ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Orlando City SC’s friendly match against KR Reykjavik at Exploria Stadium Tuesday proved one thing: Orlando is capable and ready to rumble on a global scale. Orlando City defeated the 27-time (and current) champion of Iceland’s top league.
Within the first two minutes, Orlando made their first goal with Joao Moutinho’s assist to Nani from the left flank. Reykjavik appeared to be struggling in the game, because Orlando City scored another in the eighth minute courtesy of Benji Michel’s one-on-one shot.
The score remained 2-0 until the 23rd minute, at which point KR Reykjavik made their first goal, bringing the score to 2-1. The tables turned on Reykjavik close to halftime, courtesy of an own goal in the 42nd minute, giving Orlando City another goal to bring the score to 3-1.
Neither team scored for the rest of the game, sealing Orlando’s win.
“The purpose is to learn and grow together and we’re trying to get the most out of the club-friendly games,” said Orlando City Head Coach Oscar Pareja during the postgame press conference. “There is a lot of work, but we are headed in a good direction for next week’s competition against [Real] Salt Lake.”
Orlando City will have a closed rematch against Reykjavik Friday, February 21, followed by their season opener against Real Salt Lake, Saturday, February 29, both at Exploria Stadium.
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