Orlando City Picks Up ‘W’ In Portland 2-0
By Jhamie Chin, Orlando City // April 13, 2015
Orlando City Records Their Second Win
ORLANDO – Orlando City Soccer Club (2-2-2, 8 points) produced its second victory of the 2015 season, defeating the venerable Portland Timbers (1-2-3, 6 points) 2-0 at Providence Park to snap the Timbers’ seven game unbeaten streak at home, dating back to the 2014 season.
In addition, the win slides Orlando into third place in the Eastern Conference.
Despite playing in one of the most intimidating atmospheres in Major League Soccer (MLS), Orlando City managed to stun the crowd early in the match, scoring first in the 30th minute.
“Overall, I’m a firm believer of ‘you get out what you put in,’ and these guys have put so much in during the past few weeks with not a lot of reward. Today, I thought the guys got a bit of payback for maybe D.C. or Vancouver,” said head coach Adrian Heath.
“This is a terrific place to come and play football. These are the environments that you want to come and play in, and I’m just so pleased for our players that they’ve come and quited them just a bit.”
The goal was the result of continuous pressure from City throughout out the first half, marking the first professional goal for rookie striker Cyle Larin, who cleverly chested Molino’s cross in the back of the net to become the youngest player to score in the Club’s brief MLS history.
“The finish was fantastic because there was no way he was going to be able to control the ball and shoot in that tight of an area,” continued Heath. “It was a really good improvisation on his part and I think that will be the first of many for him in MLS.”
The Timbers made more of a concerted effort to venture forward in second 45, but Kaká provided additional cushion for the visitors late in the match, converting from 12 yards away.
The Lions were awarded the penalty when second half substitute Carlos Rivas was brought down in the box.
Kaká’s initial effort was saved by Timbers goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey, but the playmaker calmly slotted his second strike down the middle, after being granted another attempt due to encroachment in the box by defensive midfielder Diego Chara.