Greece Olympia’s Hadji Barry made his debut for Orlando City and Aquinas graduate Jordan Allen played for Real Salt Lake.
Orlando City SC player Adrian Winter (32) celebrates after he scored the game-tying goal in extra time during an MLS soccer game against Real Salt Lake in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, March 6, 2016. At 5-foot-11, 160 pounds, he ran the fastest 30-meter dash at the MLS Combine this year. Brek Shea found Cyle Larin on a 94th-minute cross, which Larin finished flawlessly to the top right corner.
“I thought it was wonderful, especially for me, growing up around here”, Redding said. Larin fumbled a small touch to Winter, who sent it straight into the back of the net and seal the sensational 2-2 draw as the referee blew the final whistle.
“We started the game very well; we moved the ball and looked risky”, Orlando City head coach Adrian Heath said.
“I didn’t really feel so much pressure, more just comfort knowing that they were here for me. You just don’t expect it to turn around that late”.
Red cards for either side, 90 minutes played and down by two goals.
Even the shock loss of Phillips – two fouls in the space of nine minutes – did not disturb the equilibrium of a team that seemed perfectly set up for a defensive smash-and-grab raid. The visitors counter-attacked effectively throughout the game, using quick, sharp passing to open holes in Orlando City’s defense. Come the 66th minute, Juan Manuel “Burrito” Martinez showed some skilled past a pair of defenders on the right wing, quickly finding Tony Beltran on his right.
More than 60,000 fans joined the Lions’ first hunt of the season and saw a surprising tie finish. “This was a moment to remember”.