PHOTOS: MLS Orlando City draw with Revoultion

By on May 10, 2015

 

Lee Nguyen [24] of the Revoulution gets away from City's  Aurelien Collin (photo WILL OGBURN)

Lee Nguyen [24] of the Revolution gets away from City’s Aurelien Collin (photo WILL OGBURN)

“We’ll get a lot of confidence from this”, said Coach Adrian Heath at the presser following Orlando City’s (2-4-3 9 pts) 2-2 tie against the New England Revolution (5-2-3 18 pts). The Lions offense exploded in the waning minutes, scoring both goals in the final 15 minutes of play.

 

The first half was largely controlled by New England, who played the majority of the period on Orlando City’s side of the pitch. The Revolution’s aggressive style, combined with strong play by their forwards seemed to overwhelm the Lions early. New England limited Orlando City to four shots in the first half, while attempting seven of their own.

Oralndo's Luke Boden (purple) turns to challenge New England Teal Bunbury.  (photo WILL OGBURN)

Oralndo’s Luke Boden (purple) turns to challenge New England Teal Bunbury. (photo WILL OGBURN)

In the 19th minute, one such shot from forward Charlie Davies sailed through the irons to give the away side an early lead. Despite an uninspired first half, the solid back line of Orlando City held it’s ground and allowed the club to regroup in the second.

 

Just as The Revolution set the pace of the first, the Lions controlled the second – though the scoreboard wouldn’t reflect it until late. Displaying what coach Heath called “mental toughness”, Orlando City held the edge in nearly every major statistical category. The once-quiet offense began to move the ball more effectively, winning 66% of the possession of the period. The once-maligned midfield disrupted passes and counterattacked more fluidly to hold the Revolution to only a single shot in the second half.

Luke Boden and Teal Bunbury battle for possession.   (photo WILL OGBURN)

Luke Boden and Teal Bunbury battle for possession. (photo WILL OGBURN)

The only things missing were the goals. When New England’s second goal of the night hit the back of the net, only the most rabid purple supporters saw the game as anything but a loss – little did they know that the show was just beginning.

 

Only four minutes after the Citrus Bowl-deflating shot, it was Cyle Larin that answered. The stadium erupted with hope as Larin sent a pass from Rafael Ramos just under the crossbar to cut the deficit to one.

Jermaine Jones [13] and Eric Avila  (photo WILL OGBURN)

Jermaine Jones [13] and Eric Avila (photo WILL OGBURN)

The Lions now attacked at a fever pitch. New England’s back line, headed by US World Cup star Jermaine Jones, held back wave after wave of purple advances.

 

As stoppage time was called, Kaka rallied his troops, directing traffic and yelling commands for the final run. What ensued was a frantic, scrambling goal by Aurelien Collin, off of an assist by fellow defender Luke Boden. The Supporter clubs went insane as Orlando City capped off its comeback. The same defensemen that held steady during the first half would flip the field and become attackers ­– accounting for ¾ of the players scoring and assisting for Orlando City.

 

The Lions travel to D.C. on Wednesday (5/13) before returning home to the Citrus Bowl on Sunday (5/17).

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KAKA makes his move (photo WILL OGBURN)

KAKA makes his move (photo WILL OGBURN)

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Some of the crowd of  27,243 (photo WILL OGBURN)

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Seb Hines [3]  (photo WILL OGBURN)

Seb Hines [3] (photo WILL OGBURN)

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Revolution midfielder [24] Lee Nguyen defended by Seb Hines.  (photo WILL OGBURN)

Revolution midfielder [24] Lee Nguyen defended by Seb Hines. (photo WILL OGBURN)

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Orlando goalkeeper DONOVAN RICKETTS (photo WILL OGBURN)

Orlando goalkeeper DONOVAN RICKETTS (photo WILL OGBURN)

KAKA (photo WILL OGBURN)

KAKA (photo WILL OGBURN)

Charlie Davies (9) and Teal Bundy celebrate (photo WILL OGBURN)

Charlie Davies (9) and Teal Bundy celebrate (photo WILL OGBURN)

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Jermaine Jones (photo WILL OGBURN)

Jermaine Jones (photo WILL OGBURN)

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Kaka (photo WILL OGBURN)

Kaka (photo WILL OGBURN)

Zahary Herivaux (photo WILL OGBURN)

Zahary Herivaux (photo WILL OGBURN)

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SEB HINES (photo WILL OGBURN)

SEB HINES (photo WILL OGBURN)

Brek Shea [20] (photo WILL OGBURN)

Brek Shea [20] & London Woodberry  (photo WILL OGBURN)

Jermaine Jones high off the ground (photo WILL OGBURN)

Jermaine Jones high off the ground (photo WILL OGBURN)

Kaka (10) and Scott Caldwell (6) (photo WILL OGBURN)

Kaka (10) and Scott Caldwell (6) (photo WILL OGBURN)

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Jermaine Jones (photo WILL OGBURN)

Jermaine Jones (photo WILL OGBURN)

Jermaine Jones (photo WILL OGBURN)

Jermaine Jones (photo WILL OGBURN)

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Kaka (100 and Andrew Dorman (photo WILL OGBURN)

Kaka (100 and Andrew Dorman (photo WILL OGBURN)

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Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth (photo WILL OGBURN)

Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth (photo WILL OGBURN)

Jermaine Jones (photo WILL OGBURN)

Jermaine Jones (photo WILL OGBURN)

 

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