Saturday, June 7, 2014

Orlando City cruise past Impact Reserves

By Mike Gramajo

LAKE BUENA VISTA — No Molino, no problem. 

Orlando City continued their winning ways in USL PRO with a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Impact Reserves on Saturday night at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in front of 4,612 fans. 

Brian “Cobi” Span scored both goals for OCSC, with his first opening the deadlock in the 11th minute after Luke Boden’s cross found the FC Dallas loanee, who slotted the ball from close range. Span doubled the lead in the 59th minute after dribbling past two Impact defenders and rifling the ball from long range past the goalkeeper. 

“We were nearly very good at everything,” OCSC head coach Adrian Heath told reporters. “When you consider how much play we’ve have, and how much opportunity we’ve had and created, it would of been a travesty if we hadn’t gotten three points.” 

With Orlando City having an early lead, the game reached a standstill in the 30th minute after midfielder Yordany Alvarez collapsed in the middle of the field. The OSJ followed Alvarez into Orlando’s locker room where OCSC Operations Staff told the OSJ that Alvarez suffered a concussion and had an “Irregular heartbeat,” but was considered to be okay and taken to the hospital for examination purposes. 

“We’re a very close-neck group,” said Heath on Alvarez’s exit from the match. “Obviously, they’re very concerned about their teammate. It did have a little affect on us, but we got back to playing our possession football.”

Midfielder Aodhan Quinn substituted in for the injured Alvarez in the 32nd minute. 

OCSC looked poised to score more goals in the second half, firing a series of shots in the final 10 minutes but weren’t able to convert in the final third.  

In a match that had Orlando City missing three formidable starters, much of the play in the final third looked very active for the Lions despite being able to produce two goals.   

Orlando City remain unbeaten in USL PRO, sitting in first place with 33 points and host the Orange County Blues on Wednesday at the ESPN WWOS. 

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