Orlando City get first MLS home victory with shutout of LA Galaxy


Bryce Brimhall / Valencia Voice

Cyle Larin scored his fourth goal of the season during the 4-0 win, putting him in a tie for most goals on the club with Kaká.

ORLANDO — Cyle Larin scored his third goal in as many games as Orlando City SC won their first home game as an Major League Soccer club with a 4-0 victory over the defending champion LA Galaxy at the Citrus Bowl on Sunday.

Orlando City went into the match against the Galaxy 0-3-2 at home and had scored three total goals in those five matches combined. With the Lions’ four goals on Sunday, they more than doubled their home goal total from the previous five league matches at the Citrus Bowl.

“It’s just a great day for everybody,” said Orlando City manager Adrian Heath after the game. “It was a special day all around but not the least of all getting our first MLS win at home, that was nice.”

Goalkeeper Tally Hall made his debut for Orlando City on Sunday, getting the start in net for the first time since suffering a ruptured ACL on August 29 against Sporting KC. Hall finished the game with a clean sheet while having made one save.

“It’s phenomenal,” said Hall about making his return from injury. “I’ve been watching this team, I’ve been seeing the fans and I’ve been dying to get back in it. And it is something truly special to be on the field.

“To get a win in the fashion that we did, the way we played it just felt great to be a part of that.”

Eric Avila opened up the scoring in the 12th minute when he scored his first goal of the season on a header from a Brek Shea pass that found the back of the net.

Rookie Cyle Larin scored the second goal for Orlando City when he finished off a nice 1-2 from Kaka for his fourth goal of the season, giving the Lions a 2-0 lead in the 34th minute.

“I thought the movement for the first goal and the assist from Brek was absolutely fabulous,” said Heath. “The goals were the icing on the cake against the Galaxy, they’ve been the standard bearers of this league for a long, long time.”

The Lions came out in the second half with the same intensity they showed during the opening 45 minutes and by the 54th minute were awarded a penalty kick when Kaká was tackled by the LA goalkeeper Jaime Penedo in the box. The Brazilian buried the penalty kick into the back of the net and extended Orlando’s lead to 3-0.

Darwin Ceren scored his first goal of the season when he found the back of the net with a shot from outside the 18-yard box that brought the Lions lead to 4-0 in the 73rd minute of the match. Following the match, coach Heath said that he thought Ceren was “the best player on the field today.”

With the goals now starting to come for Orlando City the focus will shift to getting the club healthy. Aurelien Collin and Pedro Ribeiro are still injured along with a few other players, but Collin could come back as soon as this weekend, while a return to the pitch on May 30 against Columbus is more likely for the French defender.

Martin Paterson saw his first action in an Orlando City SC uniform on Sunday when he was substituted onto the pitch in the 83rd minute and even got a few touches of the ball late in the game.

With the win, Orlando City’s record improves to 3-5-3 with 12 points for the season, as the Lions have earned four points over the last two home games. The Lions are now 1-3-2 at the Citrus Bowl this season.

Orlando City will now get a full week of training before traveling to Santa Clara, California for a matchup against the San Jose Earthquake at Levi’s Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST with the game being televised on Fox Sports 1.

All photos by Bryce Brimhall / Valencia Voice