Following a truly tragic week for the city of Orlando, at least Orlando City SC managed to provide a positive escape for at least 90 minutes with a 0-1 win last night.
Defeating Florida rivals Jacksonville Armada of NASL in the fourth round of the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at Southern Oak Stadium, David Mateos struck the solitary goal in the second-half.
However, it was the unlikely Mateos who latched onto a flick-on header from Baptista himself who successfully connected with an Antonio Nocerino corner just after the hour mark.
Orlando City SC will now embark on a fifth round tie against fellow Florida rivals Fort Lauderdale Strikers on June 29th at Camping World Stadium.
Speaking after last night’s 0-1 triumph at Southern Oak Stadium, coach Adrian Heath revealed his relief after an extremely crushing week for the city of Orlando.
The first time a sports team from Orlando have participated in competition since the tragic shooting on Sunday June 12th, the show of support from both Jacksonville Armada fans and Orlando City SC supporters was absolutely fantastic.
This is not to mention the hundreds of #OrlandoUnited tributes pouring in from fellow sports organisations and entities right around the globe.
With an incredibly emotional game to come against San Jose Earthquakes in Major League Soccer at Camping World Stadium on Saturday, here’s how I thought the OCSC players performed against Jacksonville Armada yesterday evening.