Orlando City Continues Playoff Push By Escaping With Tie
Orlando City Soccer Club is slowly climbing up from the bottom of the playoff table. With last week’s win gaining them a spot up, they are looking to close in and continue their playoff push. Yet, Orlando traveled to Atlanta to play in the brand new Mercedes-Benz Arena, which their last bouts with Atlanta have not favored Orlando at all. With that being said, Jason Kreis made the following adjustments to the lineup and set the roster as follows:
As the fans piled into Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta FC and Orlando City SC stretched and warmed up on the field and prepared themselves for an important playoff contention matchup. The referee blew the starting whistle and Atlanta took charge by leading the majority of the first half in possession and having multiple shots towards goal. Orlando looked to strike early and fast, resulting in a huge goal from Dom Dwyer in the 10th minute of the match. Orlando was celebrating the goal and for good reason, knowing they could easily run away with this game to continue their playoff build. Yet in the 36th Minute Josef Martinez was able to get
Orlando was celebrating the goal and for good reason knowing they could easily run away with this game to continue their playoff build. Yet, in the 36th minute Josef Martinez was able to get in front of goal and tie the game all up at 1-1. The Mercedes-Benz Stadium roared as the fans were excited about the team tying the match and potentially getting back in the lead. The crowd grew silently immediately as Dom Dwyer scored his second goal off of a deflected cross and headed the ball into the net. Orlando led 2-1 going into the locker room at halftime and was looking to continue this lead to end the game!
As Orlando exited the locker room and approached midfield the whistle blew and Orlando looked to continue their goal scoring antics. Orlando was doing a great job of disrupting the Atlanta team and attempting to shut down the chance of them scoring but in the 55th minute, Josef Martinez scored his second goal to tie the game at 2-2. Orlando was not going to allow the tie score to stay for too long, and three minutes later Cyle Larin scored a goal in the 58th minute and made the lead 3-2.
Orlando was attempting to slow the game down and not allow Atlanta the chance to counter strike to tie the game. Orlando was successful until Josef Martinez capitalized and had his second hat trick in two matches tying the game 3-3. Orlando was oddly still playing slow and seemingly content with the possibility of leaving the match with one point, which would not exactly help them in their playoff push. Ultimately Orlando was unable to capitalize and score another goal.
Orlando City takes on The Portland Timbers on 09/24 in Portland, Oregon.