MELBOURNE, Fla. (May 22, 2016) – Orlando City B (3-5-2, 11 points) defeated the defending United Soccer League (USL) champion Rochester Rhinos (4-2-2, 14 points) 2-1. Orlando City SC loanee Hadji Barry opened his scoring account with a brace for the Lions while defender Conor Donovan played his first full 90-minute performance since recovering from a knee injury suffered last August.
“Pleasing performance. Good result. I think it’s no mean feat to beat the reigning champions here at home. They’ve been on a good run and they’ve kept a lot of clean sheets so to score two was pleasing,” OCB head coach Anthony Pulis said. “I’m delighted that [Hadji Barry] got his first two goals for us. I’m pleased. I thought the boys played some good stuff tonight.”
After starting the match with majority of possession and threatening the Rhinos in the final third, OCB opened the scoring in the 41st minute. Midfielder Tony Rocha recovered the ball in midfield and found Barry in behind the Rochester back line, and the 2016 MLS SuperDraft first-round selection slotted it past goalkeeper Adam Grinwis for his first goal with the Lions.
Barry continued his strong evening in the second half, consistently getting open for passes from the midfield and making dangerous runs into the box. The Guinean’s offensive efforts resulted in the game-winning goal in the 57th minute, when his powerful low strike from 20 yards out found the back of the net.
Despite the defending champion’s attempts to come back, reducing the lead in the 86th minute from the penalty spot, City managed to maintain control of possession and secure points for the third time in their past four home fixtures.
OCB returns to action when it hosts the Charlotte Independence on Saturday, May 28, at Titan Soccer Complex. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. E.T. Tickets to all City home matches are available at OrlandoCitySC.com or by calling 855-ORL-CITY.
OCB - Hadji Barry (Tony Rocha) 41’
OCB - Hadji Barry 57’
ROC - Steevan Dos Santos (PK) 86’
ROC - Michael Garzi (Yellow Card) 42’
ROC - Vasileios Apostolopoulos (Yellow Card) 74’
OCB - Tyler Turner (Yellow Card) 90’
Orlando City SC - GK Mark Ridgers, D Tyler Turner, Conor Donovan, Devron García, Mikey Ambrose, M Tony Rocha, Andrew Ribeiro, Lewis Neal (Johnny Mendoza 60’), Pierre Da Silva, F Richie Laryea (Marius Obekop 83’), Hadji Barry (Michael Cox 69’)
Substitutes: GK Jake Fenlason, D Kyle McFadden, Zach Hayden, F Bryan Róchez
Rochester Rhinos - GK Adam Grinwis, D Bradley Kamdem, Vasileios Apostolopoulos, Wal Fall, Dominic Samuel, M Sean Totsch (Ryan James 65’), Kenardo Forbes (Marcos Ugarte 65’), Michael Garzi (Andrew Fortune 83’), Sofiane Tergou (Michael Guilavogui 65’), F Christian Volesky (Asani Samuels 66’), Steevan Dos Santos
Substitutes: GK Tomas Gomez, D Jordan Becker
Details of the Game
Time: 7:30 p.m. E.T.
May 22, 2016
OCB - 6
ROC - 7
OCB - 1
ROC - 3
OCB - 6
ROC - 0