New York City FC II played Orlando City B at Osceola Heritage Park over the weekend. There weren’t any Senior Team players in the lineup for New York City, but goalkeeper Alex Rando, striker John Denis, and left-back Stephen Turnbull put in nice performances in a tight game, and NYCFC managed to get the draw and then grab the extra point after winning the shootout.
NYCFC II: 19 shots, 10 on goal, 57.3% possession, 401 passes, 83.3% accuracy
Orlando City B: 8 shots, 4 on goal, 42.7% possession, 296, 72.6% accuracy
Still, Orlando drew first blood and took an early lead through a Jack Lynn goal in the 14th minute. It was a rough and scrappy but relatively quiet game for the rest of the half.
There was more of the same in the second half until Orlando gave up a free kick. John Denis of New York City hit it inside the far post for an equalizer in the 62nd minute. The second half continued on, and ended in a 1-1 draw.
New York City haven’t had much luck in the penalty shootouts that take place in MLS NEXT Pro games that end in a draw: The Young Pigeons lost out to New England Revolution II in their inaugural match, and then to Orlando City B the week after. But things went New York City’s way this day.
Each team scored their first three penalties. Then Nicholas Beneclazar scored for New York City, and Orlando’s Mauro Bravo missed. That gave NYCFC the advantage. Jack Beer then converted his penalty to get the extra point for New York City as the team converted all five of their chances.
NYCFC are now in third place in the Eastern Conference, with 19 points after 11 games. New York City will next face TFC II on Saturday, June 18 at 1 pm ET at Belson Stadium in Queens.
Orlando City, Jack Lynn 14’
NYCFC, John Denis 62’