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Orlando City SC: The Final 3

A Good September

After a July and August to forget, September has given the Lions their best start of the season. Capturing nine points in three matches, and collecting their first three game win streak of the season, the Lions are making a post season push.  With just three matches left, the soccer lads are hoping to slide into the 6th and final play-off spot in the east. It won’t be easy, but the current run of form has given everyone involved a lot of hope.

Rookie Scoring Record Shattered

Cyle Larin broke the single season rookie scoring record in a 5-2 win over the east leading New York Red Bulls. Larin has been knocking on the door of breaking the record since tying it back on August 1st, where he scored two goals against the Columbus Crew. With a hat trick against the Red Bulls this past Friday, Cyle Larin was not only able to break the record but completely shatter it.  The rookie record of 11 goals in a single season has been in place since 2003, but it now belongs to Cyle with 14. With three matches to go, only Larin knows what the final number will be.  In any case, this should secure the MLS Rookie of the Year honor for him.Orlando City Larin

Montreal Impact Are Coming to Town.

If you have yet to make it to an Orlando City SC match, this Saturday, October 3rd will be an awesome one.  In a match with HUGE play-off implications, you can be sure the Citrus Bowl will be rocking on Saturday night.  This is the first trip to Orlando for the Impact, and I can assure you it will be one they won’t forget! In the previous two meetings, the Lions traveled north of the border to claim a draw and a loss at the hands of Montreal.  The Lions hope to make history on Saturday as they try to shut down former Chelsea scoring legend, Didier Drogba. With 7 goals in 6 games, the task looms large for the Lions to shut Drogba down. The battle for the 6th and final play-off spot will be decided in this match-up. Make no mistake, the club and the supporters will pull out all the stops to secure the three points in this one.

Tickets Still Available

Tickets are still available for the final two home games of the season.  Visit the Orlando City SC website for more information.

vs Montreal Impact, October 3rd at 7:00 pm

vs New York City FC, October 16th at 7:00 pm

 

Orlando City Soccer: The Extra Time Dagger

As a supporter of the game of football, you learn a lot about anticipation.  You find yourself being brought to the edge of complete joy or complete heartbreak many times in one match.  Saturday night’s match against the Vancouver Whitecaps was 90 minutes of anticipation and 10 seconds of heartbreak.

 

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Before the heartbreak…

 

In my opinion, nothing hurts worse than losing a match in the final seconds of stoppage time. I remember leaving the stadium with my friends thinking how we were so close so many times. Unfortunately close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.  In football you have to finish to be successful.  At the end of the day, controlling the pace and possession only matter if you are scoring goals.

I feel like we got the first two right against Vancouver, but the third one eluded us all.  There were so many missed opportunities.  So many chances for our boys to taste the sweet elixir in the scoring third.  As I watched the play develop in the midfield as the attack pushed closer toward goal, I could feel my heart start to beat a little faster.  The closer and closer the boys got, the more I held my breath only to lose my place in the chant.

 

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One of the many times we held our breath!

 

Over and over we pushed forward, and over and over we were disappointed with the finish. Needless to say the time we held our breath for never came.  We ended up with our first loss as an Major League Soccer club.  It’s not so much the loss that kills me, it’s the way we lost that hurts. Maybe if we were out played by Vancouver this would be easier to take, but we were not. Unfortunately we do not play Vancouver again this season, so this loss will just have to burn in the belly for a bit.  So until then, we look forward to the next match north of the border.

The next Orlando City match is this Saturday, March 28th at 4:00 pm against the Montreal Impact.  Since this is an away match, you can follow the link below to find your nearest City Pub location to watch with fellow OCSC fans.

Pub info: http://www.orlandocitysc.com/gameday/citypubs

Vamos Orlando!