Orlando City score two in final 15 minutes to salvage 2-2 draw


Samuel Edwards / Valencia Voice

Aurélien Collin scored the game-tying goal in the 90th minute to give Orlando City a 2-2 draw against the New England Revolution.

ORLANDO — Orlando City SC was down two goals going into the 75th minute of regulation but two goals during the final 15 minutes gave the Lions a 2-2 draw against the New England Revolution in front of an announced attendance of 27,243 at the Citrus Bowl on Friday.

New England had a 1-0 lead going into halftime while having outshot Orlando 7-4 but the Lions came out in the second half applying pressure until the 71st minute when Kelyn Rowe scored to put the Revolution up 2-0.

“We had a few words at halftime,” said Orlando City manager Adrian Heath following the game. “I just thought we had to get about them a little bit more and make sure we pushed more and more men forward and give them something to defend, I didn’t think we’d done enough in the first half.”

Orlando City answered four minutes later when rookie Cyle Larin scored to cut the lead to 2-1 in the 75th minute.

Aurélien Collin tied the game at 2-2 in the 90th minute when he headed a cross from Luke Boden into the back of the net for his first goal of the season.

“I thought the response of the players was absolutely magnificent,” said Heath about the second half effort by his team. “They kept going until the very end.”

Brek Shea played in the midfield on Friday but wasn’t as effective as he was on Saturday against Ponte Preta. While Boden got the start at left back and assisted the game-tying goal.

Charlie Davies scored the first goal of the game for New England, marking his fourth goal in as many games for the Revolution.

Orlando City held New England to one shot the whole second half compared to the Lion’s eight while Orlando also maintained 66.7 percent of possession during the final 45 minutes. The Lions attack seemed to get into high gear after Larin’s goal as Orlando really turned it on following the 20-year-olds goal.

“It did kickstart it, and for the next game too” said Larin of his goal. “Just to fight for each other in a game and if we do that we’ll win.”

With the draw Orlando City’s record improves to 2-4-3 with 9 points which puts the in seventh place in the Eastern Conference going into the weekend’s slate of MLS games. New England still sits at the top of the conference with the point from Friday.

“I still think we can make the playoffs in this league,” said Heath. “And I think that we’ve shown on more than one occasion basically that we are capable of playing against the best teams in this league.”

Orlando’s next game will be on the road against D.C. United at RFK Stadium on Wednesday, May 13 at 8 p.m. EST with the game being televised on ESPN2.