ORLANDO- Orlando City began the MLS season with a huge home win in their new stadium defeating NYCFC 1-0.
A new look NYCFC went into Orlando’s new stadium to dampen their party but The Lions showed lots of team spirit.
Morales, Wallace, Callens, Johnson and Ring all made their NYCFC debuts while ex-Toronto FC midfielder Will Johnson made his Orlando debut starting in right back and Toia made his Orlando debut as well.
It wasn’t a bright start for Orlando when their captain and best player Kaka went off injured in the opening 10 minutes of the game with a suspected hamstring injury. He was replaced by Giles Barnes who came on for his debut.
It didn’t take Barnes long to make a name for himself, when his cross found Cyle Larin back-post who was there to header the ball into the net to make it 1-0 for The Lions. Getting his 33rd goal for Orlando.
A second half that was dominated by NYCFC saw chances from Jack Harrison and David Villa just miss the target as Orlando were grinding out a result.
Cyle Larin went off late in the game with cramp in his calf but it might not be as serious as Kaka’s injury was.
Late pressure from NYCFC wasn’t enough to get back level and Orlando were victorious in their first game in front of their 25,000 fans.
NYCFC: Home v DC United. Sunday, March 12. 2:00pm EST
Orlando City: Away v New England. Saturday, March 11. 2:00pm EST.