Orlando City bounce back from first loss with 4-1 win over Charlotte


Danny Morales / Valencia Voice

Tyler Turner scored his first professional goal during Orlando City’s game against the Charlotte Eagles.

Orlando City ended a two-game scoring drought and they did it in style, as the Lions defeated the Charlotte Eagles 4-1 on Saturday, Aug. 2 in front of  an announced attendance of 5,029 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports.

Coming off a 1-0 loss to the Rochester Rhinos last week, and being shutout for back-to-back games for the first time in club history, Orlando City came out against Charlotte with something to prove to themselves.

“As it showed today we come out there flying… with something to prove, not to anybody else, but to ourselves and to gaf (coach Heath),” said Tyler Turner after the game. “So I think we proved ourselves today and came out with a good result.”

Dennis Chin scored during stoppage time just before the end of the first half, giving Orlando City a 1-0 lead and ending a 266 minute scoring drought for the Lions, the longest in club history. The Lions last goal prior to Chin’s came on August 12th in the 49th minutesagainst the Wilmington Hammerheads.

Turner extended Orlando’s lead to 2-0 in the 48th minute, when he headed in a pass from Darwin Ceren for his first goal in an Orlando City uniform.

“Words wouldn’t even do it justice,” said Turner about his first professional goal. “It’s just an amazing feeling really, my dream is to always score a first professional goal.

“It’s just a dream come true and everythings falling into place with this season and with the team, it’s just an unreal experience and I can’t wait to score another one.”

Orlando City earned a penalty kick three minutes later when Brian Span was taken down inside the box by Juan Guzman, giving Kevin Molino the chance to put in a penalty kick from the spot.

Guzman was given a red card for the challenge on Span and Charlotte would play a man down for the rest of the match.

Molino added another goal in the 60th minute when he chipped a ball into the back of the net for his 13th goal of the season, giving Orlando City a 4-0 lead.

“I thought the performance was a lot better tonight than it’s been,” said Orlando City head coach Adrian Heath after the win. “Our last performance at Rochester was not acceptable.”

Charlotte got on the scoreboard in the 75th minute on a Wells Thompson goal that bounced off the crossbar and into the net, cutting Orlando City’s lead to 4-1.

With the win Orlando City clinches a spot in the USL PRO playoffs, while improving their record to 15-1-4 with 49 points, keeping them at the top of the table, seven points atop of the Richmond Kickers.

“That’s what we expect, it’s still nice to do it…” said Heath about clinching a spot in the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year. “We’ve still got a lot of hard work ahead of us.”

Orlando City’s next game will be on the road against the Harrisburg City Islanders in Pennsylvania on Saturday, August 9.