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Sorry Orlando City, not our night against Minnesota United

Shae Beaudoin - Orlando City/mlsfemale
Official Orlando City Reporter

By Shae Beaudoin // @ShaeEliz

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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Orlando City Fills Up 3 Roster Spots

Shae Beaudoin - Orlando City/mlsfemale
Official Orlando City Reporter

By Shae Beaudoin // @ShaeEliz

We’ve been faced with radio silence from Orlando City SC following the deadline for options. With 12 spots opening up as a result of Kaká’s retirement, expired contracts, and declined options, fans have been left begging for news. Finally, our answers came yesterday.

First up, City signed Miami FC striker Stefano Pinho. Miami, you might recall, is on the shortlist for the next MLS expansion team and beat Orlando City 3-1 during last year’s Open Cup. Oh yeah, and all 3 of those goals were scored by Pinho. If you can’t beat ‘em, sign ‘em. Pinho will likely fill the attacking position left behind by Kaká.

The second player is R. J. Allen, previous right back for NYCFC. Allen joined NYCFC halfway through their inaugural season in 2015, started a majority of games in 2016, but saw a little less field time in 2017. While I feel Orlando set up a pretty solid defensive line at the start of last season, injuries messed us up on more than one occasion, so maybe this addition to our backline will be the extra push we need. Orlando City gained R. J. Allen, NYCFC gained third-round draft pick for the SuperDraft (January 19, 2018).

And to conclude today’s announcements, City resigned Dillon Powers. We picked up Powers partway through the 2017 season, as a trade from the Colorado Rapids, but we didn’t see much out of him. He only made 6 appearances this season, some of which were just in the final minutes of the second half, so I don’t think we really got to see what Powers has to offer.

Initially, Orlando City declined his option for the 2018 season. But perhaps due to recent budget increases across MLS, City was able to renegotiate his contract to keep him on board. Hopefully next season we can see what he’s got.

To wrap this up, though it’s not signing news, Monday also brought about the announcement that Orlando City Stadium is going to host the MLS Player Combine. The Combine is where all the fresh, young talent shows what they’ve got in hopes of being included in the draft. We’re talking college players, high school players and international players.

They will be performing in front of representatives of all 22 clubs, including next year’s newbie, LAFC, in January ahead of the MLS SuperDraft. This Combine is what landed Cyle Larin as the number one draft pick in 2015.

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