlandocityyouth.org.