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New York City FC Spoils Playoff Chances for our Home Team Orlando City

Kevyn Bryant II

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Orlando City won’t be able to secure a spot in the MLS Cup playoffs in 2022 if the scenario plays out as it did Saturday night at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ. The Lions (13-13-6, 45 points) relinquished a 1-0 second-half advantage and lost 2-1 to New York City FC (15-11-7, 52 points). It was the first time this year that NYCFC won at the venue, which is the home of NYCFC.

Alex Callens and Talles Magno erased Facundo Torres’s goal to give the champion a 3-2 lead in Orlando City SC’s 5-3 loss to New York City FC on Sunday. The result sinks a painful dagger into Orlando’s hopes of hosting a postseason match (but doesn’t eliminate the possibility), ensures that the worst team in the league will be playing at home in the playoffs, and complicates the Lions’ last two games (which they will also have to play on the road).

Despite having two more weeks of rest, center-back Robin Jansson (lower leg) was still out for Pareja’s lineup, which was nearly a fully first-choice group. Pedro Gallese was behind a defense of Joao Moutinho, Rodrigo Schlegel, Antonio Carlos, and Ruan. Cesar Araujo started in central midfield with Junior Urso behind an attacking midfield line of Ivan Angulo, Mauricio Pereyra, and Torres. Ercan Kara was up front.

New York City FC held the advantage in possession (56.6%-43.4%) and pass precision (86.8%-80.8%), while Orlando recorded more shots (5-2) and corners (6-1). Neither team registered a shot on target during the first 45 minutes, which was rather careful.

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Orlando City will play Inter Miami on Wednesday in Fort Lauderdale, finishing the regular season on the road. Today’s loss obviously makes that match even more crucial.

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Cavalry Defeated as Orlando City Makes History

Isabella Cerqueira

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The crowd roared as history was made at the Exploria Stadium! A 3-1 score marks Orlando City’s first Champions Cup home victory and first Champion Cup series win.

Even Cavalry celebrated, as Myer Bevan achieved their first Champions Cup goal. Charles Trafford almost scored with a corner kick but missed by mere inches. Never losing hope, Bevan noticed an opening and locked in Willy Akio’s centered pass. Leading to the historic goal that ignited every player to play with new vigor.

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Luis Muriel made the opening for Nicolas Lodeiro to receive his pass and effortlessly score. Ramiro Enriquez and Kyle Smith’s final strikes led to Orlando’s undisputed victory.

Oscar Pareja, the head coach for Orlando City noted, “The way they complicated things was remarkable. Not an easy task to do after the result we got in Canada.” Continued with, “I think we all refreshed today with the group playing and those who have not played and the ones who have been resting. I’m happy now just thinking about the next game and we’ll think about the next steps in Concacaf next week.”

Ending on a 6-1 triumph, Orlando City earned their spot facing the Tigres in the Round of 16. Fans start making their bets, as they face off on March 5th.

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Can Orlando City Keep Making History Against Cavalry FC?

Isabella Cerqueira

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On February 27th, a lifelong rivalry between nations finally crowns a winner – America or Canada? The Canadian Premier League Cavalry FC debuted on American soil for the first time this season. As they face against none other but Orlando’s own Lions. Scoring 0-3, the first leg marks Orlando City’s first Champion Cup win. 

Although Orlando City remains unbeaten in Champion Cup play, nobody should underestimate Cavalry’s chances. The Lions only have a day to prepare after their match against Montreal, considering a day for recovery. Simultaneously, Cavalry FC utilizes their time by solely focusing on strategizing and preparing since arriving on Saturday. 

Cavalry FC can still send the tie to overtime by scoring 3-0. Even a 4-1 would result in Cavalry’s win. It is a rivalry nobody can miss in the second leg, as tomorrow night can finally determine who will become victorious. 

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Orlando City vs. CF Montreal: The Ultimate Stalemate

Isabella Cerqueira

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The Orlando City vs.CF Montreal match highlights the strengths and improvements necessary to carry the Lions from second place to first this season. Despite mostly holding the ball for the first half, Orlando City only made one goal within four shots. Turmoil heightened as ten fouls and multiple yellow cards were given to Duncan McGuire and Wilder Cartagena. 

Pedro Gallese earned his position as a star goalkeeper as he made five saves – four of which occurred within the beginning five minutes. Despite concerns, the Lions finished strong during the second half with a 9-1 advantage in corners. Keeping the playing field leveled, Gallese continued to stop Kwadwo Opoku’s attempts to shoot on a breakaway. 

Players and fans held bated breaths as pass after pass remained off by mere centimeters. Allowing Montreal to steal the ball and keep the scoreboard en-passed. The singular deciding factor was a penalty kick from Torres. Although he scored, it was waved off due to Jack Lynn being offside. A decision concluded from reviewing multiple video replays. 

Although heavily anticipated, this stalemate was neither a triumph nor a disappointment – but a buffer until the next match.

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