Our Designated Player made his first ever MLS start at New York Red Bulls last time out and the general consensus is that the Peruvian international fared well.
— Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) August 12, 2017
An accomplished passer
Yoshimar Yotún was brought to Central Florida due to his supreme passing ability and the 27-year-old wasted no time in demonstrating this at Red Bull Arena.
Performing in a highly impressive first half-an-hour by the Lions where we carved out multiple opportunities, Yotún completed 10 of his 13 passes in the opening 45 minutes.
The former Malmö FF helped to unlock New York Red Bulls’ back line by neatly linking up with Carlos Rivas in both the second and sixth minutes.
Again in the second-half, Yotún expertly sent a through ball high over the New York Red Bulls defence from deep in the 74th minute.
However, Aaron Long managed to miraculously catch up with Carlos Rivas who was running clear on Luis Robles’ goal when it appeared unlikely.
Yoshimar Yotún’s Orlando City SC debut at New York Red Bulls – Highlights (Credit: Embajadores Criollos)
Full of energy
It’s been heavily documented how Orlando City SC‘s midfield has failed to provide regular service to our forward line so far this season.
In a far better first-half compared to the second, Orlando City SC limited New York Red Bulls to two shots and none on target, underling the strength of our core.
— Orlando City UK (@Orlando_CityUK) August 13, 2017
Composure on the ball
After Carlos Rivas was clear down the right, the Colombian whipped in an accurate cross that was cleared by the Red Bulls defence but straight into Yotún’s path.
Collecting the ball centrally and just inside the 18-yard box, the Peruvian could’ve hit it first time but fooled the defence by taking a touch only to agonisingly strike it off the bar.
Hitting the ball cleanly, it was a genuine moment of unluckiness on the debutant’s part but his composure in this situation stood out.
77′ | YOSHI! Off the bar!
— Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) August 13, 2017
Orlando City UK looks forward to seeing what Yoshimar Yotún can produce for the remainder of the 2017 Major League Soccer campaign and beyond!