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Orlando sees it’s 8th straight L but hey, there’s a new head coach

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Official Orlando City Reporter

By Shae Beaudoin // @ShaeEliz

Raise your hand if you witnessed the madness that ensued on June 30th, 2018. There were game upon games between the FIFA World Cup and MLS. It probably got tough to keep up with, so let me break down one match for you, at least. On this day, Orlando City SC traveled north to Atlanta for the rivals’ second meet up this season. And by just three minutes in, I was wondering why we even bothered to make the trip.

Now you know I’m #CityTilIDie, but that doesn’t make swallowing the L pills any easier. Especially not against rivals/arch nemeses. To sum up the game in as few words as possible, we got the ball, we didn’t communicate, we lost the ball, Atlanta scored. Rinse and repeat four times and you’ll have yourself a full 90 minute match.

There’s really not much else to say about our eighth straight loss that we don’t all already know. Instead of focusing on the negative and complaining about what went wrong this game, I want to highlight what went right.

First off, Chris Mueller. I’ve been saying this since the 2018 draft pick saw his first minutes of play time for this team. Mueller is our key. Whether he starts or comes in as a sub in second half, Mueller continuously brings the drive, effort and energy this team so badly needs.

Take this game versus Atlanta, even in the 88th minute while we’re staring at a 4-0 scoreboard, Mueller never stopped putting on the pressure and making attempts on goal. As long as we have a player like that on our roster, I hardly care about results because I know the passion is there. I know the motivation is there. Plus, it’s been a little bit since Mueller tucked one away for us. I know he’s just itching to get his name back on the score sheet. Just wait for it.

Second, Amro Tarek. Tarek was a new addition to our roster during the 2017/2018 off season. He brings strength and size to our severely struggling defensive line. Combined with captain Jonathan Spector, these two are quite the force. Not only did he have several great saves during this game against Atlanta, but he also saw (by my count) at least two close attempts on goal off of set pieces. This needs to be applauded. Nothing is better than defense scoring. But as a former defender, I may be bias in that opinion.

I know, if our defense is so good, why did they allow four goals? There’s really no clear answer here and I wish I had one for you. If you ask me, the problem lies with our formation.

To catch you up to speed, after our devastating loss to Montreal Impact (the first one), Orlando City said goodbye to head coach Jason Kreis. I gave this man a lot of slack for never flexing off the 4-4-2 formation, but that’s more because I feel each team requires a different formation approach. With our interim head coach, we played a 3-5-2. I can definitely appreciate this change but when we take Atlanta, who’s got a strong attacking lineup, I really think we should have opted for a bit more defense and a little less offense. Or even if we wanted to start attacking strong, once we saw 2 (or 3 since they happened back to back) goals with very few chances for comeback, we should have switched up our formation.

I digress. At the end of the day, it was another loss. 4-0 in favor of Atlanta. So Atlanta fans get to continue to gloat and I will just wait patiently for the day we get our revenge.

Now, let’s talk about this coaching situation. We have a new head coach! So many fans were eagerly hoping for Ricardo Kaká to come back to us with the title “Coach” but sadly, that’s not the case. However, we did end up signing on a former Lion. James O’Connor played for the Orlando City team back before we joined the MLS.

He’s young, he’s still growing his resume, so there’s a lot to be nervous about, but I’m willing to give him a chance to prove to us what he can do. We’ve got an amazing roster of players. The talent pool is definitely there. The remainder of the season will tell us if O’Connor is able to rally this squad to success.

Currently, Orlando City has dropped to 9th out of 11 teams in the Eastern Conference standings. That’s a tough pill to swallow, but we’re not trailing too far behind those ahead of us. There’s still plenty of time to turn this club around and for us to see our first playoff season in MLS. So, hopefully, my next write up is about a win.

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Orlando Parts Ways With Coaching Staff

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By Shae Beaudoin // @ShaeEliz

What a week for Orlando City SC! On Wednesday, the Lions took a trip to Montreal Impact and saw a devastating 3-0 loss. This marked the club’s sixth straight loss, coming off the heels of six straight wins. If we’re keeping things even, that means it’s time to get back on a winning streak, right?

This loss was a hard one for the club to swallow. With almost our full roster back from injury and available to play (minus Yoshimar Yotún who’s making us proud on the Peruvian national team in the World Cup), we no longer have the excuse of a limited selection of players. This game saw the return of captain Jonathan Spector after weeks following concussion protocols. Sadly, having Spector back wasn’t the magic key to getting our victories back.

On Friday, Orlando City announced that they would be parting ways with head coach Jason Kreis. With him, assistant coaches CJ Brown and Miles Joseph have also left the club.

Jason Kreis took over coaching Orlando City in July 2016, after our previous coach, Adrian Heath (now with Minnesota United) was let go for poor performance. Under Heath, Orlando City’s record was 19 wins, 20 draws, and 16 losses. We played 55 games under Heath’s leadership. Kreis lead us for 64 games and our record stands at 21 wins, 14 draws, and 29 losses. Oof. We’ve had a rough couple years. While we search for a new head coach, assistant coach Bobby Murphy will lead the team.

Orlando City plays D.C. United in the U.S. Open Cup on June 20th. Then we meet Montreal again June 23rd. Montreal is currently sitting in 9th place in the MLS regular season standings. Orlando is still (barely) holding on to the sixth spot.

Montreal’s current position in the standings is what makes our 3-0 loss to them so hard to swallow. Sure, we expect going up against Atlanta United and NYCFC to be tough, but when you’re going up against a team that’s got 4 wins (5 now) and 11 losses, while you’re sitting at 6 wins, 7 losses and 1 draw, you really don’t plan on getting your butt handed to you.

But here we are. We’ll see on June 23rd if we’ve learned from our mistakes or if we’ll take another L.

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Orlando City Suffers Terrible Loss at Vancouver

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By Shae Beaudoin // @ShaeEliz

Saturday, June 9: 5-2 Loss

On Saturday, the Lions traveled north to Vancouver in their first 2018 meeting. Vancouver Whitecaps is now home to two former Orlando City players, Brek Shea and Jose Aja. But the family reunion was pretty bittersweet, with the final score of Vancouver 5, Orlando 2.

Now I’m not exactly sure if this qualifies as our worst defeat ever, but it’s definitely up there. I mean, we fell to Houston Dynamo in 2017 4-0. At least this time we put some goals on the board. This marks the 5th straight loss since Atlanta United ended our winning streak back in May.

Just to recap here, Orlando City broke it’s winning streak record this season with 6 straight wins. We were on top of the world! And then the Fire Nation attacked…

Not exactly, but here we are, in a position all too familiar to Orlando City fans. We call it our Summer Slump. The beginning of the season looks so good and so promising, and then summer comes and well. You know what happens.

Shockingly enough, we’re still clinging to our #6 spot in the playoff standings. Chicago Fire and Philadelphia Union are just one point behind us so this week’s games will determine if we can hold on to our spot or not.

A win against Montreal Impact on Wednesday, June 13th, would guarantee us a few more days of safety. A draw or a loss would mean we’d have to watch what Chicago does against Colorado Rapids (also on Wednesday) and how Philadelphia does against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday.

To catch you up on our player news:

Midfielder Yoshimar Yotún has been named to the Peru National Team’s roster for the 2018 World Cup! We’re wishing him the best but that means for now, we’ve got no Yoshi available.

Defender Amro Tarek has returned to Orlando after being turned down from the Egyptian National Team. Obviously a hard pill to swallow but we’re happy to have him back, especially with our Captain Jonathan Spector still uncertain.

Spector has missed the past few weeks of games due to concussion protocols. He has returned to full training and played in our U.S. Open match against Miami, so we should be seeing him return to our main roster very soon.

Now these next few weeks of MLS are a little messy— we’ve got games and gaps all over the place due to the World Cup break, so bear with us here at MLSFemale while we have recaps going up on all different days of the week. Plus, we’ve got U.S. Open Cup games going on in this mix too. Who’s ready to keep up with ALL of the soccer?!

Next up for Orlando City: Away at Montreal on June 13th (MLS Regular Season), Away at D.C. United on June 20th (U.S. Open Cup), and Home on June 23rd against Montreal (MLS Regular Season).

And in case you were looking for more of my wit and humor, I’ll also be doing World Cup coverage for Portugal and Egypt right here on MLSFemale.

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Orlando City – Let’s Get Caught Up

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By Shae Beaudoin // @ShaeEliz

Apologies, Orlando fans. Life happened and I missed post-game reports on the last two matches. Let’s recap those today as well as discuss the latest news surrounding Orlando City SC.

First thing’s first. Our winning streak ended at 6 straight wins. 6 is the new Club record, with the previous record of 5 straight wins. Sadly, that’s about where the good news for this post ends. We set a new record!

Now for the not so good stuff…

Our first matchup with rivals Atlanta United went down on May 13th at the Orlando City Stadium. This game—both literally and figuratively— was a mess. Just ten minutes in, Atlanta was awarded a penalty kick after a controversial play by our favorite (though aggressive) midfielder, Cristian Higuita. Ten minutes later, Higuita saw a yellow for another risky play. Atlanta tucked away a second goal in the 31st minute. Orlando goalkeeper Joe Bendik was a little less than pleased with the refs and argued, earning himself a yellow card as well. This isn’t even where the mess ends, guys. Stay with me.

At half, Higuita was replaced by Uri Rosell, probably a smart move because with our current list of injured and unavailable players, the last thing we need is anyone getting a red card. But we’ll talk about that later. In the 57th minute, Justin Meram scored his first goal in purple and put us on the scoreboard.

To add to our list of yellow cards this game, Yosimar Yotún, Uri Rosell and Will Johnson all got booked before the end of the game. Will Johnson’s came during a time of high tension, when both teams got in a little bit of a scuffle. I didn’t see what started it, but Lamine Sane and Will Johnson were the primary instigators on the Orlando City side. Both players were fined by the disciplinary committee in the week following this matchup.

Perhaps the most disappointing part of this game was the behavior of the fans. Attendees littered the field with cups, beer cans, and anything else they could throw in the last few minutes of added time, so much that it made the field dangerous to play on and the refs had to call the game.

It’s been said, I’m going to repeat it, this is absolutely unacceptable behavior by Orlando City fans. We should never disrespect any field and put our players in danger, but the fact that we did this to our own house? I’m immensely disappointed. Orlando City has identified 38 fans who threw trash onto the field and these fans have received a one to two-year suspension.

The team has also implemented new rules for the stadium. All beverages will be poured into cups moving forward and the stadium will have more cameras installed.

Moving on. Let’s touch base on the Toronto FC game this past weekend. This game saw City back on the road. First half was pretty slow, ending with a 0-0 scoreboard. Both teams seemed to come alive during the second half. Toronto tucked away their first goal in the 63rd minute. Ten minutes later, Cristian Higuita put one away for Orlando City. At 87 minutes in, Toronto scored their second, ending the game 2-1. The same result as we saw against Atlanta.

Now let’s talk about moving forward.

Orlando City is in extremely rough shape for the next few weeks. We’re missing at least 5 starters, and yeah, some of them are in positions we’re already short on replacements for. Midfielder Yoshimar Yotún and defender Amro Tarek have been called up to play for their national teams during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Yotún will be playing for Peru and Tarek for Egypt. Best of luck, boys! You’ll be missed!

Injuries. Captain Jonathan Spector is still out for concussion protocol. He has now missed 7 consecutive games. I’m worried our captain slot is jinxed. Last year, Kaka missed a good chunk of the regular season for injuries and this year, we’re missing Spector. This is such a heavy blow too.

Spector is an essential piece of our defensive line. And in his absence, Amro Tarek usually fills his spot. Now we’re without either of them. Defender Scott Sutter is also out for injury, as well as, forward Dom Dwyer. All three injured players were missing from this week’s training. No word yet on when they’ll return, but with any luck, all three will return ahead of our June 2nd matchup against NYCFC.

City faces off at home on Saturday, May 26th, against Chicago Fire. This will be defender Rafael Ramos’ first return home since being traded to Fire during the offseason for Cam Lindley.

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Orlando City breaks Club’s win streak record with match against RSL

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By Shae Beaudoin // @ShaeEliz

Sunday, May 6: 3-1 Win

This past Sunday, Orlando City broke the Club’s win streak record with a 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake. This marks 6 consecutive wins for the Lions, breaking the Club’s record of 5 straight wins which was set in the 2017 season. Most notably, this win streak includes two away matches, which used to cause us quite some trouble.

If you recall a few weeks back, I brought up the concern about the depth of our defense line. This concern rose again for this match against Real Salt Lake, as City went into this game without captain Jonathan Spector (still on concussion protocol), Scott Sutter (knee injury), and Amro Tarek (broken nose and lower body injury). Instead, the offseason addition, Chris Schuler made his City debut and got a full 90 minutes at that.

I wish you all could have been at the Orlando City Soccer Stadium for this game and stood on The Wall with me. The energy was unreal with fans buzzing from the first kick, urging our team towards the 6th straight win. 

The first half saw Orlando City dominating on possession and having way too many close shots, which, unfortunately, none of them made it in. That didn’t matter to The Wall, though. Every attempt seemed to rile them up even more.

Chris Mueller performed some nice little footwork tricks to trap up Salt Lake’s defense and Justin Meram was more alive and on the ball than I’ve seen him all season. Sacha Kljestan also made quite a few attempts of his own. The team wanted those goals, they just kept misstepping or overshooting.

Maybe they were getting a little too overeager, who knows? Corey Baird of Real Salt Lake tried to diminish spirits in the 12th minute when he managed to slip one past goalkeeper Joe Bendik, but that didn’t put too much of a damper on things. We ended the first half 0-1 and with The Wall as loud as ever.

Second half, the Lions came back with a vengeance, just as we were hoping they would. It took a few minutes to get warmed up, but Dom Dwyer started the fire in the 60th minute. Three minutes later, Lamine Sané got his first goal in purple. Honestly, I think part of the stadium got comfortable with two, but Yoshimar Yotún wanted to be extra safe and tucked away a third goal in the 78th minute.

There were also several great saves by Joe Bendik during this match, or we may have been singing a different tune in this report. (Bendik also got himself a pretty little yellow card, but hey).

Stefano Pinho subbed in for Chris Mueller who went down for injury but don’t worry. He was up walking around again by the end of the game so hopefully, it was just a strained muscle and he’ll be back with us next week. I’d love for him to score on Atlanta. Thankfully, no other new injuries to report this game, our remaining two subs were RJ Allen and Uri Rosell, who replaced Justin Meram and Yoshimar Yotún.

Orlando City is back home again next week where they face off against Atlanta United. City will be pushing for their 7th straight win, Atlanta will be pushing for their 8th. There’s sure to be a whole lot of tension and 90 minutes of pure energy. Will you be there?

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Orlando City Gets Their 5th Straight Win

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By Shae Beaudoin // @ShaeEliz

Sunday, April 29: 1-2 Win

What a match! Orlando City took on the Colorado Rapids and secured their 5th straight win! This is the new record for straight wins in the 2018 MLS season and a tie for Orlando’s longest win streak in club history. Congrats to the boys in purple!

Going into this match, we were facing off against a team that has never scored a goal on us. Colorado Rapids quickly changed that though, picking up a goal in the 26th minute. First half was more or less uneventful for Orlando City. The attackers were silent and the defense managed to hold Colorado to just one goal thanks to some impressive saves by Amro Tarek and Lamine Sane.

Second half, temperatures started rising, with dangerous plays happening more often than throw-ins and Colorado Rapids receiving yellow cards left and right. In the 52nd minute, Christian Higuita scored an equalizer and brought City back to life. Just a few minutes later, Rapids almost got lucky thanks to a bad back pass by Lamine Sane, which Joe Bendik luckily managed to knock out of play.

A nasty collision in the 69th minute led to Colorado Rapids’ Bismark Boateng going down, and he appeared to lose consciousness for a moment. He was immediately attended to by medics and was seen sitting up and moving prior to being taken out of the game. Best wishes to Boateng and I hope he has a speedy recovery.

With Orlando City’s own captain, Jonathan Spector, out on concussion protocols I know it’s a tough pill for the team to swallow but more than that, a severe risk to the player’s future. Get well soon, Boateng.

The 77th minute saw Yoshimar Yotún taken down in the box, for which he was awarded a penalty kick that he easily tucked away, bringing the score to Orlando 2, Colorado 1. The Rapids finished out the match with two more close calls to equalize, especially given the 6 minutes of added time, however, Orlando City wasn’t allowing it. The last attempt saw a great save by Mohammed El-Munir, who has been a key piece to the lineup this season.

Job well done, boys. Congrats on 5 straight wins, but let’s not forget, we’re about to hit a really tough stretch in the upcoming games. Next week (which also happens to be my birthday weekend), Orlando City returns home to face off against Real Salt Lake. Come out to celebrate with me as we push for our 6th straight win.

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Orlando City Gets Fourth Straight Win

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By Shae Beaudoin // @ShaeEliz

Saturday, April 21: 3-2 Win

This weekend Orlando City faced off against San Jose Earthquakes at home. After an action-packed 90 minutes, the Lions walked away with a fresh three points. 

This win brings Orlando to 4 consecutive victories in a row, a much-needed morale boost after a rocky start to the season. For now, Orlando is sitting pretty in the #3 spot of the Eastern Conference standings. Fingers crossed we see the playoffs this year. Keep reading for the full game recap!

I’ve got two words for you. Chris Mueller. If you’re not familiar with this name yet, you’re snoozing. The rookie was our 2018 Super Draft pick and since scoring his first MLS goal during the intense 3-2 comeback victory over Portland Timbers, he hasn’t stopped making moves. Just two minutes into the game against the Quakes, Mueller put one on the scoreboard for Orlando.

Later in the first half, Sacha Kljestan gave Orlando it’s second goal of the night, which also happened to be Mueller’s first career assist. And just to keep things even more interesting, midway through the second half, Dom Dwyer scored his 100th career goal, and Orlando City led the game with 3 goals, San Jose 0.

Not sure if the team got a little overconfident or if they just started getting tired, but Orlando City game up two goals at the end of the second half, scored by Quakes’ Florian Jungwirth. Without Captain Jonathan Spector (out on concussion protocol) and defender Scott Sutter (out on injury) available to play, it’s impressive to me that the defense held off the Quakes so long this game. While allowing 2 goals is definitely disappointing, it’s becoming more and more clear that the depth in our team is there and it’s getting better as the season goes on.

Last week against Philadelphia Union was the first time this season that Orlando City got the first goal of the match, making Mueller’s goal this game the first at home. It’s also the fastest first goal in Orlando City’s MLS history. So yeah, Saturday was a busy day in Orlando.

Let’s talk next game. City goes on the road and faces the Colorado Rapids on April 29th. It is unclear yet if we will have Spector and Sutter available to play again, but it’s my hope that we will. If they are cleared to play, we’ve finally got a full roster available to play with no one out on injuries and fingers crossed that it lasts.

This winning streak feels really nice, let’s keep it up, yeah? Although, the games against Real Salt Lake and Atlanta United coming up on the horizon certainly have me nervous… But we’ll worry about those later. For now, Rapids, you’re next!

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Mueller Sparks the Fire to Bring Lion’s 3-2 Comeback

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By Shae Beaudoin // @ShaeEliz

Sunday, April 8: 3-2 Win

Not to say I told you so or anything but I’ve been saying since the home opener that good things would happen if we could just get MLS SuperDraft pick Chris Mueller on the field at the same time as Dom Dwyer. Sunday’s game against the Portland Timbers proved just that.

At first, spirits were low. Three minutes in, Portland had a shot on goal that slipped through goalkeeper Joe Bendik’s fingers, but luckily the return of our captain Jonathan Spector meant great saves by the defense. Samuel Armenteros was almost sent off with a red for a second yellow card, however, VAR overturned the penalty and awarded Portland the penalty kick. And thus, Orlando City found themselves down 0-1 at the half.

The start of the second half pushed spirits even further as Portland landed another shot to bring the score to 0-2. You could hear the disappointment in the stands. The Wall was unusually quiet and antsy. And Orlando City looked to be asleep out on the field.

Our saving grace came in the form of our 21-year-old SuperDraft pick. Chris Mueller came on as a sub in the 67th minute and turned the game around for us. Not sure if it was just having a fresh pair of legs or if it was the hunger of Mueller to get his first MLS goal, but whatever it was worked.

After a few missed attempts, the first goal came in the 80th minute when Mueller landed a header and officially put his name in the books for the first time. This was all it took to reignite the Wall and lift the spirits across the stadium. Just two minutes later, Orlando City was awarded a penalty kick, taken by Sacha Kljestan, and tying up the score. The most intense ten minutes of Orlando City history came when Dom Dwyer scored the winning shot, bringing the score to 3-2 in favor of Orlando.

I hope this team, from the 80th to 87th minute, is the team we see all season. This is what Orlando City is capable of. The remaining 80 minutes of this game was disappointing at best and I know we’re capable of so much more. So yes, we can celebrate this win and we can celebrate our 3 points, but let’s not get any false hope that we’re now invincible and a solid team.

We’ve got a lot of work to put in if we wish to keep the victories going. If we play like we played most of this game, we won’t be seeing 3 points all that often. If we play like we played in that ten-minute window, yeah. We’ll have a great season ahead of us.

Our next game is this Friday, we head to Philadelphia to face the Union for the first time this season. Check back here for match coverage!

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Orlando City finds 3 points at home

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Saturday, March 31: 4-3 Win

Finally. This weekend, Orlando City SC faced off against the New York Red Bulls at home and what a game it was! This was Sacha Kljestan’s first game against his old club, and Orlando City saw some old friends as well with Aurélien Collin, Carlos Rivas, and Tommy Redding all seeing playtime against their old pals in purple.

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This game saw the return of Dom Dwyer, who spent the beginning of the season out with a thigh injury from training. Missing from the available roster this week was Uri Rosell and Jonathan Spector. Spector remains out on concussion regulations from the hit he suffered two weeks ago against NYCFC.

Things looked bleak at the start of the match when just 7 minutes in, Florian Valot put a point on the board for RBNY, but OCSC answered back with a goal by Johnson in the 15th minute. To break the equalizer, Derrick Etienne landed another shoot in the 24th minute. But it didn’t last long, as just 2 minutes later, Dom Dwyer secured a header off of a corner kick, tucking it nicely into the net.

Are you with me so far? 26 minutes in and we’re tied up 2-2. Told you this game was a big one. The remainder of the half was more or less calm, save for a handful of fouls awarded to each side.

At the start of second half, Josue Colman came on to make his home debut, replacing Cam Lindley on the field. At 48 minutes, Dwyer landed another goal for Orlando City after the Red Bulls allowed him to get his left foot on the ball. Never a good idea when we’re talking about Dwyer.

Regardless, Dwyer came off in the 64th minute, replaced by Chris Mueller. My guess is Kreis didn’t want to strain Dwyer, who could still be recovering from injury, though the backflip he did following his first goal may or may not completely negate that thought. Point aside, looks like we’ll have to wait another week to see a Dwyer/Mueller combination on the field.

In the 73rd minute, Amro Tarek came off, subbed by RJ Allen. Tarek had gone down to injury a few minutes before, which put City in a tough situation. Without Spector available and with Tarek down, Orlando had no more center backs. My thought was Kreis would push Will Johnson back to defense and bring in Cristian Higuita or Richie Laryea. Instead, Kreis got creative with RJ Allen, who usually plays right back.

Not a bad call by any means, I’m just wondering if we had signed an extra defensive player or two, could we have avoided this all together?

But let’s get back on track here. In the 82nd minute, RBNY pulled off an equalizer of their own, thanks to a header by Aaron Long. The score wasn’t even for long though, with Scott Sutter scoring another one for Orlando and bringing the match up to Orlando 4, Red Bulls 3.

Now, there’s the City we know and love. Such an action-packed game, right before the crazy LA Galaxy vs. LAFC match. This was a good weekend in MLS. What are your thoughts on this weekend’s games? Share them with me in the comments or over on Twitter.

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Sorry Orlando City, not our night against Minnesota United

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This past Saturday, March 10th, Orlando City faced off against Minnesota United. Just to recap, Minnesota United is coached by Adrian Health, who coached us during our first year and a half in the MLS. Their attack is also led by midfielder Kevin Molino, who also played for us previously. In Heath’s first return to Orlando since parting ways with the club, he managed to secure 3 points with the Loons defeating the Lions 2-1.

I gotta say, Minnesota really brought it to us. In the 13th minute, MNUFC scored their first goal, albeit with a little controversy. The replay of the goal appears as though Finlay was offside, but no call from the ref so the goal counted. Minnesota kept the pressure on and had a multitude of opportunities in the first half, but Orlando’s defense held strong.

Huge shout out to El-Munir. He was one of our offseason pickups and he’s done nothing but impress me so far this season.

Stefano Pinho went down around the 24th minute and needed to be stretchered off, bringing Mueller in as a sub. It has since been confirmed that it is an injury to his ankle. There is no set timeline for his return.

Just before the half, a foul went to VAR, awarding Orlando City a penalty kick. With a beautiful delivery by Yoshimar Yotún, City tied it up.

Around the 51st minute, Molino went down and also needed to be stretchered off. Reports state that he is suffering a torn ACL. The score remained stagnant until Finlay came back with the brace in the 79th minute.

The biggest take away I have from this game is that Mueller’s got to put some work in on those completions. Of course, it’s only his second MLS game ever and he’s got a lot of adjusting to do, but there were a few promising crosses made during this game where the finish just wasn’t there. Personally, I’m excited to see how Mueller does with Dwyer beside him. I think that combination will give just the extra push Mueller needs to open his MLS account.

Orlando City is now out 7 starters, and this is not looking like a good start to the season. However, we are expecting a good portion of our starters back by the end of the month. Uri Rosell is only out pending fitness, so as soon as he’s in shape, we can expect to see him. Dwyer and Colman have been out with injuries and anticipated back by the end of the month.

Sacha and Da Silva will be wrapping up their suspensions in time for our March 31st match at home and PC will be back from his red card suspension this week against NYCFC. I fully believe in this team Kreis has built and I’m sure we will start seeing results when we get these key players back, so just hang tight City fans. After all, we’re City till we die!

That about wraps up this post-game report for ORLvMIN. Wishing a quick recovery to Pinho and Molino so both teams can get back on their feet ASAP. Our next game is on March 17th against NYCFC, our first away game of the season. It’s gonna be a big one, so make sure you’re following Keira and me on Twitter for that in-game coverage.

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