This Week in Orlando City History | June 15th-21st

This Week in Orlando City History | June 15th-21st

Notable Matches

June 17, 2015 vs. Charleston Battery - One of the wildest matches in Orlando City history happened this week in 2015, when the Lions battled USL side Charleston Battery to a 4-4 draw in the U.S. Open Cup Round of 32. The game was scoreless into the second half, when Charleston took the lead twice only to be answered both times, first by Lewis Neal and then by a Carlos Rivas penalty kick. In extra time, the Rocket was sent to the spot twice more and finished both times to put Orlando up 4-2, but current RSL midfielder Justin Portillo netted twice in the final 15 minutes of the extra period to tie the game again. It took ten rounds of penalty kicks, with Orlando on the brink multiple times, before Danny Mwanga followed a Charleston miss with the game-winning goal. 

June 18, 2016 vs. San Jose Earthquakes - This game was notable almost entirely for what happened off the field. Just six days after the Pulse nightclub shooting, the community came together at Camping World Stadium for the Orlando United game, dedicated to the 49 innocent lives lost that night. A crowd of 37,194 raised rainbow flags in tribute, and the match was halted in the 49th minute for silence to honor the victims. With emotions running high, Julio Baptista gave Orlando a late lead with this stunning volley.

Shea Salinas would go on to level the game at the death, but that wasn’t nearly enough to dull the meaning of the night.

June 19, 2019 vs. New England Revolution - Benji Michel scored his first professional goal in extra time and Tesho Akindele put the cherry on top as Orlando City beat New England 2-1 to advance to the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals. The rookie Homegrown Michel had fought daily in training to earn an opportunity, and his goal was the payoff.

Michel would go on to score five more goals in the last three months of the MLS regular season, cementing himself in Orlando City’s long-term plans.


Notable Moments

We’ll let this scene from the Orlando United game speak for itself.

Jonathan Spector’s dramatic stoppage time equalizer against Montreal in 2017 was an MLS Goal of the Week nominee.

It’s been two years since Orlando City Homegrown goalkeeper Mason Stajduhar rang the bell to signify the end of his treatment for Ewing’s sarcoma, a form of bone cancer. Stajduhar remains on the Orlando City roster and cancer-free to this day. Congrats Mason!


Player Birthdays

June 17 - Kevin Molino (30)
June 19 - Carlos Ascues (28)

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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.