NYCFC fall in penalties 5-4 to Orlando and are eliminated from the USOC.
That’s a heartbreaker. 120 minutes of football, and nothing to show for it. With the New York Red Bulls next in line, this could be a bad week for the Boys in Blue. Hopefully, they can rest up.
Yeah, this is bad.
And we’re going to PK’s. Let’s see how this goes. See you on the other side, guys.
112’: Taty goes for the win! It’s unfortunately saved!
End of ET first half. 15 more minutes to go.
100’: City seems the better side so far in extra time. You can probably credit that to neither Nani or Kljestan being on the field.
This is the first time we’ve seen extra time since 2015! It’s partly exciting, and partly annoying.
90’+6: GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL!!! Maxi Moralez crashes the box to equalize late and send this one into extra time!
There’s a reason why he won MLS Player of the Month, ladies and gentlemen!
87’: Oh Keaton... what are you doing!?
72’: City looks tired. This is why this should’ve been a rotational game. With such a hectic schedule, certain players need a rest. Now not only are we losing this game, we could be sitting ducks on Sunday against the Red Bulls.
61’: Chris Mueller scores to give Orlando a 1-0 lead.
It was a long time coming, but OCSC got their goal. NYCFC has been poor since the beginning of this half and it’s not surprising they find themselves down a goal.
52’: City doesn’t look good right now. OCSC has come out with energy and NYCFC have no answer for it.
48’: Chanot plays hero as Orlando puts in a dangerous cross into the area.
We’re off in the second half!
HT: We’re scoreless as we enter halftime.
NYCFC dominated the early goings, Orlando asserted themselves in the middle portion. But as the first half comes to a close, both teams are in need of massive and drastic improvements.
30’: Momentum has switched. Orlando is now on the front foot in this one.
18’: Right now, NYCFC is by far the better team. Orlando is struggling to get things moving and the high press City are bringing is overwhelming the backline.
13’: Big stop by Orlando! Maxime Chanot puts a great header on target from a corner, but it’s saved by the Lions keeper. Medina’s follow-up header is over the bar.
9’: Ronald Matarrita threatens goal. Héber’s inclusion is making a big difference as far as distribution is concerned.
We’re set to go in the Sunshine State! Can NYCFC power past the Lions and stake their place in the USOC semifinals?
Rosters are out! Much to my surprise, it’s a rather strong lineup. Héber has returned from injury to get the start. Maxi Moralez has also been included in the XI despite Domé saying he needed a rest. Is it possible that NYCFC are sacrificing an optimal squad ahead of the derby on Sunday?
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Orlando Starting XI:
How To Watch
Match date & time: July 10, 2019, 7:30 pm.
Venue: Orlando City Stadium, Orlando, FL
Online streaming: ESPN+
Local radio: N/A
All-time series: New York City FC’s latest edition of their U.S. Open Cup run takes them to Florida, where they will do battle against fellow 2015 expansion side Orlando City. To date, both NYCFC and Orlando have played 14 games and are dead even in the all-time series — 5 wins, 5 defeats, and 4 draws.
However, this marks the first time the two have met in a non-league game as through their first four seasons, Orlando has failed to make the playoffs once whereas New York City have made it in every season except their inaugural 2015 campaign.
Going into this one, Orlando has what resembles their A-team whereas City is forced to deal with rotation due to a congested match week. But, that’s not to say this game is a foregone conclusion. Despite not having an optimal squad at their disposal, NYCFC have consistently impressed with their depth this season. Also, these two clubs have always been shown to play tight, competitive games due to Orlando seeing the Boys in Blue as a rival of sorts, despite fans of NYCFC being more or less indifferent towards their southern counterparts.
This one is extremely hard to call and I look forward to an exciting contest.
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