Orlando City

5 things to watch as Orlando City play a midweek match at NYCFC

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Orlando City (14-6-8, 50 points) at New York City FC (6-10-13, 31 points)

When: Wednesday, 7:30 PM

Where: Citi Field, Queens, New York

Radio: 96.9 The Game (English), AcciĂłn 97.9 FM (Spanish)

Making History

Orlando City forward Ramiro Enrique took the Lions to victory late in stoppage time on the weekend, securing his first career brace in MLS while also becoming the first player in Club history to score the game-tying goal and the game-winner. Enrique bagged his second assist as a Lion on Facundo Torres’ finish during the high-scoring match, becoming the third player in Orlando history to score two goals and one assist in the same match since 2019.  Enrique’s performance earned him both MLS Team of the Matchday and Player of the Matchday honors becoming the first Lion to do so since 2021 and joining Nani, Kaká and Cyle Larin as the fourth Orlando player to win Player of the Matchday.

Keeping it 100

Saturday’s win over the Crew marked a historic moment for Orlando City as the Club notched its 100th MLS regular-season win since joining the league as an expansion side in 2015. The Lions reached the milestone at Exploria Stadium in a seven-goal thriller with City taking down the Columbus Crew 4-3. The win extends their home unbeaten streak to 11 straight matches, propelling the Club to second place in the Eastern Conference with just eight points separating the Lions and current Supporters’ Shield leaders FC Cincinnati.

Road Warriors

Orlando City faces a quick turnaround traveling to Queens, NY for a mid-week match with New York City FC. Orlando is the league’s best team on the road to this point in the season, with seven away wins, taking its most recent away victory from the Supporters’ Shield-leading FC Cincinnati. City’s last matchup against the Pigeons resulted in a draw 1-1 at Exploria Stadium.

Tincho Time 

Midfielder Martín Ojeda recorded his sixth goal across all competitions in the Club’s most recent win, also tallying his ninth assist of the year on Facundo Torres’ second-half finish. With that, he made history as the only Lion in Club history to record both a goal and an assist in four matches in a single season. Ojeda’s contributions to Saturday's victory earned him Team of the Matchday honors alongside fellow Lion Ramiro Enrique.

El Cuervo

Forward Facundo Torres notched his 21st goal as a Lion across all competitions, with the 73rd-minute finish serving as his 12th of the year, tying him with former Lion Kaká for third place on Orlando City’s all-time scoring list. The Uruguayan international has logged five goals across his past five matches and currently sits only two goals back from the MLS Golden Boot lead. Torres finished off the night by redirecting a cross to set up Ramiro Enrique for the game-winning goal.

Milestone Tracker

  • Facundo Torres’ next goal will give him sole possession of third place on the Lions’ all-time scoring list.
  • Mauricio Pereyra’s next assist will give him double-digit helpers in three consecutive seasons. Pereyra has 44 career assists for Orlando City, 18 more than the next closest player.
  • Oscar Pareja is one win away from 60 as Orlando City’s Head Coach.