It feels fantastic to be an Orlando City SC supporter again after the Lions grabbed their first victory in six games when defeating New England Revolution 3-1 at Camping World Stadium on Sunday night.
A debut victory for new head coach Jason Kreis of course, Orlando City SC gained vital Eastern Conference ground on Revs while tying level with Jay Heaps’ side on 26 points with the Lions boasting a game in hand.
Trailing an easily taken 19th minute opener from Kei Kamara, Orlando City SC can take heart from yet another rousing second-half comeback with all three of the Lions’ goals coming after the break.
Sunday night’s 3-1 victory now means Orlando City SC have managed to salvage five points from losing positions over our last three Major League Soccer fixtures which is reassuring in our MLS Cup play-off bid.
The star of the show yesterday however was undoubtedly Trinidad and Tobago international Kevin Molino.
Entering the game having scored two goals against New England Revolution over the last two meetings between the sides, the Foxborough-based team must be sick of the sight of him with Molino having now taken that tally to four strikes!
Bagging a brace, firstly with a well taken header off a Brek Shea cross before sealing the game late on with a well-placed snap shot to Bobby Shuttleworth’s right following an outstanding period of uninterrupted Orlando City SC possession and passes, Kevin Molino was outstanding.
With great performances from returning MLS All-Stars Kaká and Cyle Larin, not to mention Brek Shea from the substitutes bench, Jason Kreis will be delighted with what he saw in his first league game in charge.
Orlando City SC now take crucial momentum into a massively important period of the season with an underperforming Seattle Sounders under the interim charge of Brian Schmetzer coming next up at home on Sunday, August 7th.
Orlando City SC 3 New England Revolution 1 – Highlights – July 31, 2016 (Credit: New England Revolution)
Orlando City SC vs New England Revolution, 31.07.2016
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
Major League Soccer
Joe Bendik | 7/10
Kevin Alston | 7/10
Seb Hines | 6/10
David Mateos | 6/10
Luke Boden | 7/10
Antonio Nocerino | 7/10
Servando Carrasco | 7/10
Hadji Barry | 6/10
Kaká | 8/10
Kevin Molino | 9/10
Cyle Larin | 8/10