Saturday, September 30, 2017

Booksigning at Broken Cauldron Brewery with Simon and Susan Veness

Location: Broken Cauldron Brewery and Taproom
1012 W Church Street  
Orlando, FL 32805
Date: Sunday, October 15, 2017
Time: 2:30 PM
Contact: LeAnne Rollins
Writer’s Block Bookstore
124 E. Welbourne Avenue, Winter Park, Florida


Winter Park, FL   On Sunday, October 15 Broken Cauldron Brewery & Taproom will host Simon and Susan Veness at 1012 W Church Street, Orlando. (
On the last regular season game of Orlando City Soccer, meet Sports
Journalist and Authors Simon and Susan Veness at the book release party
for Defying Expectations: Phil Rawlins and the Orlando City Soccer Story.

Event will take place at 2:30 pm – until game time on Sunday, October 15, 2017

About the book: As
an expansion Major League Soccer team, the Orlando City Soccer Club
marked the return of professional soccer to Florida for the first time
since 2001, selling out the sixty-thousand-seat Citrus Bowl for its home
opener and going on to have the second-highest home attendance for the
2015 and 2016 seasons. It was the successful culmination of a nine-year
process orchestrated by the team’s owner, Phil Rawlins, who sold his
successful sales consultancy company for a shot at sports ownership and a
chance to tap into America’s growing interest in pro soccer.

Rawlins was relentless in building a franchise from the ground up,
overcoming crippling setbacks, devious politics, and near financial
ruin. Underpinning his efforts was a deep commitment to re-creating the
tribal passion and community spirit of his hometown team in the United
Kingdom, Stoke City, for which he served as board member for fourteen
years. The payoff was the Orlando City Soccer Club, an attractive new
team that galvanized the region. The subsequent acquisition of
international superstar Ricardo Kaká catapulted the club to celebrity
status and ensured that its debut season defied expectations.

Defying Expectations gives
insight into the challenges faced on the road to success, challenges
through which Rawlins has remained focused on the six core values that
he and his wife formulated at their kitchen table years ago, continuing
to foster a community institution that gives back as much as it

About the authors: Simon Veness has
covered the Orlando City Soccer Club since 2011. He has thirty-six
years of experience as a sports journalist for media including the
Guardian and Sun newspapers,, and Susan Veness is
an international travel writer and author of two books, including The
Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World: Over 600 Secrets of the Magic
Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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