Orlando City Soccer Wins Meaningless Game

Orlando City Soccer Club was officially eliminated from playoff contention in the previous match against The Portland Timbers. So with this midweek home match against The New England Revolution, with nothing on the line, Orlando was playing for fan support and to show promise for the next year. With that being said, Jason Kreis planned accordingly and set the following lineup below:

Bendik
Tola
Pereira
Hines
Sutter
Nocerino
Yotun
Barnes
Carrasco
Dwyer
KaKa

As Orlando City Fans piled into the Orlando City Soccer Stadium on a beautiful Wednesday night, the Lions warmed up on the field. After warm-ups, Orlando took the field and with the starting whistle blown, the Lions took advantage of possession the entire match. Orlando was seemingly scoping out a way to get past the defense, which Orlando was able to break through with a goal off of a free kick flick from Nocerino. But the scoring did not stop there, with a corner kick header from Seb Hines in the 32nd Minute to make the score 2-0 Orlando. As fans were going wild and the team building up some confidence, Orlando never took their foot off of the pedal. Which this was obvious when KaKa drove down the field taking on a defender one v one and drilled a shot in the top right corner of the net to extend the lead to 3-0 in the 43rd Minute. But right before halftime, Lee Nguyen was able to score off of a free kick right in front of the goal to make the score 3-1 going into the locker room. As Orlando took the locker room, Jason Kreis knew that they would not want to disappoint the fans with another second-half collapse and allowing a tie or even a loss, and went into the locker room attempting to make and find any adjustments that needed to be made.

When the second half started, Orlando once Against took possession of the ball, trying to play keep away from the Revolution, to secure the victory at home. Orlando was successful for a majority of the match until it no longer mattered when KaKa was able to once again score and earn himself a brace in the 77th Minute, increasing the lead to 4-1. With all the fans in Orlando going wild, seeing the Captain come out in his first match starting in what seemed like a month, Orlando continued to seize the moment and an opportunity to score again. This time Dom Dwyer scored in the 84th Minute to make the score 5-1, and before the final whistle was blown Yotun wanted to get in the goal scoring mood as well making the score 6-1 in the 90th Minute.

While this game meant nothing, it was great to see what the Orlando City Soccer Club is actually capable of doing when the team is running on all cylinders. Orlando’s next fixture is on Saturday 9/30, against FC Dallas, be sure to watch Orlando in their second to last home game of the season!

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