FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (June 15, 2022) - Orlando City SC (6-5-4, 22 points) took a point in its return to play from the international break, battling to a 1-1 draw with the New England Revolution (5-5-5, 20 points) on Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium.
The match saw defender Robin Jansson score his first goal of the year, now with five in all competitions as a Lion. Jansson became the fifth defender to find the back of the net this campaign for the side, joining João Moutinho, Ruan, Rodrigo Schlegel and Kyle Smith all with finishes this season.
In addition, forward Tesho Akindele tallied his 100th Club appearance on the night, entering the game in second half stoppage time. Akindele joins former Orlando City players Cristian Higuita, Chris Mueller and teammate Robin Jansson at the century mark, becoming the fourth player in Club history to reach such a milestone.
Head Coach Oscar Pareja:
“I think it was a well played game. We have the sensation that it could have been more than a point. In certain moments we pushed and had to keep pushing, but we found in New England today a team that wanted to play the transitions, their players were dangerous there, and I think we controlled them. [It was] well played by the players. The effort after 16 days without playing was much, much better and the rhythm was better than I thought and we’ll be ready for the next one.”
22’ Carles Gil (Gustavo Bou, Wiflrid Kaptoum) - NE 1, ORL 0
The Revolution opened the scoring in Foxborough on Wednesday night, with New England’s Carles Gil receiving a forward ball from Gustavo Bou. Gil carried the ball forward towards City’s defensive line and fired a curler from outside the box into the left corner of the net.
35’ Robin Jansson - ORL 1, NE 1
The Lions equalized with 10 minutes left before the halftime break. Defender Robin Jansson picked up a deflected ball in New England’s box and drove to the endline before firing the ball low across the face of goal and into the lower right corner of the Revolution net.
- Robin Jansson scored his first goal of the campaign on the evening. The finish marked the seventh goal by an Orlando City defender this season, with Jansson joining João Moutinho (2), Ruan (2), Rodrigo Schlegel (1) and Kyle Smith (1) with scores in 2022.
- Tesho Akindele tallied his 100th appearance as a Lion across all competitions, entering the game in second half stoppage time. Akindele becomes the fourth Orlando City player to join the century club, joining former Lions Cristian Higuita and Chris Mueller, as well as teammate Robin Jansson.
- João Moutinho set a new-career high in minutes played in a single campaign, surpassing his previous mark of 1290 in the 34th minute of play. Moutinho leads the Lions with 1347 minutes logged in 2022.
- Andrés Perea tallied his 70th appearance as a Lion, entering the game in the 78th minute for Mauricio Pereyra.
- Alexandre Pato recorded his 20th appearance for Orlando City in the match.
- Head Coach Oscar Pareja made four changes to his starting lineup from the side’s last match prior to the international break, with Rodrigo Schlegel, César Araújo, Facundo Torres and Alexandre Pato all reentering the fold.
Next Match: The Lions return home to host Houston Dynamo FC on Saturday, June 18 in a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff at Exploria Stadium.