VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Orlando City SC Blanks Columbus Crew SC 2-0 In Road Contest
By Orlando City SC // July 1, 2019
Lions host Philadelphia Union on Wednesday
ABOVE VIDEO: The Columbus Crew look to get back on track as they welcome Orlando City SC to MAPFRE Stadium for Week 17 of the MLS Regular Season.
COLUMBUS, OHIO (Orlando City) – Orlando City SC (6-8-3, 21 points) shutout Columbus Crew SC (5-11-2, 17 points) on Saturday night, posting a 2-0 victory at MAPFRE Stadium.
The Lions scored a goal on each side of the half, with Chris Mueller adding his fourth of the year in the 41st minute and Tesho Akindele scoring his sixth goal on the season in league play in the 66th. Orlando captain Nani contributed on both goals, increasing his team-leading assist total to six.
Goalkeeper Brian Rowe finished with three saves en route to his fourth shutout of the year, including a full-stretch save in the 55th minute to stop a bicycle kick from Robinho from going into the back of the net.
“Obviously very pleased, it was a tough game against a good opponent,” said Orlando City Head Coach James O’Connor.
“For us to come away and to get three points was especially rewarding for the players because, not just tonight, but the level of performances, like we’ve been saying, have been very good. So to get the reward tonight was just deserved for the players…I don’t think words can do that performance justice when you look at the hard running and the intensity and the togetherness and the commitment that they’ve shown.”
Orlando City face a quick turnaround as it is set to host the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday, July 3.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET at Exploria Stadium. A free fireworks show will immediately follow the match.
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