In their first four matches at home, Orlando City SC have struggled to score goals. If it wasn’t for a fluke deflection off a free kick against NYCFC on March 8th, Orlando City would have nothing to show for the home half of their season. On the road however, the club is scoring goals and getting positive results. In the four matches away from the Citrus Bowl, the club has managed to score five goals and collect seven points (2 wins, 1 loss, 1 draw). So what is it about playing at home? The support for the club has been amazing since day one, the numbers prove that. Orlando City has some of the best home attendance numbers in the league. They are one of only four Major League Soccer (MLS) clubs with a season ticket waiting list. It is hard for me as a supporter to wrap my head around the lack of home results. When I come home after a match my voice is shot and my body aches from jumping and waiving a flag for 90+ minutes. As supporters we are doing our part to make sure the club knows we are there for them. At some point the flood gates have to open so goals can finally be scored at the Citrus Bowl. We supporters are a patient bunch, and we will cheer on Orlando City no matter what. With that said, it is nice to be rewarded with a goal or two from time to time. Week after week I was feeling a bit deflated after the final whistle. The walk to the car with my fellow supporters was a long and often times quiet one. When will this home drought end? We have knocked on the door so many times, only to have it slammed in our faces over and over.
Friday night the Orlando City lads played host to the New England Revolution. New England came into the match with the best record in the Eastern Conference, and they played like it. The first half was ugly for the good guys. New England controlled the midfield and the overall pace of the game. Charlie Davies found the back of the net for the Revolution in the 19th minute after some sloppy defensive play. The opportunities just kept coming for New England throughout the first half. Fortunately for Orlando City, they went into the break only down 1-0. In the second half, another defensive lapse in the 71st minute allowed New England to take the 2-0 lead. Even though Orlando City came out much more aggressive in the second half, silly mistakes in bad areas cost them. It’s like a movie you have seen before, but you can’t stop watching. Orlando City is my Goodfellas. Anytime I am flipping through the channels and I come across it, I have to watch it. On this night, I am glad I didn’t change the channel…
In the 75th minute, Ramos serves a ball into Larin and BOOM! Just like that we are 2-1 with 15 minutes left to play. It was a thing of beauty. The crowed went mental, confetti was flying, and the beer shower was flowing in The Wall. Finally a home goal! It was two months to the day since the last home goal against NYCFC. But wait… there’s more! In the 90th minute, Boden sends a perfectly placed cross into the box that Collin heads into the net. It’s a new game as we are all level at two apiece. Confetti and beer shower, take two! The feeling you get when your club scores a goal that late in the match to get a positive result, is unbelievable. The anticipation kills you, but when your patience and unconditional support finally payoff, it’s one of the most rewarding experiences. This is Orlando, and it IS a beautiful game.
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May 17th Home vs LA Galaxy – Tickets Here