COLUMBUS, Ohio (April 15, 2022) - Orlando City B (1-2-1, 5 points) dropped its second match in a row, falling 2-0 to host Columbus Crew 2 on Friday night. The match saw OCB debuts for three players, with MLS Homegrown Mikey Halliday and newly-signed midifielder Victor Yan starting the game, while Niecer Acosta made his debut as a 66th minute substitute.

Despite OCB generating a pair of strong scoring opportunities near the end of the first half, Crew 2 got on the board at the end of that stanza and added another on the other side of the break. 

OCB will now see nine days off, next hosting New England Revolution II in a doubleheader with Orlando City SC on April 24 at Exploria Stadium. 

Scoring Recap:

45+3’ Jacen Russell-Rowe (Mohamed Farsi) - CLB 1, OCB 0

The home side got on the board just before the halftime break, with Mohamed Farsi sending a long cross in, finding Jacen Russell-Rowe at the goalmouth to send it home. 

81’ Erik Hurtado (Mohamed Farsi) - CLB 2, OCB 0

The Crew doubled things up with less than 10 minutes to go after Mohamed Farsi sent Erik Hurtado in on a through ball, with Farsi picking up his second assist on the night with the goal. 

Match Notes:

  • After being signed by the Club on Thursday, Victor Yan made his Orlando City B debut on Friday, starting in the match in the midfield. 
  • Like Yan, Niecer Acosta became eligible for selection this week, receiving his ITC ahead of the Columbus match. He made his debut for Orlando in the 66th minute, entering as a substitute for Nick Taylor. 
  • MLS Homegrown defender Mikey Halliday also made his first appearance of the year with OCB, starting the match on the backline and playing through the first half. 
  • Goalkeeper Javier Otero finished the night with three saves in goal. 

Next Match: Orlando City B will hit the pitch at Exploria Stadium on Sunday, April 24, facing New England Revolution II in what will serve as a doubleheader with the MLS first team. Orlando City SC kicks off first, with OCB facing the Revs at 6:30 p.m.