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Orlando City SC Defeats Nashville SC 1-0 to Advance to Eastern Conference Semifinal

November 8, 2023 - Major League Soccer (MLS)
Orlando City SC News Release


NASHVILLE - No. 2 Orlando City SC defeated No. 7 Nashville SC on Tuesday night at GEODIS Park to complete the sweep of the best-of-three Round One series in the 2023 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs. The win marks the Club's first road win in postseason history, clinching its place in the Eastern Conference Semifinal for the second time in Club history and the first since 2020.

The Lions will next host the winner of the No. 3 Columbus Crew/No. 6 Atlanta United FC in the Eastern Conference Semifinal at Exploria Stadium, with the date to be announced later.

Iván Angulo was the lone goal scorer on the night, netting the game-winning goal and his first career Audi MLS Cup Playoff goal. He is the fifth Lion in Club history to score in the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs.

Goalkeeper Pedro Gallese recorded his second consecutive shutout of the postseason, his 13th across all competitions, making four saves in the game.

Scoring Summary:

6' Iván Angulo - ORL 1, NSH 0

The Lions capitalized early in the match, forcing Nashville into a tough back pass within their own penalty area that was intercepted by Iván Angulo. The Colombian fought off two defenders before popping a shot over the head of Joe Willis for the game's opening and lone goal.

Head Coach Oscar Pareja:

"First, I would like to start by congratulating the players and a squad that has been very responsible and very professional in representing our community and our fans. I think we are all very proud about what they did on the field. Relating to the game, I thought we played a very complete match, especially because we were solid in the attacking areas and could have probably scored a couple more goals, but against Nashville that is not an easy task. We defended all those crosses and when they were throwing bodies in front, we still controlled the game and we are happy because we looked more mature today. We continue with our journey thinking that we can do it. We are very proud and, again, I want to congratulate the players on the tremendous effort that they have done."

Match Notes:

With his goal in the game, Iván Angulo recorded his sixth goal across all competitions this season and first career MLS postseason goal.

The Lions have now won their last six games, dating back to Sept. 30, a 3-0 win at Montreal.

Goalkeeper Pedro Gallese made four saves on the night, picking up his second shutout of the postseason and 13th across all competitions this year.

The win marked Orlando's first road playoff win in Club history.

Orlando advances to the Eastern Conference Semifinal for the second time in Club history, last achieving the feat during the 2020 season.

Head Coach Oscar Pareja made no changes to his starting XI on Tuesday night, going with the same lineup that earned a 1-0 win over Nashville in Game 1 at Exploria Stadium.

Teams 1 2 F

Orlando City SC 1 0 1

Nashville SC 0 0 0

Scoring Summary:

ORL - Iván Angulo 6'

Misconduct Summary:

NSH - Sam Surridge (Yellow Card) 23'

NSH - Anibal Godoy (Yellow Card) 24'

ORL - Wilder Cartagena (Yellow Card) 27'

ORL - Mauricio Pereyra (Yellow Card) 36'

ORL - Rafael Santos (Yellow Card) 60'

NSH - Teal Bunbury (Yellow Card) 88'

ORL - Rodrigo Schlegel (Yellow Card) 90+2'

ORL - Pedro Gallese (Yellow Card) 90+2

NSH - Daniel Lovitz (Yellow Card) 90+3'

Lineups/Substitutions:

Orlando City SC - GK Pedro Gallese; D Dagur Dan Thórhallsson, Rodrigo Schlegel, Robin Jansson, Rafael Santos (Kyle Smith 72'); M Mauricio Pereyra © (Júnior Urso 68'), Wilder Cartagena, César Araújo; F Iván Angulo (Martín Ojeda 68'), Facundo Torres, Duncan McGuire (Antonio Carlos 80')

Substitutes Not Used: GK Mason Stajduhar; D Mikey Halliday; M Felipe Martins, Gastón González

Nashville SC - GK Joe Willis; D Lukas MacNaughton (Teal Bunbury 76'), Shaq Moore, Walker Zimmerman ©, Daniel Lovitz; M Anibal Godoy, Alex Muyl (Jacob Shaffelburg 58'), Hany Mukhtar, Dax McCarty (Sean Davis 58'); F Sam Surridge, Fafa Picault

Substitutes Not Used: GK Elliot Panicco; D Josh Bauer, Taylor Washington, Jack Maher; M Brian Anunga, Luke Haakenson

Details of the Game:

Time: 9 p.m. ET

Weather: Clear

Date: Nov. 7, 2023

Attendance: 25,315

Stats:

Possession:

ORL - 46.7%

NSH - 53.3%

Shots:

ORL - 16

NSH - 10

Saves:

ORL - 4

NSH - 4

Fouls:

ORL - 9

NSH - 14

Corners:

ORL - 5

NSH - 0

Heineken Star of the Match: Rodrigo Schlegel


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