LIVE BLOG: Orlando City SC vs. Chicago Fire


Bryce Brimhall / Valencia Voice

Cyle Larin tied the record on August 1 with his eleventh goal of the season.

Orlando City Soccer Club (7-12-7) take on the Chicago Fire (7-13-5) tonight in the Orlando Citrus Bowl at 7:30 p.m. as both teams make their final push to make the cut for the playoffs.

Cyle Larin tied the rookie record for goals back in August against the Columbus Crew and has a possibility to break the record tonight against Chicago with one goal.

This is an important game for Orlando City because a win will mean a lot as the MLS season reaches its final two months and the Lions look to make a push to be the first expansion team to make the playoffs.

Live updates will be provided throughout the game by reporter Bryce Brimhall.

F/T – Orlando City ties the Chicago Fire 1-1, lengthening their winless streak to five games and now have a 7-12-8 record.

90′ – Two minutes of stoppage time have been added to the game.

83′ – A yellow card is called on Carlos Rivas.

82′ – Larin sets up Carlos Rivas perfectly for Rivas to knock it against the post, missing the goal. Cyle Larin is them substituted out for Pedro Ribeiro, ending his chance to break the record.

77′ – A yellow card is issued to Chicago’s Kennedy Igboananike.

60′ – Chicago substitutes Patrick Nyarko and Gilberto for Harry Shipp and Jason Johnson.

57′ – Kaka sails the ball just to the right of the post on a near miss. Orlando City now has eight shots versus Chicago’s nine shots. The Fire now lead in shots on target with two over Orlando’s one shot on target.

H/T – Orlando City heads into the locker room tied with the Chicago Fire at 1-1. Larin is still looking to score his record breaking goal.

43′ – Another yellow is issued, this time to Chicago’s Eric Gehrig.

37′ – Cyle Larin’s goal has been switched to an own-goal from Chicago’s Eric Gehrig. Larin is still one away from the record, but Orlando City ties it up at 1-1.

32′ – A yellow card is issued to Orlando defender Luke Boden after colliding with a Chicago player.

30′ – Chicago’s David Accam puts it in the net right past goalkeeper Tally Hall for a goal. Fire are now up 1-0.

28′ – Lewis Neal barely misses the goal on a bicycle kick. Orlando City and Chicago both have four shots each, with Orlando having the only shot on target.

19′ – We are back underway here at the Citrus Bowl, rain is still overhead.

18′ – Players and staff are being escorted off the field due to a lightning strike within three miles, resulting in a mandatory 30 minute delay. Updated kickoff time is now 10:45 p.m.

6′ – Larin comes close to the goal, and the record, with a near miss to the left of the post.

1′ – After just under two hours of lightning delays, the game is under way with the rain still coming down heavy.

Yet another lightning delay pushes the game to a 9:20 p.m. start time. All fans have been asked to leave their seats due to “serious weather.”

Further inclement weather has pushed kickoff to 8:38 p.m. according to team officials.

Orlando’s starting XI – GK: Tally Hall. DEF: Corey Ashe, Aurelien Colin, David Mateos, Luke Boden. MID: Darwin Ceren, Kaka, Cristian Higuita, Lewis Neal, Carlos Rivas. FWD: Cyle Larin.

There will be a 20 minute delay to the start of the game due to the weather. Kickoff is now set to 7:58 p.m.