Rain delays can’t stop Orlando City’s 3-1 defeat over Rochester

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Courtesy of Orlando City Soccer Club

ORLANDO – Long Tan, Dominic Dwyer and Jamie Watson all found the back of the net for the Orlando City Lions as they cruised passed the Rochester Rhinos 3-1 at the Citrus Bowl on Sunday, April 14.

“Yeah, it’s a good record, one that will continue,” said City head coach Adrian Heath. Orlando City has a 5-0-1 record versus the Rochester Rhinos all-time.

Bad weather affected the game early on as the storms rolled in to cause problems as the game was delayed two times by lightning in the area. The first delay lasted 56 minutes and the second one was 58 minutes long for a total of nearly two hours in delays.

“Obviously, it was difficult for them with the other game a day before, you know, that’s the nature of our league,” said Heath. “I thought we were worthy winners this evening.”

Orlando City early on had opportunities to score, but couldn’t convert the opportunities as one of the attempts hit the post and the other just couldn’t find the back of the net.

Orlando City got on the board first even though there was torrential rainfall as Tan scored to give Orlando a 1-0 lead in the 45th minute.

City added to the tally as Dwyer in the 47th minute of play scored off a rebound to give Orlando 2-0 lead two after a short halftime.

Watson scored a scrappy goal in the 62nd minute to put the game out of Rochester’s reach and claimed the victory for Orlando City to make their record now a 2-1-0 on the season.

“Coach was pleased at our play in the first half, it felt really good I think it was scrappy and ugly, but sometimes just to get the first one kind of breaks the ice so I was pleased and it put the game away,” said Watson.

Orlando City next play the L.A. Blues at the Citrus Bowl on Friday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m.