Nearly 40,000 Orlando City Fans came to watch the Lions play and to send a message; A message that clearly says “We are United more then ever”. It was a very emotional ceremony with several people in attendance including Orlando City Mayor Buddy Dyer, First Responders, the Police Sheriff Jerry Demings and many others.
“I think it was an incredible evening for the city, for this football club, for the game in general; and for everything that’s happened this week. It’s been a really emotional, emotionally draining week for everybody connected with the football club and I thought the players responded really well. And you know I think it’s been a great evening for Orlando; not the football club, just Orlando as a city. I think our supporters – I always say they never cease to amaze me and they’ve done it again this evening and I’m just sorry that we couldn’t give them the victory they needed, that they wanted.” Head Coach Adrian Heath said.
During the half time, there were a special performance by the Orlando Gay Club and during the 49th minute of the game, everything stopped for a moment of silent to honor the 49 victims.
Although the Orlando City Players played their hearts out, it was a 2-2 tie against the San Jose Earthquakes. “It is very frustrating, we should’ve won a good amount of those games, and we need to get more points on the board because it is starting to affect our position on the table.” Heath responded after the game.