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Orlando City vs. Cavalry FC, Concacaf Champions Cup: Photo Gallery

An album of images from Orlando City’s 3-1 home win in Concacaf Champions Cup action.

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Dan MacDonald, The Mane Land


Orlando City continued its Concacaf Champions Cup run on Tuesday where it left off last week by playing slightly sloppy but still overmatching soccer against Calgary’s Cavalry FC. The Lions beat Cavalry 3-1, advancing 6-1 on aggregate. Cavalry played the ‘just happy to be here’ role well, clearly relishing the non-competitive tie and taking home a road goal as its only trophy.

Personnel-wise, Orlando City Head Coach Oscar Pareja went deep into the roster due to the grueling schedule, rotating nine of 11 starters from Saturday. You will notice a few new faces in the gallery, as Shakur Mohammed (start) and Abdi Salim (64th-minute substitute) got substantial run-outs. Luis Muriel also made his debut, starting and playing 79 minutes, so it may not take that long for him to achieve 90-minute match fitness.

Being down three goals in the tie, Cavalry came out with the slightly baffling strategy of playing a well-organized team against the Lions’ highly rotated side. The scrambled personnel mix, such as the Rodrigo Schlegel-Kyle Smith center back pairing, and nerves all likely contribued as well, leading to a scoreless (and fairly slow) first half played largely in the midfield.

Orlando continued rotating personnel in the second half, with substitutes Nico Lodeiro and Facundo Torres contributing to Orlando’s three goals on the evening. Lodeiro notched a goal and an assist, while Torres set up a late insurance goal by Smith, who moved from center back to left back when Salim came off the bench. Ramiro Enrique took advantage of his extended minutes, playing the full game and leading the team in shots (5), putting three of them on target. He looked dangerous all game but it took a while to get dialed in. He was eventually rewarded with a stunner of a goal in the 71st minute.

We hope you enjoy these images from a memorable home match that saw the Lions advance to the Round of 16, where they’ll have a rematch against Liga MX giants Tigres, starting Tuesday night at Inter&Co Stadium.

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Orlando City vs. New York Red Bulls: Photo Gallery

An album of images from Orlando’s 1-1 home draw against the New York Red Bulls.

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The annual rock fight between Orlando and the “New York” team that actually plays in New Jersey produced slightly more elegant soccer than recent years, but the Lions continued to have difficulty connecting the final pass and making good on it. In the most Lions-Red Bulls way possible, a Lewis Morgan penalty was negated by a late Noah Eile own goal forced by Jack Lynn and the teams split the points.

The announced crowd of 23,859 provided the usual raucousness that Orlando is known for. The match also saw the return of PRO referees, greeted in the warmest and most appreciative way by the crowd. Since it was “Kids Night,” with kids participating as announcers, among other things, the young voices interjected to attempt tamp down some of the less child-friendly cheers to create an unusually surreal environment.

We hope you enjoy the pictures from Saturday’s game. The Lions now enjoy a much-needed week off, returning to play April 13 at D.C. United.

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Orlando Pride vs. Chicago Red Stars: Photo Gallery

An album of images from the Pride’s 1-1 home draw against Chicago.

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The Orlando Pride (0-0-3, 3 points) benefited from an own goal to take a lead into the second half, but could not hold their first lead of the season, allowing the Chicago Red Stars (2-0-1, 7 points) to steal a point. Overall, the Pride showed continued growth and cohesiveness, generally controlling most of the game except for a spell at the start of the second half. The trouble continues to be scoring goals, but Barbra Banda’s arrival is approaching.

Adriana continually rampaged the right channel, and she, Marta, and Angelina all showed signs of chemistry, but the team is still not connecting quite precisely enough to create sustained danger, and failed to finish its chances against the opposition from the Windy City. Summer Yates came on in the 71st minute and lived up to the ‘game changer’ moniker that is trendy around the league this year, creating several dangerous chances, including a potential red card that was not given even after a lengthy video review by both the video assistant referee and the match referee.

Overall, the Pride are showing more talent and promise early in the season so far this year than they have for several years, and will try again for their first win of the season when they visit the Utah Royals in two weeks.

We hope you enjoy the photos from the game and please let me know if there is something more or less that you want to see in these galleries (like more or fewer crowd shots or warmups). The Pride will return home against San Diego on April 19.

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Orlando City vs. Tigres UANL, Concacaf Champions Cup: Photo Gallery

An album of images from Orlando City’s 0-0 home draw against Tigres.

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Orlando City hosted Liga MX side UANL Tigres late Tuesday night in another Concacaf Champions Cup battle of the big cats, and once again both sides walked away stymied after a physical but scoreless draw. The Lions’ defense returned from its weekend hiatus and stifled the midfield, forcing Tigres talisman André-Pierre Gignac to to drop deep to get on the ball and restricting him to only one off-target shot.

The crowd was a little underwhelming for such a big match, likely due in large part to the 9 p.m. weeknight start (Concacaf, sigh). However, the supporters in The Wall brought their usual passion, making for a lively atmosphere without the hijinks of last year’s clash.

With the draw, the Lions can advance in the tournament with a win, a draw with goals scored (due to the away goals rule), or a 0-0 draw and advancing on penalties in the return fixture of next Tuesday. El Volcán is a hostile environment to be sure, but the Lions have already earned a result there with last year’s draw, so this is within the Lions’ paws if they perform at the level they have hinted they are capable of. But first they have to face a Minnesota team that has started the season hotter than expected in MLS play on Saturday.

We hope you enjoy these images from the continental competition, despite the lack of goals.

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