LOS ANGELES, Ca. (FNN SPORTS) — Orlando City rallied back after a shocking loss to FC Cincinnati last week to secure their first three points away from home. Facundo Torres found his debut goal in the city of Angels after a timely assist by Ercan Kara. This goal marks the first goal contribution for Kara as both designated DP’s have found contributions early in the season.
Selfie Time in La-La Land
After training last week, Facundo Torres claimed that his first goal celebration would be a ‘team selfie’ with the rest of his squad, a trademark celebration he first popularized as a member of Peñarol. Torres made good on his word this weekend as he pounced on a chance at goal after Ercan Kara was able to dispossess LA Galaxy’s Nick DePuy on an attacking press.
The resulting cross and effort at goal led to elation for Orlando City. Facundo Torres finally broke his duck after contributing his first assist last week. With his first goal now out of the way, Orlando City fans are starting to notice the game-deciding potential that Facundo brings to the table.
More important than the offensive break this weekend was the defensive masterclass led by Antonio Carlos. Contrary to prior games, Orlando City was not the protagonist in the final 30 minutes of play. Despite having to hold out at the back, Orlando City kept their form. More importantly, they obtained a clean sheet for Pedro Gallese to crown himself the GK with the most clean sheets in club history.
A Worrying Trend?
Despite their monumental win on the west coast — Orlando’s first away win against a Western Conference rival since 2016, there were instances of play in Los Angeles that begin to worry the average Orlando City fan. For one, it’s obvious to see that officiating in the MLS has not been in Orlando’s favor, especially when it comes to fouls against our most prized players.
Facundo Torres and Cesar Araujo are amongst the most fouled players in all of MLS. Cesar Araujo is also starting to don a reputation as a player frequented for yellow cards. With just four games played so far, he has amassed three YC in all appearances and has suffered 15 fouls against him, the most of any Orlando City player so far this season. Pedro Gallese also suffered a worrying hit this weekend that called into question just how much officials are taking care of players in a proactive fashion to avoid hard fouls occurring in the first place.
Through the setbacks, Orlando City is finding ways to flourish and a real team atmosphere is building around them. In their next game, they face a resilient Portland Timbers side who will also look to be the aggressor early. Portland Timbers will surely be licking their wounds after suffering a 4-1 away loss at the hands of FC Dallas. They host a surging Orlando City on March 27 at Providence Park.
Nicolas Vera is a sports reporter for Florida National News. | email@example.com