Wow, that was an exciting one!
The Cardiac Cats struck again in the 92nd minute through the dynamic defensive midfield duo of César Araújo and Wilder Cartagena to pull the Lions permanently ahead in a hard-fought, back-and-forth battle for supremacy in the Leagues Cup South 2 group. The Lions got their first win over Liga MX competition with the 3-2 victory. With the win, Orlando City (1-0-1, 5 points) advanced to the knockout rounds to face Inter Miami, while Santos Laguna (0-1-1, 1 point) crashed out of the tournament.
The Exploria Stadium crowd of 16,000+ was loud, and from the goal line, the atmosphere rivaled the U.S. Open Cup final from last year. Those who attended got to experience a thrilling match with a lot at stake, with Orlando City prevailing.
We hope you enjoy the photos of what will surely become a classic game in Lions lore.