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FT: NYCFC 1, Orlando 3

City’s tournament hopes end miserably against the Lions

Orlando City SC v New York City FC - MLS Is Back Tournament Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

FT: NYCFC fall to the Lions 3-1, effectively ending their tournament hopes.

Once again, City controlled this games for prolonged stretches. But despite that, they were unable to to capitalize on most of their chances while simultaneously falling into a 2-0 hole within the first 10 minutes of the game.

This team looks lost, lethargic, and wasteful. Nothing good. And an 0-4 start to the season with just one goal is pathetic.

90’+3: How have we controlled this game and have only one goal?

86’: GMS comes on for Taty. But who cares at this point?

81’: Goal, Orlando. That seals it for Orlando, and spells the end of City’s tournament.

77’: Taty can’t buy a goal tonight.

73’: We’re going to the hydration break.

Remember, City scored their first goal shortly after the first half’s water break. We’ll see how this one treats them.

We have a double substitution! Jesus Medina and James Sands come off for Alexandru Mitrita and Keaton Parks, respectively.

We have about 25 minutes left in this one. City don’t look awful, but they need two more goals to keep them alive. They can afford no less.

62’: Medina has a golden opportunity to grab a brace. Unfrotunately, the Paraguayan tries to take it on the full volley and completely mishandles it.

52’: Alex Ring goes into the book. That’s three yellow cards for City to this point. Gotta keep your noses clean.

Just noticed — Ismael Tajouri-Shradi has come in for Gudi.

46’: SeanJohn forced into an early save. No harm, though.

And the second half is a go! Can City do the impossible and steal a win from behind in this one?

HT: NYCFC trail Orlando 2-1 going into halftime.

It was an inauspicious start for the Boys in Blue, conceding two goals — both from Chris Mueller — in the first 10 minutes. But after enduring some of the worst football I’ve ever seen them play, City have settled into a groove and have even pulled a goal back, courtesy of a great golazo from Jesus Medina of all players.

It’s gonna require a huge effort. But City have put themselves in a decent position to possibly do some magic here.

45’: Taty misses another promising opportunity. He just doesn’t have his shooting boots on today.

43’: Mueller almost grabs his hat trick. But he hits the cross bar instead.

38’: GOAL! New York City! And an amazing one at that!

Héber plays a looping ball towards the top of the box. Medina strikes it on the half volley and completely buries it into the top corner, sweet as you like! NYCFC have begun to show some life and have drawn closer. 2-1, Orlando still leads.

36’: James Sands and Taty are both in the book.

31’: Taty misses a 1-v-1 wide. You have to bury that, man. No excuse for that miss.

30’ Gudi challenges the Orlando keeper. The letter is equal to it.

20 minutes in. This looks so grim.

NYCFC have kinda settled in. But they’re two goals down. And does anyone expect them to have the juice to score three goals? I certainly don’t. They haven’t even proven they can score just one this season.

10’: Another one. Mueller scores his second to give Orlando an early 2-0 lead.

I can’t recall a time City has been this bad. Game could probably be over already., and we’re only ten minutes in.

4’: Goal, Orlando. Chris Mueller scores on a free kick delivery.

About as bad a start as you can imagine for NYCFC. In order to keep their MLSIB Tournament hopes alive, they’re gonna have to crawl out of an early 1-0 hole.

Annnnnnnnnnd here we go! NYCFC in the City Blue, Orlando in purple.

Kickoff has been delayed until 8:18 PM due to lightning in the area.

Rosters are out! In a surprise turn of events, Gudi gets the start in the attacking midfield along with Taty Castellanos and Jesus Medina. Maxime Chanot returns to the lineup while James Sands re-enters the defensive midfield along with Alex Ring.


New York City Starting XI:

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International Duty: None
  • Injury Report:

OUT — Sebastien Ibeagha (D) - calf injury; Maxi Moralez (M) - quad injury

QUESTIONABLE — Alexandru Mitriță (M) - ankle injury; Gedion Zelalem (M) - knee injury

Orlando Starting XI:

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report: N/A
  • Referees: Robert Sibiga (referee); Logan Brown, Jose da Silva (assistant referees); Marcos DeOliveira (4th official); Ramy Touchan (VAR)

How To Watch

Match date & time: July 14, 2020, 8:00 PM ET

Venue: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex , Orlando, FL

Online streaming: Twitter


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The story: After suffering a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Phladelphia Union last week, New York City FC look to rebound and keep their tournament hopes alive against Orlando City who are coming off the heels of a dramatic 2-1 win against Inter Miami.

NYCFC have been suffered shutout losses in each of their last four matches in all competitions and will be without the services of several players, most notably Maxi Moralez and Alexandru Mitrita. Orlando, on the other hand, come in completely healthy and at full strength.

For Ronny Deila & Co. to pull out a victory tonight and ensure they have at least a chance at progressing past the group stage, City will need to pull together in the face of adversity and prove that they are able to progress past the group stage and mount a convincing fight back to the top of the MLS table.

This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.