The last time Orlando City SC faced the New England Revolution, the Lions fell flat in a 4-0 loss earlier this September. Fast forward over three weeks later and despite losses along the way, for one night the Lions looked the part of an elite club.
In what looked like payback for the last meeting, Orlando City received goals from Dom Dwyer and Kaka in a 6-1 victory on Wednesday night at Orlando City Stadium. On what will be a very short week, Orlando City will gather themselves and prepare for FC Dallas on Saturday for a 3:55 p.m. kickoff at Orlando City Stadium.
Orlando City’s late season demise now seems to be greatly exaggerated, as the offensive revival was on full display for the home crowd. One player that really surprised was Brazilian national and midfielder Kaka, who notched two goals on the night. The first score for Kaka came in the 43rd minute, in which the Lions already held a 2-0 lead. The 35-year old found the right corner of the net to put Orlando City up 3-0 and the Lions went into intermission leading 3-1.
The Lions (10-13-8, 38 points) first couple of goals would come from Antonio Nocerino in the 22nd minute and Seb Hines in the 32nd. A key contributor to Orlando City’s early scores was Peru national and midfielder Yoshimar Yuton, who assisted on both goals. Yuton also had a goal of his own during the match and scored in the 90th minute.
New England (11-15-5, 38 points) seemed overwhelmed by the barrage of goals coming from Orlando City in both halves. The Revolution finally answered after falling behind 3-0, as a midfielder Lee Nguyen scored in stoppage time before halftime. Outside of Nguyen’s score, New England didn’t show many signs of the team that shutout Orlando City back in Sep. 2.
On this night, however, it would be all Orlando City and giving the fans a glimpse on what the new acquisitions can do. With players like Dwyer and Yuton showing their potential and Kaka proving he’s got more left in the tank, the Lions could end the season on a good note. Orlando City is currently sitting in 9th place, tied with New England at 38 points apiece, five points back of 6th place New York Red Bulls. The Lions final three games are against FC Dallas, Columbus Crew and Philadelphia Union.