Soccer. Orlando is talking about soccer.
Orlando City had a stellar 2-1 win over New England Revolution Wednesday night, advancing to the U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal for the third time since the club’s founding four years ago. Our next match is Wednesday, July 10 against New York City FC at home in Exploria Stadium (still getting used to the name change).
Yesterday, the United States Women’s National Team, beat Sweden 2-0 in their final match of the group stage, perfecting a flawless three-game run. Fans and city officials alike showed up to cheer on our women and mingle with Orlando Pride players at the block party on Church Street. Next up: Team USA takes on Spain Monday at noon.
Some folks stuck around yesterday to continue the World Cup celebrations as Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings commemorated the 25th anniversary of the 1994 FIFA Women’s World Cup, when the U.S. was the host country. (Orlando hosted five matches that year.)
Speaking of hosting matches, Exploria Stadium will be the host with the most when the 2019 MLS All Star Game comes to town July 31. To make things even sweeter, Orlando’s own Nani will be announced as part of the Fan XI to kick off the game versus the 10-time La Liga champions Atlético Madrid. Let’s fill that bowl and prove that we’re World Cup ready 2026.
In other news…
Orlando just ranked No. 1 in infidelity in the country according to a recent list by Ashley Madison, a dating site for married people. (Bungalower)
Orlandoans earning minimum wage would need to work 85 hours a week to afford to live in the area’s cheapest apartments, according to the latest report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (Orlando Weekly)
Meanwhile, in good(ish) news:
Who wears short shorts? In this viral video, Orlando dad Jason Hilley says he will if his daughter continues to do so too, and he has no shame about picking her up at school sporting them. (WSVN)
Gov. Ron DeSantis signed off on $140 million for affordable housing in areas hit hard by Hurricane Irma in 2017. (Fox 35)
Local author, speaker and podcast host, Makaila Nichols, is looking for sponsors of her new coloring book series all about body positivity and anti-bullying. Nichols’ books will be in Orange County Public Schools this fall. (WKMG)
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We’re kicking off this month’s neighborhood spotlight on Mills 50 with a timely subject. The opening of Wally’s Bar and Liquor has been all over the news this week (and all over social media). It was serendipitous for us as we begin our four-week exploration of the Mills 50 District.
Whether you love or hate the changes, one thing’s for sure: Wally’s is back (just a little more “polished”).
A staple since 1954, longtime beer and spirit seekers cherished the “come as you are” attitude that the bar fostered and it was an incredibly sad day last year when Wally’s announced its unexpected closure. Orlandoans flocked to Facebook to beg longtime Wally’s aficionado, attorney John Morgan to buy the place and others made funny memes on Reddit.
Morgan didn’t answer the call but new owner Minesh Patel did and he called on local interior designer Reid Pasternack to help revive Wally’s. Aside from being smoke-free and not so dark-lit, the one thing most regulars will miss is the jukebox. But, some of the old nostalgia can still be found. Like the naked women wallpaper and Wally’s remains.
Spokesperson Jordan Eichenblatt says ordering a Jameson and a PBR at Wally’s is comparable to eating a hot dog at Fenway Park.
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🎶 Tomorrow, June 22 Pianists Rose Grace and Eda Shlyam join forces to put the Timucua piano through its paces. For families with children or anyone for whom Sunday nights aren’t practical for concerts, please join us for a beautiful afternoon of music. (SoDo)
💃 Next Saturday, June 29 Meet us at the annual Florida Miracle dance-a-thon at ORMC. We’re putting on our dancing shoes for four hours and raising money for kids through the local chapter of the Children’s Miracle Network. (SoDo)
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🌠 Stargaze between down dog and savasana (SODO)
🎨 Check out some art after dark (Lake Nona)
🍻 Ladies, treat yourself to an all-night happy hour (Longwood)
🎶 Indulge in Depeche Mode (Downtown)
🛍 Shop local vendors at East End’s Evening Exchange (Audubon Park)
☮️ Don’t miss your chance to namaste poolside at the Grand Bohemian (Downtown)
🏋 Head to this triple hitter: fitness, finance, and business brunch (Winter Park)
🎤 Swing and sway at rum and reggae festival (Downtown)
🐈 Downward dog with the kitty cats (Clermont)
🌈 Young readers, delight yourselves at pride prom (Lock Haven Park)
🔮 Follow your intuition and learn to tarot (Curry Ford West)
🎉 Rock music, beer drinking, group cursing, and yoga? (Parramore)
☮️ Celebrate International Yoga Day at Orlando’s largest outdoor class (Lake Eola)
🍻 It’s Family Day at Ivanhoe Park Brewing (Ivanhoe)
🚀 Watch this flick all about Florida’s journeys to space (Downtown)
🎉 Continue the celebration of Freedom Day at this outdoor fest (Eatonville)
🧀 Check out this beer and cheese pairing at Rockpit Brewing (SoDo)
👫 Get the scoop at the 2019 State of the City (Downtown)
🚀 Don’t miss the rocket launch (Cape Canaveral)
🍖 Watch Zoolander backyard bbq style (Milk District)
🍤 Bring your Florida appetite to Disney Springs (Lake Buena Vista)
👯 Stretch up high during yoga at The Balcony (Downtown)
🏢 Learn and share why Orlando is home (Downtown)
🏬 Check out the behind the scenes of Amway (Parramore)
🍷 Celebrate Anthony Bourdain binge-watching episodes and sippin’ wine (SoDo)
If you’re still planning your weekend, we’ll make it easy for you.
We recommend shopping the Evening Exchange at East End Market tonight, checking out the show at Timucua tomorrow afternoon, and practicing your yoga Sunday at Lake Eola for International Yoga Day.
And obviously, checking out Wally’s so you can tell us what you think. Maybe we’ll even see you there for a drink!
We’ll see you on Monday, Orlando.