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This Week in Orlando City History: May 18th-24th

May 19, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Orlando City SC News Release

Notable Matches

May 21, 2016 vs. Montreal Impact - Cyle Larin finished off a brace with an 87th minute winner to cancel out an early goal from Ignacio Piatti and lift Orlando to a dramatic 2-1 win over Montreal at Camping World Stadium. This game was pretty nuts, with 30 shots taken between the two sides (15 for each) and Joe Bendik stopping six shots for the Lions. But it was Larin who got the glory after a gorgeous sequence which saw Cristian Higuita whip in a perfect cross for Kaká, who played an insanely clever 1-2 with Julio Baptista to unsettle the defense before finding Larin for the winner.

May 19, 2019 vs. FC Cincinnati - Orlando greeted MLS newcomers Cincinnati pretty rudely last season, stomping the new boys 5-1 at Exploria Stadium. Cincy's Darren Mattocks got the visitors feeling good early, but Tesho Akindele equalized with a sizzling strike before halftime, and the Lions blew the doors off in the second half, with a brace from Nani (the second of which marked Orlando's 200th goal in MLS), another goal from Akindele, and a feel-good moment for Dom Dwyer. Check them all out:

Notable Moments

Eric Avila's goal in the 2015 rout of LA Galaxy was an MLS Goal of the Week nominee:

This Eric Avila headed finish is up for MLS Goal of the Week. Vote here: - @EricAvila12

- Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) May 18, 2015

We mentioned Bendik's 2016 heroics against Montreal earlier-here's the best save from that night, a Save of the Week nominee:

#JoeKnows. His back to back stellar saves are up for @MLS Save of the Week!


- Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) May 24, 2016

Lion's Pride, Orlando City's very own downtown pub on Church Street, opened three years ago this week.

This place is a cathedral to watching City and eating grub.

- Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) May 23, 2017

Orlando City midfielder Sebas Méndez received his Copa America call-up for Ecuador this week last year. Méndez would go on to play in two of Ecuador's three tournament games, notching an assist against Chile.

Sebas Méndez has been called up to the @FEFecuador Copa America squad. #FaceOfCity

Full roster:

- Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) May 22, 2019

Player Birthdays

No Orlando City players were born this week.

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