VIDEO: Orlando City Defeats NYC To Keep Playoff Hopes Alive
By Orlando City Soccer // October 16, 2015
ABOVE VIDEO: ORLANDO DEFEATS NEW YORK CITY FC, 2-1. Rookie Cyle Larin scored both goals to keep the Lions’ playoff hopes alive.
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – Orlando City SC (12-13-8, 44 points) staged a dramatic second half comeback on the back of two goals from rookie Cyle Larin to defeat fellow expansion side New York City FC 2-1 Friday night.
The result extended the Club’s winning streak to five matches, giving the Lions a full head of steam going into its final regular season game against the Union in Philadelphia on Oct. 25.
Orlando City controlled much of the first half of play, attacking NYCFC relentlessly in the final third. The Lions outshot New York 8-5 in the first half, and controlled overall possession by a margin of 54-46. Despite the offensive effort, New York was able to sneak in a goal minutes before the end of the 45 on a rebound by Kwame Watson-Siriboe, following a questionable corner kick call.
At the start of the second half, Orlando City increased its attacking pressure and finally found the back of the net for the equalizer. Corey Ashe travelled up the right side of the field and delivered a perfect cross which Cyle Larin redirected past the outstretched arms of NYCFC goalkeeper Josh Saunders. Eight minutes later, Larin registered his second goal after receiving the ball from Adrian Winter. Winter’s initial shot was saved by Bush, but the Swiss international shuffled the rebound to an open Larin for the easy tap in. Larin is now tied for third in MLS with 17 goals on the season.
Goalkeeper Josh Ford made his MLS debut in the 84th minute, entering the game for Tally Hall, who injured his right knee. Following the victory, the Lions’ players and coaching staff took a lap around the field to thank the fans who supported the Club so feverishly in its inaugural season.
“Obviously we’re delighted with the result. It’s never easy winning a game of football that you know you have to win, and I thought the response of the players was incredible,” said Heath. “The desire of the guys to go and get a result was absolutely incredible. I’m pleased for every single one of them. They’ve been unbelievable the past few weeks and we’re going to take it to the last game. And as I always say, we have the best fans in the league. For us to have this support after one year in the league, is incredible and they never cease to amaze me. They were there again tonight and I thought the atmosphere was electric in the stadium. I couldn’t be more proud of our supporters.”