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Orlando City Made the Playoffs with Dramatic Game-Winning Penalty Score by Torres

Kevyn Bryant II

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Orlando City SC and Columbus Crew was a match to watch. In their last 5 games against each other Orlando City SC won 4 out of 5 matches while Columbus Crew was able to win only 1. Before we get into an in-depth analysis of how Orlando City SC conquered the game against Columbus Crew let us first see how the game went. The game was tied up until the 83rd minute while in the 84th minute they got a penalty and Facundo Torres scored it! The scenes on the final match day were absolutely crazy. Orlando City SC qualified and earned their spot in the playoff berth.

Orlando City SC was seen to be more brutal as they racked up 6 yellow cards but were careful enough not to get a red card as it would put them at a disadvantage. The goalkeeper has to be given credit where it is due. The goalie of Orlando City SC saved 5 goals and kept Orlando City SC in the game. The first half was absolutely dominated by Columbus Crew as they scored one goal in that half and became 1-0. Orlando City SC was now seeming closer and closer to being eliminated and their chances of getting a place in the playoff berth seemed dull. However, when the second half began the intent of the players changed, it looked like the coach’s halftime pep talk worked for Orlando City SC.

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The players showed dedication and it could be seen that they meant to win the match as it was a do or die for them. They finally scored a goal in the 56th minute. Júnior Urso (Orlando City SC) made a right-footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner that was assisted by Mauricio Pereyra. After this goal attempts at goals and tackles as well increased from both sides because whoever won this match would have secured their position in the playoff berth. In the final 10 minutes, Orlando City SC starts pushing the ball into the opponent’s half and putting pressure on them. They were hoping to either score a goal through their own push or make sure the opponent makes a mistake and then they stump their mistakes. Well, that is exactly what happened.

Columbus Crew’s player Milos Degenek was the victim of the mistake as he caused the only handball of the match. Unlucky for him that was right inside the D of their half. Orlando City got a penalty and Facundo Torres came up to take it. He did exactly what was expected of him, he converted the penalty and gave Orlando City SC the lead.
Winning only 13, losing 14, and drawing 6 games. Orlando City SC had to win their 14th game in order to qualify for the playoff berth. They struggled for the entire season with only two of their players stepping up on various occasions. Our Orlando City SC is back to playoffs!

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Cavalry Defeated as Orlando City Makes History

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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?

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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

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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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