This Week in Orlando City History | May 18th-24th

This Week in Orlando City History | May 18th-24th

Notable Matches

May 21, 2016 vs. Montreal Impact - Cyle Larin finished off a brace with an 87th minute winner to cancel out an early goal from Ignacio Piatti and lift Orlando to a dramatic 2-1 win over Montreal at Camping World Stadium. This game was pretty nuts, with 30 shots taken between the two sides (15 for each) and Joe Bendik stopping six shots for the Lions. But it was Larin who got the glory after a gorgeous sequence which saw Cristian Higuita whip in a perfect cross for Kaká, who played an insanely clever 1-2 with Julio Baptista to unsettle the defense before finding Larin for the winner.

May 19, 2019 vs. FC Cincinnati - Orlando greeted MLS newcomers Cincinnati pretty rudely last season, stomping the new boys 5-1 at Exploria Stadium. Cincy’s Darren Mattocks got the visitors feeling good early, but Tesho Akindele equalized with a sizzling strike before halftime, and the Lions blew the doors off in the second half, with a brace from Nani (the second of which marked Orlando’s 200th goal in MLS), another goal from Akindele, and a feel-good moment for Dom Dwyer. Check them all out:

Notable Moments

Eric Avila’s goal in the 2015 rout of LA Galaxy was an MLS Goal of the Week nominee:

We mentioned Bendik’s 2016 heroics against Montreal earlier–here’s the best save from that night, a Save of the Week nominee:

Lion’s Pride, Orlando City’s very own downtown pub on Church Street, opened three years ago this week. 

Orlando City midfielder Sebas Méndez received his Copa America call-up for Ecuador this week last year. Méndez would go on to play in two of Ecuador’s three tournament games, notching an assist against Chile.


Player Birthdays

No Orlando City players were born this week.

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September 11, 2020: Major League Soccer has announced the 2020 regular season schedule through the end of September. From September 18-27, each MLS club will compete in three regular season matches. Additional 2020 MLS regular season matches will be announced pending further developments regarding travel protocols. Attendance at matches will be determined in accordance with applicable state and local guidelines.