On Sunday night, Orlando City took on the defending MLS champions in what would prove to be a competitive, high scoring match. From the moment the players stepped onto the pitch to the final whistle of the night, the beating of drums and the chanting voices of all 31,114 fans poured out of the Citrus Bowl. Head Coach Adrian Heath and many of Orlando City’s star players thanked the fans for their unwavering support.
“Hats off to our fans,” Coach Heath said after the match. “Thought it was an incredible crowd, considering it’s late on a Sunday night.”
The match held a lot for Orlando City. Aside from beating the Portland Timbers 4-1, the evening saw Kevin Molino’s first MLS goal and Brek Shea’s first goal with the Lions. Both players acknowledged the amazing support of the fans. “They come out every week,” Shea said. “And help us get results.”
Moving forward, Coach Heath and his team have faith that the amazing supporters will continue to carry them through the season. Even the defending champions were no match for the sounds of the Citrus Bowl.
“It’s always nice to get the first win at home,” said Heath. “If we believe in what we’re trying to do and we play with that same intensity… certainly in this place, with our supporters behind us, it’s a pretty formidable force to deal with.”