ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando City Soccer Club’s first MLS Cup Playoff match included early goals, red cards and a penalty kick shootout. In the end, the Lions prevailed against New York City FC, 1-1 (6-5), and are one step closer to an MLS Cup.
It was a confusing end to the match. Orlando City’s goalkeeper, Pedro Gallese, was given a red card during the shootout, so defender Rodrigo Schlegel had to step in. The Argentinian made one save, which allowed Benji Michel the chance to deliver the game-winning goal. The Orlando native hit his penalty kick into the upper-left corner of the goal to key the celebration at Exploria Stadium.
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Luis Nani got the scoring started for Orlando City. The captain converted a penalty kick in the fifth minute. New York City FC quickly responded with Maxime Chanot delivering the equalizer three minutes later.
Long live @RodriSchlegel 😈 pic.twitter.com/ymaQyJzpop— Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) November 21, 2020
Orlando City will now play the winner of Philadelphia and New England. The Union and Revolution are scheduled to play on November 24.
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All available tickets for Orlando City’s inaugural playoff match were sold out. An estimated six thousand fans were on hand at Exploria Stadium, with capacity limited due to COVID-19 safety precautions.
BEEEENNNNNJJIIIIIII!!!!!!!!!! #ORLvNYC | #MLSCupPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/QtTF9gUeme— Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) November 21, 2020
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