Tag Archives: The Wall

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

Shae Beaudoin - Orlando City SC/mlsfemale
Official Orlando City Reporter

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?

Featured image courtesy: Shae Beaudoin

Follow and chat with me on Twitter // @ShaeEliz

Check us out on Instagram @mlsfemale

MLSFemale logo trans 100x

Kaká Announces Retirement – Orlando City FC

Shae Beaudoin - Orlando City/mlsfemale
Official Orlando City Reporter

By Shae Beaudoin // @ShaeEliz

Well, it’s official. Ricardo Kaká has officially announced his retirement. Most recently, Kaká held the position of captain at Orlando City from the team’s inaugural season in 2015 up until the conclusion of the 2017 season, where he announced it would be his final year with the team.

At the time, it was unclear if he would continue to play. Though he made it clear it was his last MLS game, rumors flew that he would go play for a team in Brazil or perhaps head back overseas. He actually received (and turned down) offers from his former clubs, São Paulo and Milan. We can now put all rumors to rest, as Kaká took to social media today to announce that this chapter of his life is closing.

The 35-year old soccer star gave this brief but sweet message:

In his time with Orlando, Kaká made 75 appearances, scoring 24 goals and providing 22 assists. Prior to Orlando, the star also played for São Paulo, Milan, and Real Madrid, as well as made several appearances for the Brazilian National Team. He also made an appearance in the 2017 MLS All-Star Game.

His victories include one time FIFA Ballon D’Or winner, one time UEFA Best Player in Europe, one time FIFA World Cup winner, one time Champions League winner, one time Spanish Champion, two time Confederations Cup winner, three times Player of the Year and many more.

On behalf of the Orlando City community, I thank Kaká for all the time, effort, and hope he’s given us. There’s truly nothing like the spirit of Orlando City’s fans. I feel Kaká played a huge part of it, especially when he joined the fans in The Wall this past season following a Red Card suspension for foolish play with his former teammate, Aurelien Collin.

He will surely be missed. Wishing you the best in retirement, Kaká!

Featured image courtesy: @OrlandoCitySC

Follow and chat with me on twitter // @ShaeEliz

Check us out on instagram @mlsfemale