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This Week in Orlando City History | June 8th-14th

June 14, 2015 vs. DC United - Kaká’s 30th minute penalty was enough for Orlando City to win their second match in a row five years ago this Sunday. Midfielder Pedro Ribeiro was bumped recklessly by DC defender Taylor Kemp chasing a rebound, which sent his fellow Brazilian Kaká to the spot. Bill Hamid saved the captain’s first attempt, but Kaká calmly headed in the rebound to give Orlando City the lead and, eventually, the win. The Orlando back line of Luke Boden, Sean St. Ledger, Aurelien Collin, and Rafael Ramos held DC United to just two shots on target in the clean sheet victory.

June 12, 2019 at Memphis 901 FC - Orlando City opened their 2019 U.S. Open Cup run this week against USL Championship side Memphis 901 FC, the club co-owned by former USMNT goalkeeper Tim Howard. Sacha Kljestan, playing out of position as a holding midfielder, managed a brace, with Robin Jansson scoring his first goal in purple to clinch the victory in the 71st minute.

Notable Moments

This week will mark four years since the tragic Pulse nightclub shooting in downtown Orlando in 2016, which took the lives of 49 innocent people. Orlando City announced that they would be dedicating the following week’s game to #OrlandoUnited in support of the city’s LGBTQ+ and Latino communities and the OneOrlando fund. 

A year later in 2017, the city held Orlando United Day to commemorate the victims, with thousands of people coming together at Lake Eola for an evening vigil. Orlando City opened their doors for the day for any members of the community to pay their respects at Exploria Stadium’s 49 rainbow seats, a permanent memorial for the lives lost that night.

Player Birthdays

June 9 - Joey DeZart (22)

June 13 - Pedro Ribeiro (30)

 

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UPDATE: June 10, 2020 - Major League Soccer announced it will restart the 2020 season with all 26 MLS clubs competing in the MLS is Back Tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida beginning July 8. Upon completion of the tournament, MLS plans to continue its regular season with a revised schedule in home markets. The revised schedule may see certain matches from the original 2020 MLS regular season schedule being cancelled or rescheduled. The final number of matches and the schedule for the remainder of the 2020 MLS regular season and related ticket policies will be announced in the coming weeks.