ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Through three games, Orlando City had scored two goals and were held scoreless in their last game against New York City FC, but the return of Dom Dwyer was just what the team needed. His two goals in his 60 minutes of play on Saturday helped Orlando City to their first win of the season by the score of 4-3.
The game was tied until the 86th minute, when Scott Sutter’s shot looked to take a defection from Josue Colman and the change of direction confused the Red Bulls keeper and that shot gave the sellout crowd a chance to celebrate their first win in four games.
“Yeah, he was supposed to be up that far. We want our outside backs at certain moments to take really advanced positions. Against the Red Bull we felt like for sure switching the point of attack was going to be critical for us. Comes off of a throw-in, a little bit of a disorganized situation, but still, we went from the left to the right very quickly and you see how wide open he is.” – Orlando City Head Coach Jason Kreis on Sutter’s game-winning goal
The Red Bulls stunned the late-arriving crowd by putting home the game’s opening goal seven minutes after the opening kickoff. New York used precise passing to set up Velot as his header slid right past City goalkeeper Joe Bendik to give them a 1-0 lead.
Both teams exchanged goals throughout the opening half and entered the half tied at 2. Throughout the half, the gameplay was physical, with many fouls and even a yellow card on former City defender Aurélien Collin in the 37th minute.
Collin and Dwyer were teammates in Kansas City earlier in their careers and both players have a great respect for one another, but they were very physical against one another Saturday.
Dwyer gave City their first lead of the season in the 49th minute when he took quick throw-in and slid his shot past the Red Bulls goalkeeper to give City the lead at 3-2.
“Super. Super to have him back. From one particular point of view, just tactically, he gives us a little bit more of a true No. 9. We’ve been kind of playing without one for the first three matches, so to have a true target there, a true player that’s going to be in the box to finish things is real nice for us from a tactical point of view. Big credit to him for taking his goals. He took them both very, very well. He showed in particular an amazing amount of commitment. And we’re still building. Last week was his first scrimmage minutes in an 11-a-side for over a month. Barely made it through 45. I think today he threw his guts out there for us to last 60 or 65, whatever it was.”- Orlando City Head Coach Jason Kreis on Dom Dwyer’s return
Orlando City returns to action on April 8th as they take on the Portland Timbers at 4pm at Orlando City Stadium.
7′ – New York Red Bulls – Velot (1st of the season)
- Goal set up by New York using crisp cross field passing, which allowed Velot to use his head to go near post past Bendik.
15′ – Orlando City – Johnson (1st of the season)
- Kljestan used outstanding footwork to get the ball to Justin Meram at the top of the New York goalie box. Meram took two dribbles and slid the ball to a wide open Johnson to tie the score at 1.
24′ – New York Red Bulls – Etienne Jr. (1st of the season)
- Etienne Jr. took a pass from about 30 yards out, took three dribbles and put the ball between the legs of Bendik to give the Red Bulls the lead.
26′ – Orlando City – Dwyer (1st of the season)
- Dwyer took a Yoshi Yotun corner and beat the New York goalkeeper to the far post to equalize the score at 2.
49′ – Orlando City – Dwyer (2nd of the game)
- Dwyer took a quick throw-in from Mohamad El-Munir and placed the ball to the near post to give him his 2nd goal of the game.
82′ – New York Red Bulls – Long (1st of the season)
- Long headed a free kick to the near post past a diving Joe Bendik, who couldn’t hold on to the ball. The goal tied the game at 3.
86′ – Orlando City Goal – Sutter (1st of the season)
- Orlando City used passing to allow Sutter space and he fired a shot that changed directions in mid flight to go past Robles to give City a one-goal lead with under five minutes to go in the game.
Danny Thompson is a sports contributor for Florida National News. | info@florida nationalnews.com