Orlando City at Richmond Kickers

Match Recap: Orlando City at Richmond Kickers

Team                1    2    Final
Richmond Kickers    0    0    0
Orlando City        0    2    2

Scoring Summary:
OC – Ian Fuller 1 (Jamie Watson 1) 61
OC - Anthony Pulis 1 (penalty kick) 90

Misconduct Summary:
OC - Kevin Molino (Caution, Reckless Foul) 31
RIC – Michael Callahan (Caution; Reckless Foul) 69

Orlando City – Miguel Gallardo, Jerome Mechack, Kyle Davies, Rob Valentino, Luke Boden, Anthony Pulis, James O’Connor, Kevin Molino (Erik Ustruck 90), John Rooney (Ian Fuller 60), Jamie Watson (Charlie Campbell 72), Matt Luzunaris (Dennis Chin 60)

Substitutes not used: 
Sean Kelley, Wes Allen, Max Griffin

Richmond Kickers – Ronnie Pascale, Henry Kalungi, William Yomby, Shane Johnson, Sascha Goerres, Ryan Heins, Michael Callahan (Gerson Dos Santos 75), Luke Vercollone, Stanley Nyazamba (Nozomi Hiroyama 75), Jason Yeisley (David Bulow 13 (Edson Elcock 46)), Matthew Delicate

Referee – Mark Gorak
Referee’s Assistants – James Conlee, Matthew Franz
4th Official – Jeff Davis

Match Facts:
Time of Game – 7:00 p.m.
Weather – Rain, match delayed 40 minutes due to lightning
Attendance - 3,169

Richmond, Va. - Orlando City Soccer Club continued its winning ways with a 2-0 road victory over the Richmond Kickers at City Stadium in Richmond, Va.  The match was delayed for 40 minutes due to lightning before Luke Boden put the Lions ahead in the 61st minute.  Anthony Pulis added an insurance goal from the penalty spot in the game’s final moments.

Orlando and Richmond traded shots in the opening minutes, with Matt Luzunaris leading the attack for the Lions.  Jamie Watson had a near goal in the 29th minute, but his chip attempt went high.  City keeper Miguel Gallardo was pressed into service several times in the opening 30 minutes, but the reigning USL PRO Goalkeeper of the Year stood firm and kept a clean sheet in the opening half.

Halftime saw the skies open up in Richmond, spoiling the jersey retirement ceremony of Kickers legend Mike Burke.  Just as the second half started, it stopped.  In the 52nd minute, lightning delayed the match approximately 40 minutes.

When the match resumed, the match resumed its back-and-forth pace.  Orlando started the wave of attacks, with Rob Valentino missing wide on a corner kick attempt.  The Kickers returned the favor with two close shots.  It was Ian Fuller who final broke the deadlock in the 61st minute, putting in Jamie Watson’s service from another corner kick.  Fuller had just come for John Rooney a minute prior.

Orlando City remained on the attack for the rest of the match, but the Kickers never quit.  Gallardo was again forced into action in the 71st minute, but Orlando’s keeper made back-to-back spectacular saves to keep the Lions in the lead.  

As the match wound down, Dennis Chin was pulled down in the box by Kickers keeper Ronnie Pascale.  Chin still managed to get his shot off, hitting the crossbar.  The referee award a penalty kick.  Anthony Pulis put the game on ice with his conversion.  Moments later, the final whistle blew.

Orlando City and Richmond meet again next week to finish off the season series.  The second leg will take place in Orlando.  Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are still available, and can be purchased by calling 855-ORL-CITY or visitingwww.orlandocitysoccer.com. 


UPDATE: April 17, 2020 - Based on the most recent government guidance, Major League Soccer has extended the postponement of its matches until at least June 8. Major League Soccer remains focused on playing the entire 2020 season, and is evaluating all options, including pushing back the end of the season and playing MLS Cup in December or later. Throughout this process, MLS will continue to prioritize the safety of our fans, players, employees and partners and to coordinate with federal and local public health authorities as well as other sporting organizations.