Orlando City SC dominated the New Englas Revolution 6-2 in the final match of the inaugural Orlando City Invitational. The win gave Orlando 6 points and the tournament victory on a night where newly signed star Nani made his first appearance in front of fans at Orlando City Stadium.
I thought [the performance] was excellent. I thought the movement was very good; I think we can be very pleased,” Orlando City SC Head Coach James O’Connor said. “There was quite a number of players who had really strong performances. I’m delighted for our supporters, I’m delighted for the players and the coaching staff that we came to play like that. I’m really, really pleased.”
The Lions kept the attack going three minutes later with a clear pass between Santiago Patiño and Rosell, which led to New England’s Brandon Bye scoring an own goal in the 32nd minute, deflecting Rosell’s cross in. After scoring two goals in just three minutes of one another, Orlando City ended the first half with a 2-0 lead.
Orlando’s initial scoring in the first half was a penalty kick awarded after a hand ball in the Revolution’s box. Uri Rossell easily made the conversion.
Orlando’s aggressive work and crisp passing and movement gave way to 4 straight goals from Josué Colmán, Patiño, and Cristian Higuitata and a penal kick by Dillon Powers in the beginning of the second half, making it four goals in 9 minutes.
Teal Bunbury scored two goals for the New England Revolution late in the game.