Orlando City down Antigua 2-0

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On the day after his engagement, Jamie Watson scores a goal and assists another to help Orlando City defeat Antigua Barracuda 2-0 on Sunday, June 9 in front of 6,187 fans at Fifth Third Bank Field at the Citrus Bowl.

“Good weekend wasn’t it,” said Watson about his eventful weekend, in which he got engaged and his team won two games. “Very nerve racking at several different points, before Friday night, before Saturday night, before Sunday night, so I’ll be able to look back and say this was a good weekend.

“But the only reason I’ll be able to look back and say that is because we got six points, which I said at the beginning of the weekend we had to and she didn’t say no.” added Watson.

Orlando City rested many of it’s starters on Sunday, after defeating the Barracudas 7-2 in their previous matchup back in April.

Both teams remained scoreless for a majority of the match and City even subbed in USL Pro scoring leader Dom Dwyer into the game after a first half that saw Orlando outshoot Antigua 14-1.

Orlando manager Adrian Heath later subbed in Watson and Long Tan in the 53rd minutes in an effort to get something going on the pitch.

“I had to do something,” said Heath about the substitutions. “The team that was on the pitch before wouldn’t have won the game.

“I’ve learned an awful lot about a lot of people tonight.” added Heath after the game.

Watson would later score the first goal of the match after Freddie Braun earned City a penalty kick in the 86th minute, which was later converted by Watson to give Orlando a 1-0 lead late in the game.

City extended their lead to 2-0 when Dwyer scored thanks to an assist from Watson just before stoppage time. Orlando finished the match outshooting Antigua 29-2.

With the win Orlando City improves its record to 10-2-1, as they remain on the top of the USL Pro table with 32 points.

Now Orlando prepares for Sporting KC on Wednesday, June 12 at Sporting Park for their fourth round match up in the U.S. Open Cup. It’s worth noting that Sporting and Orlando met up last year in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup, a match which Orlando lost 3-2.

“We’ve all seen it before, it’s the beauty of the Open Cup,” said Watson. “Anybody can win on any night. That’s why I love it, it’s one of my favorite tournaments in the world, because anybody can beat anybody.”