Orlando City Breaks home slump with 2-0 Win over La Galaxy

ORLANDO, FL – Orlando City SC (4-3-2, 14 points) took down a struggling La Galaxy team (1-5-3, 6 points) 2-0 on a rainy Saturday night in Downtown Orlando.

Orlando, Florida, USA, April 29, 2023, Orlando City SC forward Ercan Kara #9 gets fouled in the second half at Exploria Stadium. (Photo Credit: Marty Jean-Louis)

The Lions  Ercan Kara and Facundo Torres hit the back of the net for Orlando, the second goal of the sason for Karaa, but Torres’s first.

Orlando also had a third ball hit the back of the net that was called back after VAR, but more on that later.

Before Saturday night’s win at Exploria Stadium, Orlando City struggled to bring win to it’s home fans, something that they haven’t been able to bring home for over two months.

There was a renewed energy at the stadium as the Galaxy seemed a perfect victim to right things against.

In the 33rd minute, Orlando managed to put the al in the bak of the net after a Cesar Araujo blast, but prior to the ball going th Araujo, the ball made a strange deflection off of Torres. After VAR, it was determined to ba a handball off of Facu and the goal was called off.

Orlando, Florida, USA, April 29, 2023, Orlando City SC midfielder Facundo Torres #17 celebrate after scoring against the LA Galaxy at Exploria Stadium. (Photo Credit: Marty Jean-Louis)

Ercan Kara managed to get it right back in the 37th minute with a header of a ball from Mikey Holliday for a 1-0 score. 

Later, in the second half, Torres managed to make a ball from Kara, after a heel touch by Martín Ojeda and sent in tricking tiny he goat double Orlando’s Score.

Goalkeeper Pedro Gallese and the Lions defense tallied their third clean sheet of the campaign in a match that saw him break the Club-record for goalkeeper appearances with his 93rd in all competitions as a Lion, passing former City goalkeeper Joe Bendik.

“Today the boys showed that they have such character. “Said Orlando Head Coach Oscar Pareja “and tremendous spirit to overcome [those difficulties]. I’m very happy for the fans and for the players. Regarding the game, we played a very good first half. We played very well against a team who changed the model in the second half and occupied different spaces to find some difficulties to control the wing. At the end, our players had the energy to send the results and create a couple more chances today. The goal that Ercan [Kara scored] and Michael [Halliday’s] assist are such a highlight for us. It’s very good for us.”

Orlando faces Montreal FFC on Saturday May 6th up across the border.

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