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Adrian Heath and Orlando City: A Love Story with a Messy Ending

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

In many ways, story of Adrian Heath's tenure with Orlando City was like watching a teenage love story.

Boy meets girl. Boy likes girl. Boy falls in love with girl. Boy can't come to terms when it's time to move on. And that's where we find ourselves now.

Orlando City's decision fire their long-time head coach — the only head coach in the club's eight-year history — was not a total shock to those who had been around to watch the club over the past 12 months. There were obvious signs of trouble in the relationship.

Failing to make the playoffs last season hurt. Getting off to a rocky start this season hurt. And suffering their worst loss of the season, a 4-0 defeat at FC Dallas on Monday, was ultimately the last straw for Heath.

Nobody wanted to see it end this way. Everybody hopes their first love will be their last, but in reality, that's hardly ever the case nowadays.

Adrian Heath loved Orlando City. Orlando City, and most important the fans, loved him back. But in the end, it was time to move on.

There's no telling how long it'll be before — if ever — the club ever fully moves on from the coach that won them two titles, three regular season champions in USL, got Orlando City to the best record through 100 games for a professional club in US history, and ultimately put this club on the radar of Major League Soccer.

It's days like this that are tough, as a fan of this club, having watched it grow from what it was in its early days to what it has become. Yeah, he was just a coach, and in today's sporting world, coaches come and go.

But Adrian Heath wasn't just another run of the mill coach to Orlando City. He was their first coach, and to this point their only coach. Sometimes, things just work out the way we want them to.

He was Orlando City's first love, and they might never let him go.

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