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Let’s catch up on Orlando City

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By Shae Beaudoin // @ShaeEliz

It’s been a few weeks with the new Orlando City head coach James O’Connor and I’ve been moderately quiet. I wanted to wait and observe before I gave my opinion on him. I’m not the type to see new coaches and give them one game to prove themselves. So I’ve waited it out a few games and now it’s time to get you guys all caught up.

First and most importantly, midfielder Yoshimar Yotún has returned to us after his appearance in the 2018 FIFA World Cup for the Peruvian National team. He was certainly missed and at least for our July 14th win over Toronto FC, I thought the suffering was over and we’d finally start winning again. As per our record since, this was absolutely not the case.

Captain Jonathan Spector has been back off the lineup due to more injuries. Do you guys believe me yet that our captain slot is cursed? We barely saw Kaká last season, we’ve barely seen Spector this season. Maybe we just need to not name captains from now on.

Perhaps the boldest move O’Connor has made since he joined our ranks is benching goalkeeper Joe Bendik. Orlando City signed Bendik back in 2016 and he’s been our starting goalkeeper in pretty much every game since, with the exception of a few Open Cup matches. It’s a spot he rightfully earned. Bendik has saved us from so many potentially devastating matches and was frequently featured on MLS for the Save of the Week.

This season, however, Bendik’s been really off his mark. He has a really bad habit of coming too far out of his box and without a strong enough defense to fill in behind him. That is, except when Spector’s on the field. The synergy there allowed Bendik to stretch a little more while still keeping the goal covered by the defense. Besides that, Bendik’s just allowed some pretty sloppy goals and this season we’ve seen some of our worst defeats ever as a result.

While I think O’Connor’s move to bench Bendik the last few games was bold, I applaud him for it. It was certainly a needed change. Our substitute keeper, Earl Edwards Jr., has been filling his spot and even though we’ve been taking some more Ls, I still think the change was a good one.

Of course, we can’t put all the blame on the goalkeeper. After all, it’s a team effort. Our defense is in a really weak spot right now, Once again, I have to chalk this up to the lack of depth former head coach Jason Kreis created in our 2017-2018 offseason. We lost so many defenders and instead of replacing them, we signed more midfielders. This created the lack of depth for our back line. We’ve got 3, maybe 4, defensive subs on a good day. So how many do we have when we’ve got 2 defensemen out on injury (as we have consistently had all season)?

In all, I think O’Connor is doing the best he can with what he was handed. There are tons of fans already complaining about him and saying he’ll be fired but I think that’s a little extreme. The man was handed a rock and told to turn it into a diamond. Give him some time to figure it out and keep in mind, he’s dealing with the roster we built without him. I’m not saying the roster’s in a bad place. We certainly have a lot of talent on our list, but sometimes that talent just doesn’t play nicely together.

I’m gonna be honest here, friends. You know I’m #CityTilIDie, but I don’t have too much hope in turning this season around. For now, I’m just going to watch the games and enjoy some soccer. I’ll start dreaming about playoffs in 2019. What about you?

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Portugal Fails to Advance After Loss to Uruguay

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By Shae Beaudoin // @ShaeEliz

For all of us Portugal fans, our 2018 FIFA World Cup chances are over. After finishing second in the Group stages, Portugal faced Uruguay in the second match of the Round of 16. Unfortunately, once we hit Round of 16, there are no second chances. A win sends you forward and a loss sends you home.

This was definitely a rough game. We Portugal fans had to start worrying just 7 minutes in when Edinson Cavani put Uruguay on the score board. Yeah, I was a little worried at this point, but I also know our team, and I knew that Portugal wasn’t out of the running just because they were trailing by one goal.

This was overall a pretty fair game. The referee didn’t pull out yellow cards like they were trick-or-treats on Halloween. In fact, the card only left his pocket once during the whole match. Considering how the rest of the matches have gone so far in this World Cup, I’m counting that as an improvement.

Other than that first goal, there isn’t too much to share about the first half. These teams both played well and most importantly, the match was extremely even. It could have gone either way at any point in time.

Second half is when Portugal seemed to get their heads in the game.

In the 55th minute, Pepe tied things up and breathed new life into the Portugal fans. We could breathe a little easier. Ten minutes, at least, before Cavani made his second goal. Before he could go for his hat trick, Cavani ended up injured and came off the field.

If you weren’t able to tune in for this game, we really need to highlight this for a second because of the extremely touching moment between Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani. As Cavani limped off the field, Ronaldo came over and lended the striker a shoulder to lean on and helped him off the field.

That is the A+ sportsmanship I love to see. Even though this man is the reason Portugal was about to go home, Ronaldo didn’t let that stop him from being a good person. Whether it was for the spotlight or not you have to commend him. If I was in that situation, with my whole nation’s chances of advancing on my shoulders, I highly doubt I would have even thought about helping the other team out in any capacity.

But back to the match. Closing out second half, the score stood Uruguay 2, Portugal 1. And then the fourth official gifted us with six whole minutes of added stress time. I don’t think I’ve ever wished so hard for an equalizer in my life. (Though, spoiler alert, after the stress of Sunday’s Spain/Russian tiebreaker shootout, I realize that maybe it’s better I didn’t get my wish.)

Of course, you’ve read this far, you know Portugal didn’t get the equalizer and they are in fact, eliminated from the competition. It’s been a rough weekend for me. Three L’s with all the teams I support and the only solace is that Argentina and Lionel Messi were also eliminated on Saturday, thanks to the French.

That wraps up my coverage of the 2018 World Cup now that both my teams have been eliminated. I haven’t decided who I’m rooting for next. France? Brazil? I guess we’ll see. Who do you still have in the competition?

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

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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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The Game We Were All Waiting For… Spain vs. Portugal!

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By Shae Beaudoin // @ShaeEliz

Group B: June 15

Long-time rivals Spain and Portugal met early in this year’s World Cup shuffle and arguably, this game was the most anticipated of the initial pairings. The two played on Friday afternoon and gave us a game we never wanted to end and exactly the type of match we expect from the World Cup.

My heart is with both Spain and Portugal. I know, this is a party foul. But if you follow me, you know I love Real Madrid, and my team is split between Spain and Portugal so I will happily root for both as long as I can. This first matchup between the two was exactly the game I could have hoped for. Welcome to the 2018 World Cup, everyone! I hope we’re all ready for a ride!

The excitement started early when just 3 minutes in Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo was taken down inside the box and awarded a penalty kick. Ronaldo made light work of tucking that away and put Portugal on the board. Things remained pretty quiet until Spain’s Diego Costa tied things up 20 minutes later.

And poor David De Gea, arguably one of the best goalkeepers in the world, didn’t quite get a full grasp on the ball. It slipped past him and Ronaldo brought the score to Portugal 2, Spain 1, going into halftime. And if you thought it was intense to this point, just wait, we have another 45 full minutes to cover.

Spain came back from halftime with a vengeance. The 2010 FIFA World Cup winners are not ones you want to count out early. David Costa tucked one away, and José Ignacio Fernández Iglesias (better known as Nacho) followed, bringing the score to Spain 3, Portugal 2.

In the 87th minute, Spain gave away another costly foul, awarding Ronaldo a free kick dangerously close to the box. A beautiful kick with a perfect curve made it around the Spanish wall and right into the top corner of the net. And just like that, Cristiano Ronaldo secured his hat-trick, became the oldest player in World Cup history to do so, and matched the number of career goals he’s made in all his World Cup appearances in just 90 minutes.

And that brings our score to 3-3, which is where it ended. Didn’t I say this match was one we didn’t want to end? If you missed it, try to catch a replay. Seriously. This game was insanity.

Group B also includes Iran and Morocco. Iran defeated Morocco 1-0 just before Spain and Portugal clashed, so Iran currently sits nicely at the top of the group with 3 points, Spain and Portugal are tied with 1 point each. How are we feeling so far? Is this the year Ronaldo adds a World Cup to his impressive collection? 

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Egypt Sees Devastating Last Minute Upset

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By Shae Beaudoin // @ShaeEliz

Who’s been tuning in to these INSANE World Cup games? I couldn’t have asked for a better start to this year’s festivities. The party got started on Thursday when Russia went against all odds and defeated Saudi Arabia 5-0. Kicking things off on Friday, Egypt faced Uruguay.

This year is the nation’s first World Cup appearance in 28 years, so the stakes were high. Egypt has also never won a World Cup match. They’re hoping to change that this year. On their roster but missing from this first game against Uruguay is Mohamed Salah. There was much contemplation about leaving him off the roster for this first match, and in hindsight, even Egypt’s coach said it was probably a poor move.

Compared to everything else we’ve seen so far this Cup, this match was particularly slow to start. The game remained 0-0 and I’m sure I’m not the only one who thought it would end in a draw. In the 90th minute, Uruguay was awarded a free kick just outside of the box, which was headed in by Jose Gimenez.

This last-minute goal was absolutely devastating for the Egyptians, who certainly played a good match. They are certainly feeling a little bit of pressure after this loss, especially after the Russia and Saudi Arabia match.

Group A as it stands after the first matches:

Russia – 3 points, +5 goal differential

Uruguay – 3 points, +1 goal differential

Egypt – 0 points, -1 goal differential

Saudi Arabia – 0 points, -5 goal differential

Next week, Egypt plays Russia on June 19th. Let’s hope for a different outcome than the one given to Saudi Arabia. Of course, anything can happen to change the rankings, with each team having two more games before anyone gets sent home, but in Egypt’s case, a win is absolutely necessary.

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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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