Orlando City play to another draw


Bryce Brimhall / Valencia Voice

Kevin Molino was one of three Orlando City midfielders to score on Wednesday against the Columbus Crew.

Orlando City and the Columbus Crew played to a 4-4 draw on Wednesday in the Disney Pro Soccer Classic, in what was a back-and-forth game from start to finish.

Dennis Chin scored his first goal of the preseason in the 88th minutes, giving Orlando City what looked like the game-winning goal, but Columbus’ Ethan Finlay came and scored the game-tying goal in the 90th minute.

“I was overdue,” said Chin about his goal. “Preseason’s all about getting sharp and just trying to get as many as your chances in as possible. It’s good to get my first one in, hopefully it’s more.”

Both teams scored a combined five goals during the final 14 minutes of the game, including one from newly re-signed midfielder Adama Mbengue.

All-in-all Orlando got three goals from three different midfielders, showing that the chemistry is starting to improve in the middle.

“We’re starting to get some chemistry within the group,” said Orlando City head coach Adrian Heath. “The combination play within the mid-third of the field is becoming very, very good.

“We’re still growing and trying to put this next group of players together, there’s six or seven news players and everybody’s still not completely on the same page with their roles and responsibilities.”

Darwin Ceren was one of the Orlando midfielders to put the ball in the back of the net on Wednesday, giving him his first goal in an Orlando City uniform.

The preseason is still young for Orlando City, as this was only their 4th game all year. The Lions will return to Disney on Saturday to face the New York Red Bulls in the third place game at 6 p.m.

“We’ve still got a lot of work to do , we know that, still got a lot of stuff to nail down,” said Heath. “There’s certain things that please me and there’s stuff that doesn’t, but that’s what preseason’s about.”