Orlando City came to their home pitch and put on a scoring clinic last night, dominating the New England Revolution 6-1 in front of over 23,000 fans.
The Lions were a little stretched after just came off of a 4-0 loss in Portland on Sunday. Coach Jason Kreis places superstar Kakà as his main striker. It seriously paid off.
“It’s great. It’s really, really good that we see more guys scoring,” Lions head coach Jason Kreis said. “I think the number of players that have committed to our attacking moves has been better for a while now. I feel like we’ve gotten the right numbers involved and have been unfortunate in some of the games not to score more. So it’s good that on a night like tonight we reap some rewards from that and I think the guys all feel great. The guys that scored all feel like a little bit of a weight is off their shoulders as well.”
While Orlando City was looking for it’s fist home win since May 31, the night turned out to be a night of many team firsts. Antonio Nocerino (22′) and Yoshi Yoùn (32′) scored their first goals for the purple, Dom Dwyer hit the net for the first time in front of the home crowd, Richie Laryea notched his first MLS assist, and the six goals also mark the most goals ever scored by a home team in Orlando City Stadium.
The Revolution is still looking for it’s first win on the road this season. Their night became tougher when Xavier Kouassi was issued questionable early red card after appearing to win the ball via a clean, strong challenge on Seb Hines in the 11th min. They played the remaining 79 minutes down one man and with the Lions smelling blood.
City came out and dominated the pace of play from the beginning, and after the red card, opened the floodgates for their first three-goal first half of their MLS era.
After Nocerino and Yotùn got the scoring started, Kakà blasted a beautiful strike into the top corner from the edge of the area in the 43rd minute.
Lee Nguyen scored off a free kick in first-half stoppage time.
Kaká scored his sixth goal of the season following a mad scramble in front of goal. Kaká and Dwyer played a nice combination through the box, but after Dwyer missed an acrobatic bicycle kick and Kaká smashed it into the roof of the net.
Kaká earned a standing ovation as he exited the match for Cyle Larin in the 80th minute, and the Canadian brought the crowd to its feet again just four minutes later. Larin found Dwyer for his first goal at Orlando City Stadium as the two combined for a goal for the third time in four games. Dwyer now has three goals and four assists in his last four games.
As fans chanted “We want six! We want six!” Richie Laryea found Yotún and the Peruvian made no mistake as his blistering strike made it 6-1.
Orlando City has another short turnaround as they face FC Dallas in the purple palace on Saturday.