Orlando City SC Draws With Montreal 2-2 at Olympic Stadium

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The Orlando City SC Lions took one point from the Montreal Impact’s home opener in front of 25,245 fans on Saturday after an exciting game finishing 2-2.

The first half offered a full game’s worth of drama in 45 minutes starting with Sean St. Ledger conceding a penalty after a handball in Orlando’s box, giving Montreal the 1-0 lead Ignacio Piatti took the penalty kick, scoring Montreal’s first goal of the season.

After Orlando failed to get any momentum on offense things looked bleak for the Lions following a great high ball played behind Donovan Ricketts when Jack McInerney lead the goalkeeper off his line and sent in a bouncing goal behind him giving Montreal a 2-0 lead.

Despite being down two goals, Orlando came roaring back with a goal from Pedro Riberio who was assisted by Kaká after some great ball control in the box. Orlando used the momentum to their advantage and Kaká scored his second goal of the season shortly after, bringing Orlando level with Montreal before the 30th minute.

If the first half was defined by goals then the second half was defined by yellow cards. The game became more physical as the players seemed to grow frustrated with the draw and the refs handed out four yellow cards and a number of free kicks around the pitch.

As the game winded down both teams were looking for the go-ahead winner, Ricketts seemed to get a knee injury around the 80th minute but was kept on the pitch to finish the game.

Overall the Lions seem to be improving as a team, the defending wasn’t perfect across the backline but they’re figuring out each other’s strengths and should continue to do so as the season stretches on. This was a great result for an Orlando team missing seven players and only fielding four substitutes on the bench. Next week at home against D.C. United some Lions should be back from international duty and even if they’re not fit to play the bench should be deeper.

Caitlin O'Connell

A Senior Writer and Orlando City Correspondent for 90 Minutes Strong, Caitlin has years of experience as a soccer journalist. She was the Managing Editor at World Soccer Talk and was the Events Assistant at the Boca Raton Bowl.

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