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MLS: Orlando City Celebrate 100th Regular Season Win

Jae Fortune

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Orlando City’s victory over Columbus on Saturday, marks a couple important milestones for the Lions.

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First and foremost, the Lion put on a show for the Exploria Stadium faithful on Saturday night. Orlando City was down by two goals early, well into the second half of the game. That’s when Martín Ojeda, Iván Angulo and Felipe Martins checked into the game, finding the back of the net, and tying things up at 1-1.

However, Orlando’s defense remained shaky, as they gave up the lead late once more. With the Lion down 3-1, midfielder Martín Ojeda connected with the 22-year old phenome Ramiro Enrique, who set up Facundo Torres for the thundering strike on target, 3-2 advantage for Columbus. The Lions would balance things out again, after a free kick strike, courtesy of Enrique.

But the best moment of a great night for the electrifying Argentine striker came in the final minutes. Standing the middle of the box, surrounded by yellow jerseys, Ramiro Enrique rebounded another free kick, and finessed the game-wining goal in a story-book ending for the Lions.

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With that thrilling performance, the Lions extend their home game winning-streak to 11-straight games. Sitting comfortably in the East, behind only first-place Cincinnati in points, and win-lose total.

As Inter Miami appears to be returning to Earth, and the legendary Lionel Messi appears to be enjoying a well-deserve rest, the window to League Cup glory appears to be cracked open for Orlando City.

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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?

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

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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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