FT: NYCFC and Orlando battle to a 1-1 draw in a match that came down to the wire.
Despite going down early, the Blues rallied to grab an equalizer in the dying stages of the first half courtesy of a big effort from Keaton Parks. From there, City took complete control and threatened goal on several occasions. But a brilliant performance from Orlando’s keeper helped ensure both teams got a share of the spoils.
83' Rowe with another huge stop. Unbelievable. #NYCFC— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) October 15, 2020
73’: Ismael Tajouri-Shradi comes on for Gary Mackay-Steven
64’: Rowe makes another brilliant save! This time, to deny Taty Castellanos.
63' Oh my! What a strike by Ring, even better save by Rowe! #NYCFC— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) October 15, 2020
62’: Johnson saves a Nani free kick
59’: Taty gets a big chance, but Orlando defends valiantly.
53’: Wide open start to this half. Both teams seem to have ample space to push the ball upfield. I’d be surprised if there wasn’t another goal in this one.
The second half is underway. Can NYCFC find the go-ahead goal?
HT: NYCFC and Orlando are level at 1-1 going into the half. It as a slow start for the Boys in Blue. But after having to sustain prolonged pressure early on — as well as conceding a Chris Mueller goal — City were able to strike back late in the first half with a tying goal from Keaton Parks.
43’: GOOOOOOAAALLL!!!! City grab an equalizer in the final phase of the first half!
Parks is tapped in by Taty Castellanos. His first shot goes off Rowe, but his follow-up shot is eased into an open net! We’re tied at 1-1!
35’: Keaton Parks gets three opportunities on goal. But Orlando’s defense hold strong on each.
26' Tinnerholm brings about a good counter. Makcay-Steven shows some good skill down the right side, plays it to Parks. Parks slides it to Medina who lets off a shot, but it's right at Rowe. #NYCFC— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) October 15, 2020
18’: Goal. Orlando City.
Can’t get much worse than this start.
5’: Rough start to this one. Orlando have been coming at City’s back line relentlessly.
We’re off in Orlando. I’m worried about this one.
Rosters are out! With Sands being injured, Alex Ring slides back into the holding midfield. Filling the gap at left wing will be Ronald Matarrita with Gudi Thorarinsson slotting in at the left back position.
New York City FC Starting XI:
| Starting XI #OrlandoCity— New York City FC (@NYCFC) October 14, 2020
#NYCFC midfielder James Sands has suffered a fracture in his right foot and did not travel with the Club to Orlando today. Sands is likely to miss the remainder of the 2020 MLS regular season.
#ORLvNYC | @hays_us pic.twitter.com/jtUoba0Kvf
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: Maxime Chanot (D), Valentin Castellanos (F)
- International Duty: None
- Injury Report:
- OUT: Maxi Moralez (M) - knee injury
- OUT: Gedion Zelalem (M) - knee injury
- OUT: Tayvon Gray (D) - undisclosed injury
- OUT: Heber (F) - ACL injury
- James Sands (M) - foot injury
Orlando City Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: Joao Moutinho (D), Mauricio Pereyra (M), Rodrigo Schlegel
- International duty: Jhegson Sebastian Mendez (M), Pedro Gallese (HK)
- Injury Report:
- OUT: Dom Dwyer (F) - knee injury
- OUT: Joao Moutinho (D) - groin injury
- OUT: Uri Rosell (M) - undisclosed injury
- OUT: Tesho Akindele (F) - undisclosed injury
- OUT: Mauricio Pereyra (M) - undisclosed injury
- OUT: Benji Michel (M) - undisclosed injury
Referees: Silviu Petrescu (referee); Gjovalin Bori, Brooke Mayo (assistant referees); Natalie Simon (4th official); Daniel Radford (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: October 14, 2020, 7:30 PM ET
Venue: Exploria Stadium, Orlando, FL
Online streaming: Fox Sports Go
Local radio: NYCFC.com/radio
The story: New York City FC are a wounded team right. Coming off a bitter 2-1 loss against the New England Revolution in the Bronx over the weekend, City fans have received some bad news — star wonderkid James Sands will likely miss the remainder of the 2020 season with a fracture in his foot.
And with Maxi Moralez still on the mend, NYCFC will be forced to play Orlando City on the road with a heavily depleted squad.
This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.