Orlando City Falls in International Friendly

Late rally not enough for Orlando against Fluminense
by Danny Morales   |   Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Purple Pride – column on Orlando City SC (OCSC) & the Orlando & Central Florida area soccer scene.

Dom Dwyer scored his 11th goal in 8 games, but it wasn’t enough as Fluminense FC defeated Orlando City SC 4-3 in an international friendly on Saturday, June 22, in front of 11,127 fans at Fifth Third Bank Field at the Citrus Bowl.

Dwyer put Orlando City on the scoreboard early, giving his club a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute when he got a 1-on-1 with the keeper and blasted a shot into the back of the net.

“Obviously he’s in a rich playing form at this time and he got a good quality goal again this evening,” said Orlando City manager Adrian Heath of his leading striker. “More importantly he’s scored again, his confidence will stay high and he’s come through unscaved.”

Fluminense tied the match at 1-1 in the 40th minute thanks to a goal from defender Gum, who scored off of an assist by Carlinhos.

At halftime, Orlando City went into the locker room with the game tied 1-1, despite being outshot 12-4 by the Brazilian champions during the first 45 minutes.

Early in the second half, Rhayner gave Fluminense a 2-1 lead when he scored thanks to a nice pass into the box from Rafael, who found him open in front of a wide open goal.

Rafael then extended Fluminense’s lead to 3-1 in the 61st minute when he curled in a shot from the edge of the penalty box past a diving Miguel Gallardo for a goal. Orlando City began making mass substitutions following the third Fluminense goal.

“We will have learned not to give the ball away cheaply,” said Heath about what his club will take away from the loss to the Brazilian champions. “Because against good teams it can take you an awful long time to get it back.”

Samuel gave Fluminense a 4-1 lead when he scored his first goal of the game with an off balance shot that found the back of the net, but Adama Mbengue cut Fluminense’s lead to 4-2 in the 77th minute when he scored his first goal of the match.

Orlando City added another goal 2 minutes later when Jean Alexandre headed in a Mbengue shot that went begging off the crossbar in front of goal, cutting the Fluminense lead to 4-3 with 11 minutes of regulation time remaining, but the 2012 Brazilian champions were able to hold on for the win.

“We just got to take the positives out of it,” said defender Rob Valentino after the game. “Before the game we just said don’t fear them, respect them.”

Orlando now goes off to Bridgeview, Illi., on Wednesday to play against the Chicago Fire in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup.

A win over Chicago on Wednesday would guarantee City a home semifinal matchup against the winner of D.C. United/New England Revolution for a spot in the USOC final.

NEXT UP: June 26 – US Open Cup: Orlando City SC vs. Chicago Fire, Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illi. 8:30 p.m. EST, TBD. 


Valencia College
Club Domestic:
Orlando City
Club Foreign:
Real Madrid
Former athlete turned journalist who remembers the days of the Miami Fusion and Tampa Bay Mutiny, Danny now writes Orlando City news while chronicling the clubs move to become an MLS franchise.