So the Camping World Stadium era is now over but Orlando City SC signed off in the best way possible, defeating D.C. United 4-2 in the final game at the venue.
A tough and arduous 2016 MLS campaign for the most part, Jason Kreis‘ Lions finished up only a point off sixth-placed Philadelphia Union who laboured into the playoffs on 42 points.
A case of nearly but not quite, Orlando City SC have been consummate professionals in taking maximum points from their final two league games despite seeing our MLS Cup Playoffs dream die some weeks ago.
In a fast start, Rafael Ramos squared a cross for Kevin Molino to tap in to put Orlando City SC 1-0 up in the 12th minute and from that moment forth, the Lions dominated Ben Olsen’s men with some tremendous extended spells in possession.
With Kaká in top form all afternoon, the captain was toying with the Black and Red at times, making Sean Franklin’s life a misery before coolly chipping the ball beyond Travis Worra to make it 2-0 on 21 minutes.
D.C. United were frustratingly handed a reprieve against the run of play on 42 minutes as a poorly placed back pass from Seb Hines led to Julian Büscher simply squaring to Alvaro Saborio to make it 2-1 at the half.
Kennedy Igboananike threatened another D.C. comeback by making it a one-goal game at 3-2 on 77 minutes but in what is sure to be a quiz question from here on out, the answer to the last ever Orlando City SC goalscorer at Camping World Stadium was Julio Baptista.
The Beast was subbed on for Carlos Rivas in the 75th minute and slammed home a fourth for Orlando City SC on 89 minutes to send Lions supporters into 2017 and new beginnings at Orlando City Stadium in the best possible fashion.
Orlando City SC 4 D.C. United 2 – Highlights – October 23, 2016 (Credit: Major League Soccer)
Orlando City SC vs D.C. United, 23.10.2016
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
Major League Soccer
Joe Bendik | 7/10
Rafael Ramos | 8/10
José Aja | 7/10
Seb Hines | 6/10
Mikey Ambrose | 7/10
Cristian Higuita | 8/10
Antonio Nocerino | 7/10
Matías Pérez García | 7/10
Kevin Molino | 8/10
Kaká | 9/10
Carlos Rivas | 7/10