VIDEO: Orlando City Fights Back On the Road For A Draw Against New York City FC 2-2
By Orlando City SC // May 30, 2016
Orlando City Returns Home Saturday, June 18
ABOVE VIDEO: In its third match in eight days, Orlando City SC (3-3-7, 16 points) used a second-half comeback to earn a point against New York City FC (4-4-6, 18 points). Júlio Baptista’s first MLS goal and Kevin Molino’s stoppage time header secured a 2-2 draw and the Lions’ fourth point in two matches at Yankee Stadium.
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – In its third match in eight days, Orlando City SC (3-3-7, 16 points) used a second-half comeback to earn a point against New York City FC (4-4-6, 18 points). Júlio Baptista’s first MLS goal and Kevin Molino’s stoppage time header secured a 2-2 draw and the Lions’ fourth point in two matches at Yankee Stadium.
“I’m obviously delighted. I thought we deserved it. I thought it was a really good team performance,” Lions head coach Adrian Heath said.
“We knew that they were going to come out firing because of their result last week and they had a couple good looks in the first half but I thought the team worked really, really hard. I was pleased because it’s never easy. We’ve lost five players that would normally start for us and being in the third game in eight days. We’ve taken five points, so I’m delighted.”
New York City opened the scoring in the 42nd minute when Frederic Brillant headed in a RJ Allen chip pass to the far post. NYC added to their lead in the 66th minute when Andrea Pirlo lofted a ball in for David Villa, who found the back of the net.
Much like they did on Wednesday against Philadelphia, Heath’s adjustments immediately changed the tone of the match as the Lions broke through just 13 minutes after the first substitution. Molino made a clever spin move in the 72nd minute to find space to feed Baptista in the box. “The Beast” turned toward the inside and fired a shot inside the near post to draw City within one.
Orlando City again turned up the pressure in search of the equalizer.
After denying a threatening NYC attack, Carlos Rivas sprinted up the left wing and drove a curling ball to Larin, who headed it back across the area. Molino flew through the air to head the ball off the bar and in on the last touch of the game, earning Molino his first Major League Soccer multi-point game.
The goal was the Lions’ fifth of the season scored in the 90th minute or later. Orlando City leads the league with 13 goals scored in the final 30 minutes.
Orlando City was short several key players, including Darwin Cerén, Cristian Higuita, Rafael Ramos, David Mateos and captain Kaká, who was called up to the Brazilian national team for next month’s Copa América Centenario.
Orlando City returns to the Camping World Stadium after the Copa America Centenario break on Saturday, June 18, to host the San Jose Earthquakes at 7:30 p.m. E.T.