Orlando City SC name James O’Connor head coach, debuts July 7th vs. Los Angeles FC

James O'Connor has been hired as coach of Major League Soccer's Orlando City team.
Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sport

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — James O’Connor has been hired as coach of Major League Soccer’s Orlando City team.

Coach of Louisville City of the United Soccer League since 2015, the 38-year-old Connor will remain with the second-tier club through its game Saturday night, then join Orlando before its match against Los Angeles FC on July 7. Bobby Murphy, who became interim coach when Jason Kreis was fired on June 15, will lead Orlando on Saturday at Atlanta.

O’Connor played for Orlando from 2012-14 when it was in the third tier. The Irish midfielder also played for Stoke (1996-2003), West Bromwich Albion (2003-05), Burnley (2003-05) and Sheffield Wednesday (2008-11).