ORLANDO, Fla. — More than 60,000 people filled the Orlando Citrus Bowl Sunday afternoon as the Orlando City Soccer Club tied Real Salt Lake 2-2 in its season opener.
Two late goals lifted the Lions to the draw in the team's opening game of the 2016 MLS season.
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Cyle Larin and Adrian Winter scored in the second-half to cut Real Salt Lake's 2-0 lead.
It was the second year Orlando City played its opening match before a sellout crowd.
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Vendor Joseph Favale said the sport not only unifies the city, it also stimulates the local economy.
"People come out here to have a good time," Favale said. "People are buying drinks. And once you get in that mood, people want to buy stuff."
Soccer fan Eddie Salazar said MLS soccer gives people yet another reason to visit Orlando.
"Not only does it bring money to Orlando, but it brings notoriety to the game, to the city," Salazar said. "That's what we want."
The match, which began at 2 p.m., was broadcasted live on WRDQ Central Florida's TV 27.
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