Orlando City vs. New York City FC Live Blog: Instant Reactions and Analysis

Zac Wassink@https://twitter.com/ZacWassinkFeatured ColumnistOctober 16, 2015

Cyle Larin struck for a brace, and Orlando City defeated NYCFC 2-1 on Friday
Cyle Larin struck for a brace, and Orlando City defeated NYCFC 2-1 on FridayAlex Menendez/Getty Images

A Cyle Larin brace propelled Orlando City past New York City FC 2-1 in a game Orlando had to win to keep their Major League Soccer postseason hopes alive.

Orlando City dominated much of the action in the opening frame, but it was New York that entered the break with the goal advantage. The visitors struck in the final seconds of stoppage time when Kwame Watson-Siriboe made good use of a fortunate deflection and hit a rocket into the back of the net. The goal against the run of play silenced the majority of the fans who had crammed the Citrus Bowl to watch the match.

Orlando City found an equalizer in the 63rd minute. A Corey Ashe cross was headed home by Larin to level the contest. Larin scored again 20 minutes from time to put Orlando City up 2-1, and the hosts held the lead until the final whistle.

Orlando City are now, per MLSSoccer.com, a point out of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Montreal Impact, a point ahead of Orlando in the standings, will be away to New England Revolution on Saturday. Orlando City and their fans will want to watch that game from the opening kick.


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