Loanee helps lift Orlando City past Charleston Battery


Bryce Brimhall / Valencia Voice

Brian “Cobi” Span scored his first goal in an Orlando City uniform during Saturday’s 1-0 win over the Charleston Battery.

Brian Span scored the lone goal of the game, helping Orlando City SC defeat the Charleston Battery 1-0 in front of an announced crowd of 4,826 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Saturday.

“All the things that we ask of them I think they tried to do,” said Orlando City head coach Adrian Heath about his club’s performance. “And apart from a couple of isolated breakaways I thought it would have been a travesty if we hadn’t had won the game with the chances that we created tonight.

“I thought there were some very very good performances from our players.”

Orlando City and Charleston went into halftime tied at 0-0 after an opening 45 minutes which saw Orlando get into the 18-yard box often, but not get many shots off on goal.

Span gave Orlando City the lead in the 73rd minute when a cross from Adama Mbengue landed at his feet, allowing him to put the ball in the back of the net for his first goal since joining Orlando City on loan from FC Dallas.

“I was in the right place at the right time, so I was able to finish it.” said Span about his game-winning goal. “

Orlando had multiple chances on goal late in the game, but couldn’t convert any of them into goals.

The Lions finished the game outshooting the Battery 14-8. Midfielder Darwin Ceren lead Orlando City with six shots.

With the win Orlando City’s record improves to 2-0-2 with eight points for the season.

“We’ve got a couple of difficult road games,” said Heath about the club’s upcoming road trip. “But I think the win tonight will do us good.”

Orlando will now have a full week of training before their next game against the FC Dallas reserve team in Texas on Tuesday, April 22.

“It’s going to be fun playing against them,” said Span about getting to play against the reserve squad of the team that loaned him to Orlando. “I know all the players and how they play, so if coach needs some advice on who to mark, I’ll tell him.”