ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 5, 2020) - Orlando City SC (4-2-4, 16 points) earned a 1-1 draw on Saturday night against Atlanta United (3-4-2, 11 points) at Exploria Stadium.
Benji Michel scored the lone goal for the Lions in the match, getting on the end of a shot from Daryl Dike to redirect the ball into the back of the net for his second finish in as many contests. With the assist, Dike is now tied for the team lead with Chris Mueller and Mauricio Pereyra at three apiece.
Head Coach Oscar Pareja:
“Good match. In spite of the frustration of conceding that goal in the last two, three minutes of the game knowing how we worked for the three points during the whole game; it’s difficult. But at the same time, I think we need to have calmness and see where we are. I thought today was another good demonstration of what Orlando is doing and once again anything I can say won’t soften the frustration that we have because it’s painful after you have the domination that we had in the first half and the options that we had during the game. But once again the game told us again that we have to have resolution and finish the games. That’s what we need to do, but we’ll take it. I have said it in the best moments that we’re proud of the boys and I will say it today in this bitter moment when we gave up those three points at the end.”
45+1’ Benji Michel (Daryl Dike) - ORL 1, ATL 0
City took the lead just before halftime, with Daryl Dike getting a shot off following a City corner toward the right corner of the net. Benji Michel was there to tap it in to ensure the lead for the Lions going into the break.
90+2’ - Adam Jahn (Jake Mulraney, Anton Walkes) - ORL 1, ATL 1
The visitors leveled late with Adam Jahn getting his head on a cross from Jake Mulraney for the equalizer.
- Benji Michel scored his second goal in as many contests for the Lions, registering a goal contribution for the third match in a row.
- Daryl Dike earned his third assist of the year on Michel’s goal in first half stoppage time, now tied with Chris Mueller and Mauricio Pereyra for the team lead.
- Uri Rosell made his 50th appearance as a Lion in the match.
- With the draw, the Lions extended their unbeaten streak to four matches.
- Next Match: The Lions close out their Phase 1 Continuation of Play schedule on Saturday, Sept. 12, hosting Inter Miami CF at Exploria Stadium for the first time.
ORL - Benji Michel (Daryl Dike) 45+1’
ATL - Adam Jahn (Jake Mulraney, Anton Walkes) 90+2’
ATL - Franco Escobar (Yellow Card) 39’
ATL - Erick Torres (Yellow Card) 41’
ORL - Sebastián Méndez (Yellow Card) 64’
ATL - Jeff Larentowicz (Yellow Card) 70’
ATL - Brooks Lennon (Yellow Card) 78’
Orlando City SC - GK Pedro Gallese; D Kamal Miller, Robin Jansson, Antonio Carlos, Ruan; M Chris Mueller (Kyle Smith 84’), Uri Rosell, Sebastián Méndez (Júnior Urso 72’), Mauricio Pereyra © (Nani 72’); F Benji Michel (Tesho Akindele 72’), Daryl Dike (Andrés Perea 57’)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Brian Rowe; D Alex De John, Rodrigo Schlegel; M Robinho
Atlanta United FC - GK Brad Guzan ©; D George Bello (Jon Gallagher 84’), Anton Walkes, Miles Robinson (Jürgen Damm 56’), Franco Escobar; M Eric Remedi (Jake Mulraney 84’), Ezequiel Barco (Matheus Rossetto 71’), Emerson Hyndman, Jeff Larentowicz, Brooks Lennon; F Erick Torres (Adam Jahn 71’)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Alec Kann; D Edgar Castillo; M Laurence Wyke, Tyler Wolff
Details of the Game:
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Date: September 5, 2020
ORL - 44.1%
ATL - 55.9%
ORL - 15
ATL - 9
ORL - 5
ATL - 2
ORL - 15
ATL - 13
ORL - 2
ATL - 4
Heineken Star of the Match: Benji Michel