While draws have been the bane of Orlando City SC‘s 2016 Major League Soccer campaign so far, the feeling is that a draw was okay in the circumstances, not only because it was a comeback win on the road but because Jason Kreis can take the team forward from this point.
In all honesty, Orlando City SC‘s performance in the first half at MAPFRE Stadium left a lot to be desired with Tony Tchani’s 20th minute opener scored way too easily with stand-in captain Seb Hines failing to get a tackle in.
With further defensive errors leading to Joe Bendik needing to sprint off his line to try and deny Columbus Crew hotshot Ola Kamara who he tripped just before half-time, the Norwegian international converted the resulting penalty kick and Orlando City SC had it all to do.
Getting back in the game in just a five-minute spell between the 65th and 70th minute, goals from Kevin Molino and then Cyle Larin totally shocked Columbus Crew who have been struggling to hold leads in MLS for most of the season.
And it was Cyle Larin who might’ve even won the game late on with Crew stopper Steve Clark denying him excellently although Wil Trapp, Federico Higuain and Ola Kamara had opportunities to win it themselves in a frantic final ten minutes.
Orlando City SC now return home for Jason Kreis‘ first game in charge when the Lions take on New England Revolution at Camping World Stadium on Sunday July 31st.
Prior to that of course is the Lions’ mid-season friendly against English Premier League outfit and affiliate Stoke City on Wednesday July 27th at Titan Soccer Complex, Melbourne.
Columbus Crew 2 Orlando City SC 2 – Highlights – July 23, 2016 (Credit: Polem Music)
Columbus Crew vs Orlando City SC, 23.07.2016
MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Major League Soccer
Joe Bendik | 8/10
Kevin Alston | 6/10
Seb Hines | 5/10
David Mateos | 5/10
Luke Boden | 7/10
Servando Carrasco | 6/10
Darwin Cerén | 7/10
Hadji Barry | 6/10
Julio Baptista | 6/10
Kevin Molino | 8/10
Cyle Larin | 7/10