For a variety of reasons, Orlando City and New York City FC have developed into natural rivals after coming into MLS as expansion partners. After Sunday's match, that rivalry saw a bit more fuel added to the fire.
Orlando City head coach Jason Kreis, who managed NYCFC in the club's inaugural season, took exception to several comments from current NYCFC boss Patrick Vieira.
Some Orlando City fans were probably disappointed to see suspended Sporting KC striker and one-time Lions loanee standout Dom Dwyer miss Saturday night's clash between Orlando City and SKC. Far more Lions fans left Orlando City Stadium dejected at what Dwyer's replacement was able to do.
Latif Blessing scored both goals, including a 73rd-minute equalizer, to help Sporting KC earn a 2-2 draw.
All Tommy Redding could do was smile and laugh. There he was, seated at his locker deep in the bowels of Yankee Stadium. He was just moments removed from another standout performance, another win anchored by the Orlando City defense.
Suddenly, from the neighboring locker, Giles Barnes butted in, and he had a point to make.
NEW YORK On paper, it doesn't make sense for Orlando City's defense to be this good this soon.
The unit features two new faces, players learning the quirks and oddities of MLS on the fly. It features an expansion draft selection and subsequent piece of trade bait, a player adjusting to a new club and a new system under what still feels like a new coach and a 20-year-old centerback, one still finding his place on the professional level after spending preseason away from his new teammates.
NEW YORK —Jason Kreis sat in a familiar spot on the podium on Sunday afternoon. He fielded questions from the New York media following a statement win at Yankee Stadium, sitting in front of an NYCFC logo felt likehis own just over a year-and-a-half ago.
Cyle Larin continuously brings his best when he faces off with New York City FC. The Canadian star has made a habit of torturing Orlando City's expansion partner, and he did so yet again on Sunday afternoon en route to a statement road win.
The Canadian international scored yet another brace against NYCFC, leading the Lions to a 2-1 road win at Yankee Stadium.
The Columbus Crew made it three consecutiveleague victories after a 2-0 win at Mapfre Stadiumover visiting Orlando City on Saturday.
Justin Meram did the majority of the damage for Gregg Berhalter's men in front of the home support in Columbus. The two-goal performance from the midfielder was his first multiple-goal showing since September 7, 2014.
When Tim Howard was named to the U.S. Men's National Team roster for the impending World Cup qualifiers, he placed a phone call to the man who convinced Howard at the age of 11 that he had extraordinary potential as a goalkeeper Tim Mulqueen.
While Howard may have surprised some observers, including USMNT head coach Bruce Arena, Mulqueen never doubted that his 38-year-old pupil would be physically fortified following a long term injury.
We're down to five undefeated teams in Major League Soccer after Week 3.
The Portland Timbersleads the pack after picking up the club'sthird win of the season on Saturday over previously-perfect Houston Dynamo. FC Dallas and Sporting Kansas City picked up wins at home to also remain without a loss out West.
Inclement weather has forced MLS to alter plans for one of this weekend's matches.
The New England Revolution announced on Friday that Saturday's match against Orlando City at Gillette Stadium has been postponed due to weather conditions. Saturday's forecast is calling forextremely cold temperatures along with wind chills that are expectedto take temperatures below 10 degrees.
ORLANDO, Fla. — New York City FC was the better side in terms of keeping possession.New York City FC was the better side in terms ofcreating chances. New York City FC was the better side in terms of keepingits players on the field.
None of that was enough to ruin Orlando City's festive night, though.
While Orlando City emerged victorious from Sunday's match against New York City FC, it came at a steep price.
Star DP midfielder Kaka will reportedly miss up to six weeks with a grade 1-2hamstring injury. Kaka was forced off the field early in Sunday's match, just before Cyle Larin put the hosts up in a match they'd eventually win, 1-0.
Very little could've dampened the spirits of Orlando City and its supporters on the opening night of the club's new stadium, but one of the things that could occurred in the 11th minute: an injury to Kaka.
The Brazilian midfielder had to be taken out of the Lions' 1-0 win over New York City FC at Orlando City Stadium with a left hamstring injury.
Orlando City suffered a big blow early on, but refused to let anything ruin its housewarming party.
After losingKaka just 11 minutes into the match, Orlando Citygot a goal from striker Cyle Larin and hung on for a 1-0 victory over New York City FC in the Lions' stadium opener on Sunday night in front of a sold-out crowd of 25,527.
Brek Shea and Giles Barnes were both in need of a change of scenery, and both big-name players received that on Saturday night as Orlando City and the Vancouver Whitecaps swapped the players in a blockbuster trade just one week before the regular season was set to begin.
Shea's career in Orlando started strong under Adrian Heath, but injuries combined with a regime change in central Florida led to less playing time for the former Stoke City and FC Dallas man toward the back end of the 2016 season.
It didn't take long for Josh Saunders to find a new team after being left off the NYCFC preseason roster earlier this week. The much-maligned goalkeeper was shipped off to Orlando City on Friday in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2019 MLS Draft.
"Josh is a veteran MLS goalkeeper that will add championship experience, leadership and depth to our side with 125 appearances in 11 years in the league," Lions general manager Niki Budalic said.
The Montreal Impact's playoffdreams may include a home match, while Orlando City's hopes of reaching the postseason are officially over.
A single Dominic Oduro goal proved just enough to lead the Impact to a 1-0 victory over the Lions on Sundayat Camping World Stadium. The win vaults the Impact to fourth in the Eastern Conference while sealing the Canadian club's second straight win following a four-game winless skid.
It was a night of wasted opportunities as 10-man Toronto FC and Orlando City drew 0-0 at BMO Field on Wednesday night.
The scoreless draw wasn't due to a lack of trying for both sides, as they combined for 23 shots during the match. TFC was especially inaccurate, registering 15 attempts but only hit the target four times.
CARSON, Calif. Giovani Dos Santos continued his torrid streak of form, netting two goals creating a third, and assisting on the fourth, as the LA Galaxy stormed past Orlando City, 4-2, before a sold out crowd of 27,167 at the Stub Hub Center on Sunday.
Dos Santos' first tally came courtesy of qualityplay from Galaxy center back Jelle Van Damme, who fired off a long pass down the left flank to the speedy Ema Boateng.
SAN JOSE, Calif.-Splitting points with Orlando City at Avaya Stadium on Wednesday night prolonged the San Jose Earthquakes' bittersweet trend. Th Earthquakes have yet to drop three points in front of their home crowd since week 31 of last season, but thanks to several undesirable come from behind last-minute draws, they haven't always secured maximum points either.
Orlando City may be willing to cope without one of its star players if, and only if,the circumstances work out for all involved.
According to a report from Goal.com, Orlando is open to a potential transfer involving Cyle Larin, but only if the the dealis enticing enough. Larin hasreportedly drawn two formal bids in recent days,although the Canadian is not moving any time soon.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Spector is set to join Orlando City if his current club, Birmingham City, signs off on an early release. Spector is reportedly in Orlando on Tuesday and could prove an answer at both fullback and centerback for a Lions team that struggled in defense throughout 2016.
Fresh off a second straight trip to MLS Cup, veteran midfielder Will Johnson is ready to join his third team in three seasons.
The Canadian national team midfielder is set to sign with Orlando City, the Orlando Sentinel reported on Wednesday. A free agent, Johnson will join the Lions from Toronto FC, which he helped reach the 2016 MLS Cup final.
Two runs of futility ended on Wednesday night at Stade Saputo, and two legends struck for their respective sides. However, it was Orlando City who overcame an early goal to earn its first road win since March 18 after defeating the 10-man Montreal Impact 4-1.