While Orlando City’s first team was on the road this past weekend, battling for a 2-2 draw against the Montreal Impact, seven of the team’s players featured in international friendlies against top teams such as Argentina, England and Denmark.
Check out the recaps below to see how each player fared during the FIFA International Friendly window:
Trinidad and Tobago 0 – Panama 1
Playmaker Kevin Molino played the full 90 for Trinidad as they fell 1-0 to a tough Panama side in a Gold Cup warm up match. Molino and the Soca Warriors went behind when Roman Torres nodded home a header in the 16th minute of play, giving the Central Americans the lead. Molino had a penalty appeal in the first half after being brought down in the box, but the referee waved play-on.
U-20 Portugal MNT 2 – 0 U-20 Uzbekistan MNT
Orlando City defender Rafael Ramos and midfielder Estrela both featured in Portugal’s 2-0 win over Uzbekistan on Friday, March 27. Ramos started and played the entire 90 minutes, while Estrela was brought on in the 57th minute, helping to kick-start Portugal’s attack as they scored two goals in 10 minutes (69’ and 79’). Ramos and Estrela will be back in action for Portugal on Tuesday, March 31, when they take on the U-20 Uruguay National Team.
Canada 1 – Guatemala 0
Cyle Larin entered the match in the 81st minute to help secure Canada’s crucial 1-0 victory over Guatemala at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. The cap marked the 19-year-old’s fourth appearance at the senior level. Larin and Canada continue their friendly matches tonight when they battle Puerto Rico at Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.
El Salvador 0 – 2 Argentina
Twenty-five year-old Darwin Cerén made his 24th international appearance on Saturday, March 28, as his native country El Salvador faced Argentina before nearly 54,000 people at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. The combative defensive midfielder played the full 90 in his team’s 2-0 loss against the 2014 FIFA World Cup Runner-Ups.
Although Argentine superstar Lionel Messi did not feature in the match, the South American’s roster included players such as Carlos Tevez, Gonzalo Higuian, Angel Di Maria, and Ezequiel Lavezzi.
USA 2 – Denmark 3
Brek Shea played 45 minutes for the U.S. Men’s National Team in their 3-2 loss to Denmark in Aarhus. Shea, who has spent the early portion of 2015 playing as a left-back for Orlando City, came on for Fabian Johnson at left-wing in the second half. The red, white and blue will conclude their friendlies with a match against Switzerland – one of the eight seeded teams in the 2014 World Cup – on March 31 in Zurich. The fixture will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and UniMas at 12 p.m. ET.
U-20 U.S. MNT 1 – 2 U-20 England MNT
Defender Conor Donovan came on as a second half substitute (75’) in the U-20 U.S. Men’s National Team’s 2-1 loss to England’s U-20 side loss in Plymouth, England on Sunday afternoon. England jumped ahead to a 2-0 lead, scoring in the 44th and 68th minutes in front of over 11,000 fans. In the 74th minute, U.S. forward Maki Tall scored his first international goal to bring the visitors within one.