ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando City SC (7-14-2, 23 points) erased a two-goal deficit to draw the New England Revolution (7-7-8, 29 points) 3-3 on Saturday at Orlando City Stadium. MLS All-Star Yoshimar Yotún had three assists to tie the Club’s single-game record.
“When you look at how the game played out, you have to come away and think, ‘Okay, 2-nil down, you get back into it.’ 3-2 down, you manage to get an equalizer late. You need to certainly look at it as very encouraging, both from a character standpoint with the fact that we’re able to get something out of it,” Lions head coach James O’Connor said. ”But when you look at the supporters, when you look at the atmosphere the second half, the way the supporters kept chanting, kept pushing, kept driving us on, massive, massive thank-you to the supporters tonight because I think they’ve really helped us to come back into the game and get that point.”
New England jumped out to a two-goal lead after Juan Agudelo scored in the seventh minute and Cristian Penilla made it 2-0 in the 18th.
City got a much-needed goal at the stroke of halftime when Tony Rocha chipped it in for Dom Dwyer, who scored his team-leading 10th goal of the season. Yotún, who played in Wednesday’s MLS All-Star Game presented by Target against Juventus F.C., was credited with a secondary assist.
The Lions equalized in the 71st minute on an indirect free kick. Yotún curled the ball in for Amro Tarek, whose header hit the post, deflected off New England goalkeeper Matt Turner and into the net. It was Tarek’s first goal as a Lion.
New England regained the lead five minutes later when Teal Bunbury scored two minutes after coming on.
The Lions equalized in stoppage time on another indirect free kick. This time, Yotún curled the ball in for Scott Sutter, who headed in his first goal of the season.
City was reduced to 10 men in second-half stoppage time when Yotún was shown a straight red card after Video Review.
The Lions visit D.C. United on Sunday, Aug. 12, at 8 p.m. ET at Audi Field, before returning to Orlando City Stadium to host Atlanta United FC on Friday, Aug. 24.
Tickets to all City home matches are available at OrlandoCitySC.com or by calling 855-ORL-CITY.
Today marked one year since M Yoshimar Yotún signed with City. Yotún took the captain’s armband from M Sacha Kljestan when he exited the match in the 44th minute. Yotún gave the armband to F Dom Dwyer when he was shown a straight red card in stoppage time.
D PC made his third consecutive start in a single season for the first time as a Lion.
F Dom Dwyer scored his team-leading 10th goal of the season.
M Tony Rocha picked up his career-high third assist of the season.
M Yoshimar Yotún had three assists. It was the first three-assist performance by a Lion in MLS since M Kaka on Sept. 25, 2015 against the New York Red Bulls.
D Scott Sutter scored his first goal of the season and his second as a Lion. It was Sutter’s second stoppage-time equalizing header off a set piece, after tying the match 1-1 in Seattle on June 21, 2017.
Orlando City has now scored 16 goals in five home games against New England since joining MLS, the most against any opponent at home.
Orlando City tied its Club record set in 2015 by scoring 3+ goals in a match for the seventh time this season.
M Cristian Higuita set the Club’s MLS appearance record with his 88th.
NE – Juan Agudelo (Brandon Bye) 7’
NE – Cristian Penilla (Luis Caicedo) 18’
ORL – Dom Dwyer (Tony Rocha, Yoshimar Yotún) 45’
ORL – Amro Tarek (Yoshimar Yotún) 71’
NE – Teal Bunbury (Juan Agudelo) 76’
ORL – Scott Sutter (Yoshimar Yotún) 90+3’
ORL – PC (Yellow Card) 6’
NE – Brandon Bye (Yellow Card) 38’
ORL – Sacha Kljestan (Yellow Card) 39’
ORL – Dom Dwyer (Yellow Card) 90+4’
ORL – Yoshimar Yotún (Red Card) 90+8’
Orlando City SC – GK Earl Edwards, Jr., D PC (Stéfano Pinho 60’), Amro Tarek, Shane O’Neill, Scott Sutter, M Cristian Higuita (Chris Mueller 70’), Tony Rocha, Mohamed El-Munir, ⓒ Sacha Kljestan (Josué Colmán 44’), Yoshimar Yotún, F Dom Dwyer
Substitutes Not Used: GK Joe Bendik, D Chris Schuler, Donny Toia, M Will Johnson
New England Revolution – GK Matt Turner, D Brandon Bye, Antonio Delamea, Jalil Anibaba, ⓒ Andrew Farrell, Luis Caicedo, Wilfried Zahibo, Diego Fagundez (Cristhian Machado 87’), Scott Caldwell (Teal Bunbury 74’), Cristian Penilla, F Juan Agudelo
Substitutes Not Used: GK Brad Knighton, D Gabriel Somi, M Zachary Herivaux, F Krisztian Nemeth, Brian Wright
Details of the Game:
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Date: Aug. 4, 2018
ORL – 65.5 %
NE – 34.5 %
ORL – 13
NE – 14
ORL – 3
NE – 3
ORL – 11
NE – 23
ORL – 3
NE – 3