ORLANDO, Fla. (June 10, 2023) – Orlando City SC (7-4-5, 26 points) defeated the Colorado Rapids (2-9-7, 13 points) 2-0 on Saturday night at Exploria Stadium.
It was good energy, solid defense, and on point scoring that gave Orlando a much needed home win after the latest home disappointments. The win give Orlando their sixth straight game without a loss, dating back to May 13th.
Orlando hit pay dirt twice in the second half, with Facundo Torres sent one in from outside the box (with a little help), and Ramiro Enrique sealed the deal late in the match for the 2-0 win.
“We are very pleased and excited to get three points in front of our fans.” Said Orlando Head Coach Oscar Pareja “It was certainly something on our mind today, winning at home and getting that confidence back. It is not an easy job. Today was very necessary to get this win and have this performance.”
Looking at the stats, Orlando had a handle on this match from the start. They had seven total shots, with two on target and three blocked, while the Rapids could only manage 2 shots with one on target. Orlando had a number of chances with crosses near the goal line, which shows stats with 10 crosses.
Orlando’s swarming defense made it difficult for Colorado to find space to work in the match.
The Rockies pitched in and helped too.
In the 39th minute, Brian Galvàn was issued a red card after an aggressive challenge against Wilder aCartagena, leaving Colorado one man down.
In the second half in the 56th minute, a cross from Rafael Santos that was denied via a kick-save from Colorado goalkeeper Marko Ilic. The rebound then fell to the foot of Mauricio Pereyra at the edge of the area, who laid off a ball to Facundo Torres, with the Uruguayan international able to cut it to his left foot before firing a shot that took a deflection straight into the back of the net.
Later, Facundo Torres got free on the right wing, taking on his defender before creating enough space to find Ramiro Enrique just inside the box. Enrique took a touch before firing off a strike with his right foot straight into the back of the net for his first goal as a Lion.
With the 2-0 win, Orlando next will travel to Gillette Stadium to battle the New England Revolution on Saturday, June 17.